Orthodontic treatment helps with regards to health issues as well as straightening teeth.
When teeth are straight they are easier to clean properly. Consequently, the risk of tooth decay is diminished.
Because the biting function of a person’s teeth is affected, chewing food can be problematic. This may lead to issues regarding a person’s ability to chew certain types of food, and, in a worst case scenario, they may end up suffering from poor nutrition.
The inability to bite efficiently can also result in more wear and tear for the back teeth. Misaligned teeth will result in the great force, that’s involved in the biting function, impacting more on the back teeth than would normally be the case with straight teeth.
Its more advantageous to have orthodontic treatment in childhood than in adulthood. Screening can begin as early as 7 years of age, as some permanent teeth will have come through by then, and possible future problems can be identified at an early age. The adolescent/teenage years are a time when all the permanent teeth have emerged, and this is a better time to have treatment than in adulthood – when dental problems may be more difficult to address and involve more than one professional having to treat the patient.
There are two basic phases of orthodontic treatment – active and retention. Braces, or an appliance that works in a similar way, will be involved in the active phase. These will be used to help straighten teeth, and to improve the biting function of the patient. The retaining phase involves ensuring that the teeth will stay in their altered position, following the corrective work that was undertaken during the active phase.
There are several different types of braces, which can be used during orthodontic treatment. These include removable invisible braces that are not very noticeable to others, more comfortable low-friction braces, braces that are used on the front teeth only, and tooth-coloured wires and brackets that can help to give a patient a smile several times faster than by other orthodontic methods.
If you are interested in adult orthodontics or you have any questions please contact us at the practice we are always happy to discuss this with you.