What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry. It deals with diagnosing, preventing and treating problems with teeth and jaw alignment. These problems are called malocclusions or ‘bad bite’.

In orthodontics, corrective appliances are designed and used by specialists to treat bad bites. Braces, headgear, plates and other appliances are just some examples of these treatments.

Orthodontic treatment enhances the health, function and appearance of your teeth. Here are some of the top reasons why people seek orthodontic treatment:

Looking Good!
Put simply, orthodontic treatment gives people a more attractive smile. This can work wonders on a person’s confidence and is a prime reason why people choose an orthodontic specialist.

Maintaining Hygiene

Maintaining proper dental hygiene is vital to preventing gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss. Unfortunately, crooked, crowded or overlapping teeth make cleaning difficult, no matter how diligently you brush! Getting your teeth straightened makes it far easier to care for them.

Speech

Poor alignment of the teeth and jaws can impact the way people speak. Some people seek orthodontic treatment to help improve their speech.

Problems with the Jaw Joint

A bad bite may cause stress to a person’s jaw joint. In turn, this can cause damage around the joint area. Many sufferers also report pain in their jaw.

Wear and Tear

Bad bites may lead to grinding, clenching or excessive and uneven wear on your teeth. Having your teeth aligned may reduce these problems dramatically.

Gum Damage

Teeth can cause damage to gums when a bad bite is particularly severe. By way of example, if a person has a deep bite, the gum behind the top front teeth may be bitten by the bottom front teeth.

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