The role of orthodontics is to align teeth and jaws to improve function and appearance. Having crowded , crooked and protruding teeth can affect confidence and self esteem. Orthodontics can be done using fixed or removable appliances, depending on the problem and patent preference.
Orthodontic treatment has health benefits greater than just achieving straight teeth.
Good orthodontics will address the cause of the problem, not just treat the crooked teeth. This involves encouraging the development of good craniofacial structures.
Traditionally, orthodontics used to focus on creating straight teeth without regard to the underlying cause. This approach fails to achieve good facial development and relapse of the teeth after the retainers are removed was common. The reason for the relapse is that the poor muscle and breathing patterns that originally caused the teeth to become crooked have not been addressed so the teeth once again move back to the crooked position when they are no longer being held in place by retainers.
It is vital that a correct diagnosis is made before any orthodontic treatment is started. By fully diagnosing the problem and creating a treatment plan it is possible to estimate the time that the treatment will take and to give a costing for each individual.
There are a number of options when treating orthodontic problems;
Small removable plates designed to exactly fit onto the upper and lower jaw can be a good option for some orthodontic issues. These appliances can be removed by the patient for cleaning and they work by applying gentle forces to the teeth by screws and wires. They are generally easy to get used to and after a couple of days they are comfortable and easy to wear.
Myobrace can achieve movement of teeth without braces and without the need for tooth removal. It involves a series of removable oral appliances that are worn 1-2 hours a day and overnight while sleeping.
Myobrace is a muscle training system which encourages jaw growth and good development of craniofacial structures. Good development occurs when the child exhibits the following habits: Lips together at rest. Tongue resting in the roof of the mouth. Breathing through the nose (not the mouth) day and night. No lip or cheek movement when swallowing.
With good craniofacial development comes improvement in tooth position, jaw size and airway.
Myobrace treats children while they are still growing, correcting poor oral habits that impact negatively on the development of the face, teeth and jaws thereby creating a beautiful smile and and a symmetrical beautiful face.
Braces or Fixed Orthodontics
Metal Braces. Because braces are robust they are frequently recommended for complex orthodontic treatment. The system consists of brackets applied to each tooth with a thin wire along the arch which gradually puts tension on the teeth to gently move them into the correct alignment. With new techniques treatment time is now much quicker than it once was and the results achieved are outstanding.
Ceramic Braces. These perform the same function as metal braces but because they are made from tooth coloured material they are less visible.
Orthodontic problems can be treated at virtually any age. Treatment can often be started before a child has lost all their baby teeth, and it can also be very successful for adults.
Paul Dixon has been treating orthodontic problems for over 25 years. Though not a specialist orthodontist, as a general dentist he has devoted years of study to orthodontics, and enjoys helping people look and feel their best. He attends regular courses on the subject and uses the latest techniques.
If you think your child has an orthodontic problem or if you would like to find out what orthodontics can do for you, make a time to see Paul. He will assess your needs and explain the options available to give you a beautiful smile.