Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnoses, prevention and treatment of irregularities of the teeth and face. It may involve treatment using braces, removable appliances, functional appliances or headgear to move the teeth or jaws into an ideal relationship.
Orthodontic treatment usually involves straightening ‘crooked’ teeth. However, orthodontic treatment often has more benefits than an improved appearance.
Crowded, overlapping teeth are often more difficult to clean increasing the risk of dental decay and gums disease.
Teeth that are too prominent are at greater risk of trauma and fracture.
Poorly aligned teeth can contribute to speech irregularities and in some cases increased wear of the back teeth.
Children should have an orthodontic assessment by the age of 9 years.
Early detection of problems may make correction easier and decrease the risk of the problem becoming more severe.
In some cases treatment may not begin until all of the baby teeth have fallen out.
At Aspendale Gardens Dental Group we have an interest in orthodontics and work with children and adults talking through the options and creating a treatment plan for orthodontic treatment.