At Totally Smiles, we believe that every smile makes a statement. You can be confident yours will say exactly what you want with straight even teeth, thanks to orthodontics.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the field of dentistry concerned with helping customers fix misaligned teeth. Signs that an orthodontic treatment may help you include:
- Crooked teeth
- Mouth breathing
- Teeth grinding
- Jaw pain or clicking
- Dry mouth
- Dark circles or patches under the eyes
- Constant tiredness
- Enlarged tonsils
Our orthodontics patients are typically young teenagers who may be experiencing dental problems because of misaligned teeth. However, many patients come to us later in life too because they want the confidence that an attractive smile may bring.
How does it work?
Dental appliances are used to move teeth in the ideal position by placing very strong and continuous pressure on the teeth and jaws. This pressure helps the bone to change its shape, which then affects the movement of the teeth. These appliances work slowly and may be applied for a period of a year or more, depending on the requirements of the customer.
What are my options?
There are various types of appliances that fall broadly into either the fixed or removable category.
Fixed appliances include traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and space maintainers, among others. As the name suggests, these are fixed to the teeth for a certain period of time. While some may find these unattractive and uncomfortable, these may be the most effective solution depending on the dental work required.
Removable appliances such as clear aligners are those that may be removed. In this regard, maintaining better oral hygiene may be easier as you can take them out while eating, brushing your teeth, and flossing. However, having the freedom to remove them when desired may also impede or slow down progress.
We take a “no surprises” approach and our trustworthy team will always give you clear explanations about your options before drawing up a treatment plan suited to your unique needs.
How often are check-ups required?
A regular check-up is usually required within two weeks to a month in order for us to examine the progress of the movement of your jaw bone and teeth. We then increase or decrease the amount of pressure of the braces or proceed to the next set of clear aligners. Our approachable team also welcomes this opportunity to answer any questions you may have because we want you to remain involved with your treatment and long-term dental outcomes.
For more information on orthodontics, contact your local Totally Smiles practice, or book an appointment online now.