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What is orthodontics?

For many of our patients, when they think about orthodontics they immediately think of metal braces but there is a lot more to this profession. Orthodontics is in fact a specialist branch of dentistry which is concerned with correcting the alignment of a patient's teeth and jaws. This correction is done in conjunction with the evaluation and analysis of a patient's overall facial and bone structure.

What does an orthodontist do?

You go to your family dentist for regular check-ups (or you should anyway), so why do you need to see an orthodontist? Orthodontists and dentists play two very different, but equally important, roles in the care of your teeth.

An orthodontist started out as a dentist, so understands the fundamentals of this area of dentistry, but has since gone on to specialise in the field of orthodontics. This requires an additional two-to-three years of study. This now qualifies them to use orthodontic appliances to move your teeth and jaw into alignment.

Types of orthodontic problems

How do you know if you need to see an orthodontist? If you suffer from any of the following issues, you could certainly benefit from orthodontic treatment:

Crowding

Crowding

This problem occurs when teeth are fighting for space in your mouth.

 
 

Spacing

Spacing

The opposite to crowding, this problem occurs when there are big gaps between your teeth.

 
 

Overbite

Overbite

If your top teeth sit out past your bottom teeth too far, this is the result of incorrect alignment of your jaw, known as an overbite.

 
 

Underbite

Underbite

The opposite of an overbite, this problem occurs when your lower teeth jut out from your top teeth.

 
 

Open bite

Open bite

If you are unable to get your teeth to meet when you bite down on your back molars, this is known as an open bite and is another result of a misaligned jaw.

 
 

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Thank you for eberything you are doing in Maria’s treatment in such a short space of time, we are truly grateful, thank you.

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Thank you so much for the wonderful work that you have put into my treatment! Before I had braces I was very aware and self-conscious about smiling. I did not have nice teeth and would feel embarassed whenever I smiled. However, now that my treatment is finally finished I have the confidence to smile a huge smile. Although the process was quite long (because of the state of my teeth) it was definately well worth the wait.

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