Straighten out your smile and benefit from a better bite
Orthodontic corrections have come a long way since the old ‘metal micky’ braces of old. Today there are numerous options available to correct crooked teeth and ensure a perfect bite.
Overbites, cross bites and crooked teeth are not just cosmetic issues. A poorly formed bite can mean the jaw does not work efficiently, which can result in unnecessary wear and tear on teeth.
Orthodontists are specialist dentists who are highly skilled in the treatment of orthodontic issues. Modern orthodontic treatments focus on correcting the facial structure if needed, so the results not only look great but support excellent wellbeing as well.
There are many different types of dental braces and many Dental Care Network practices use the latest orthodontic assessment technology to ensure the best diagnosis and treatment plan.
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Orthodontics is a specialised field of dentistry that addresses the alignment and position of teeth in relation to the structure of the face. The field takes its meaning from the Greek ortho (proper, correct or perfect) and dontos (teeth).
An Orthodontist is a specialised practitioner of dental science that has typically spent an additional three to four years studying the occurrence and treatment of improper bite (malocclusions). Malocclusions can result in irregular appearance to the teeth but can also indicate dysfunctional jaw positioning and abnormalities with underlying bone structure.
Orthodontics is most commonly associated with Dental Braces, which involves the use of specialised dental apparatus worn around the teeth in order to slowly move them into a more regular and uniform position.
Overbites, cross bites, underbite, cleft palates or lips, crowded or impacted teeth are all common issues with facial and dental structure that can be addressed with Orthodontic appliances. Some of the other appliances used in Orthodontics include:
- Dental braces that use brackets and wire fixed around the teeth
- Fixed space maintainers are used when a child loses a primary tooth prematurely. It prevents the adjacent teeth from shifting to fill the dental gap before the adult tooth comes through.
- Aligners are a popular option for correcting teeth in adults as they are difficult to see and can be removed when eating and cleaning teeth
- Palatal expanders are used to widen the arch of the upper jaw, most often for the correction of cross bites.
- Removable retainers that sit on the roof of the mouth and prevent teeth from moving back to original position following orthodontic treatment such as braces.
Orthodontic treatment can be costly, but this is reflected in the results you can see afterwards and the service. The average cost will differ between different localities and dental practitioners. Experienced orthodontists typically charge slightly more for the level of service they provide.
For many people the price of braces or other orthodontic treatments is worth the results, which can dramatically change the look of your smile. If the upfront price still seems too, payment plans may also be considered.
If you’re looking for payment options to make your trip to the Orthodontist more affordable, a dental payment plan can help. Ask your orthodontist about the payment options for the treatment – this way, you still benefit from having the treatment completed, while avoiding having to make the complete payment up-front.
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