Orthodontic treatment is a specialist type of dental treatment that addresses teeth and jaws that are incorrectly positioned. Many people have not been blessed with naturally perfectly aligned teeth and the number of referrals for orthodontic treatment is growing year on year.
You could be forgiven for thinking that correctly positioned teeth were primarily a cosmetic concern. However, crooked teeth and misaligned bites can create a whole variety of health problems including head, shoulder, neck and jaw pain, not to mention a risk of early tooth decay due to them being particularly hard to keep clean. Therefore, orthodontic treatment is an investment in the future of your oral health, giving you a healthier mouth and a more confident smile.
Problems that can be overcome with orthodontic treatment Your dentist may recommend you for orthodontic treatment if:
Your teeth do not sufficiently fill your mouth,
leaving you with lots of gaps.
You have too many teeth trying to fit onto the dental ridge.
You have an overbite – where the top teeth stick out over the bottom teeth when biting together.
You have an under-bite – where the bottom teeth sit further forward than the top teeth when biting together.
You have an open bite – where there are spaces between the surfaces of your teeth when biting together.
You have a cross-bite – where the upper teeth fail to come down just in front of the lower teeth when biting together.
The centerline of your top teeth fails to fall in line with the center of your bottom teeth.
During your initial consultation with your orthodontic specialist, you will discuss which type of orthodontic treatment is right for you based on your specific needs. Sometimes more than one type of treatment is needed.