What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the field of dentistry concerned with diagnosis, prevention and treatment of malocclusion. In other words it is straightening of the teeth. With the use of modern technology, our Apollonia clinicians can eliminate spaces, correct overlapping teeth, and move teeth into an improved position and so improve the bite.
When should you have Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is making the best of your teeth and improving the harmony of your mouth and jaws. Age is not a barrier to treatment. At Apollonia Dental we have treated patients with orthodontics from age 8 to 70. Orthodontics is frequently done during teenage years, however, because of the discreet and effective nature aligner treatments such as In-line invisible braces more and more adults are choosing to have treatment in order to enhance their appearance, dental health and improve their confidence.
Choosing you clinician
Orthodontics is a highly specialised area of dentistry. Adrian Bennett is our Orthodontic clinician he has a Special Interest in Orthodontics and is a member of the British Orthodontic Society. He has worked almost exclusively with the Damon Braces system for over ten years and accepts referrals for children and adults and is able to treat complex cases.
Before any treatment commences we will provide you with a full treatment plan detailing the costs and the procedure so you are in full control of your care.
When we first meet you we will discuss your needs and the pro’s and con’s of each treatment. In order to allow us to effectively plan your case we will need to complete a comprehensive orthodontic examination. This may require xrays. When we talk through the treatment options available to you, we encourage you to ask any questions so you can decide what treatment is right for you.
What is the right solution for me?
If you would like to discuss the options available in more detail call us today on 01457 821800 to arrange your consultation. We will be able to discuss all your suitable options in detail and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can benefit from orthodontic treatment?
There is never a point in life where we cannot move healthy crooked teeth into their ideal position.
Why are my teeth not straight?
There are many causes of overcrowding, gaps and crooked teeth. For some people it can be inherited or possibly acquired, either due to a habit (sucking of the thumb, prolonged use of a dummy) or because of the premature loss of milk teeth or adult teeth.
What can be treated?
Orthodontic problems can have a profound impact on a person and their social and professional life. Depending on the extent of a problem, a person may even be too ashamed to smile. Effective orthodontic treatment not only improves the dento-facial appearance, but also goes a long way to improving the patient’s self-confidence.
Should teeth be straightened for health reasons?
The correcting of poor dental positioning has the added benefit of improving oral hygiene as crowded or crooked teeth are often hard to clean properly. With such an improvement in a patient’s oral hygiene, the risk of gum disease for example – which can result in loss of teeth in extreme cases – is prevented.
What other benefits does teeth straightening offer?
Orthodontic treatment improves chewing efficiency by re-establishing the correct relationship between lower and upper teeth, removing the difficulty a patient may have when chewing certain kinds of food and so providing better nutrition.
In some cases, orthodontics can also prevent complications in the temporomandibular joint (the joint which joins the jaw to the skull). Chronic pain in the head, face, neck or ears, as well as dizziness, nausea and restricted ability to open and close the mouth can originate here.
Before and After