What is orthodontics?
A specialist branch of dentistry involved in treating problems with the bite or aesthetic concerns. Orthodontics can be performed by general dentists. General dentists are also allowed to perform orthodontic treatments if they have had appropriate training.
When should orthodontics be considered?
When the dentist recommends it or when you have aesthetic concerns for your child. Your child must be motivated to keep the teeth clean.
Who is suitable for orthodontics?Motivated patients who have undergone an orthodontic assessment and who are willing to wear a retainer for life.
What are the benefits of orthodontics?
It is the gold standard to straighten teeth. Prevents future problems with the bite, function, the jaw and the appearance. There is no tooth destruction.
What are the disadvantages of orthodontics?
Orthodontic treatment requires maintenance for life. A retainer (fixed wire or gumshield) is required to keep the teeth in position and prevent them from moving. Fixed appliances can sometimes cause decalcification (use of a fluoride mouthrinse and monitor the diet will minimise this risk)
Tips: Professional cleaning to remove food debris and bacteria from
the brace are required. An electric toothbrush will be more effective at cleaning than
a manual toothbrush.
Poor oral hygiene can result in tooth decay and gum disease so keep your child motivated to keep the teeth and gums clean!
Always tell the dentist what you want to fix. If you just want one tooth corrected then say it otherwise treatment may take longer if they try and fix other orthodontic concerns which may not be a concern to you.
Brush after every meal.