Orthodontic treatment is about making the best of your mouth; it's about improving the harmony of your teeth and jaws. Once you can bite together correctly, you can eat more comfortably and care for your teeth and gums more easily - and your smile will benefit immensly too!Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry concerned with the growth and development of the teeth and jaws. It also deals with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Crooked or overcrowded teeth can cause a variety of problems, including tooth decay, gum disease and damage to jaw joints. An attractive smile and improved self-image is just one of the benefits of orthodontic treatment.
Fortunately for the majority of children, the teeth develop normally. As the child grows and their face and jaws develop, ‘baby' teeth become loose and are eventually replaced by a set of adult teeth. Any disruption in the normal course of events may be a signal to investigate further. Here at St. Michaels Dental Practice we can refer you to a specialist Orthodontist who is an expert in diagnosing and managing problems relating to the developing teeth and jaws and although most orthodontic problems are best treated with traditional braces, some problems need to be treated as soon as they are noticed, no matter how young a child is..
When is the right time for braces?
Patients with orthodontic problems can benefit from treatment at almost any age and it is important to realise that there is no age limit! Here at St. Michaels Dental Practice with modern techniques and virtually invisible braces an increasing number of adults are looking to orthodontic treatment to correct their teeth and improve their smiles.
For further information on braces and straightening teeth, please see our section on Straightening Teeth/Tooth | Braces.