Orthodontics is the speciality of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of misaligned teeth, jaws and bite patterns. Orthodontists have advanced training and the expertise to realign crooked teeth. Read on to find out when to see an orthodontist and what treatment is right for you!
Why might I need to see an orthodontist?
Most commonly, patients will see an orthodontist to correct misaligned teeth, but you might also see one if you need to correct your bite or the alignment of your jaw. You will get a thorough diagnosis and treatment plan to straighten your teeth and jaw alignment. A treatment plan often consists of braces and retainers.
What’s the difference between dentistry and orthodontics?
Dentists treat overall oral health such as cavities, mild gum disease and extractions. They also improve the appearance of teeth with bonding, veneers or crowns. Orthodontics requires additional training and is focused on straightening the teeth, bite and jaw. You’ll often be referred onwards for further orthodontic treatment after a dentistry check-up if you want to straighten your teeth and jaw.
What can an orthodontist do?
Commonly orthodontists create a specialty treatment plan focused on braces and retainers. Options include traditional braces, Invisalign or removable appliances to move the jaw. Braces have been around for thousands of years and have improved vastly in recent years.
What orthodontic options does Duncan Dental offer?
At Duncan Dental we offer advanced orthodontic treatments. These include the removable twin-block appliances which have treated thousands of patients to align their front teeth and jaw. Invisalign is a popular choice consisting of clear braces that can be easily removed. Traditional braces have developed greatly and only the top quality systems are used at Duncan Dental.
How do I choose the right treatment for me?
Before a diagnosis and being provided with an orthodontic treatment option and plan, you will have a full check-up to see what’s right for you. Your orthodontist will provide options, recommendations and a treatment plan. You may already know what you wish to opt for, such as an Invisalign treatment, and a full examination will confirm if it’s the right choice for you.
What is the outcome?
You can enjoy straight teeth and an aligned bite and jaw. It’s incredible what can be achieved with orthodontics. If you’d like to book an appointment to find out more, contact Duncan Dental today.