Orthodontic treatment is one of the most common forms of dental treatment offered by Goodall Dental Practice.
What is orthodontics?
Dental orthodontics is the practice of correcting abnormally arranged or crooked teeth. Orthodontic treatment can be used to correct:
- Protruding upper front teeth
- The crowding of teeth in people with narrow jaws
- A reverse bite when the upper teeth bite behind the lower teeth
- A deep bite where the upper teeth cover the lower teeth by too much
- An open bite where the teeth don’t meet when the mouth is closed
- Impacted teeth where adult teeth do not come through properly when they grow in the wrong position
Orthodontics dentists will improve the appearance, function and position of teeth, straighten teeth, and move out of place teeth into a better position. Teeth that are straight and aligned properly are easier to clean, and so, minimise the potential for problems in the future.
What types of treatments are there?
The exact orthodontal treatment will depend upon the individual problems of the patient’s teeth. Our local orthodontist will assess the teeth through inspection and possibly with x-rays, plaster models and photographs. In most cases, orthodontic dental treatment will include using one of two types of dental braces:
- Fixed braces are used when the treatment needs to be precise or when a number of teeth need to be corrected. Fixed braces are usually made out of metal, but with private treatment they can be made out of ceramic or clear plastics.
- Removable braces are used to correct minor problems such as slightly crooked teeth and can be taken out for cleaning.
Orthodontics treatments may also include the removal of some teeth. The length of treatment varies, but most typically lasts for 18 to 24 months.
How can it benefit?
Orthodontic treatment can be used to correct a bite so that teeth meet correctly and, additionally to aesthetics, this will ensure that teeth do not get damaged in the future and reduce the amount of strain put onto jaw muscles. Additional brushing and oral hygiene is recommended, particularly when wearing braces, to remove food fragments and bacteria.
If you need a Walsall orthodontist, then please contact our orthodontist in Walsall by calling Goodall Dental Practice on 01922 642621.