We at Village Dental Practice refer our patients for orthodontic treatment to a local specialist who achieves great results. An assessment normally takes place and the specialist will advice you whether the treatment can be undertaken on the NHS or independently.
Q. What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a mode of dentistry that revolves around the straightening of teeth.
The term orthodontics most often brings to mind images of braces or unsightly headgear, but new technology is allowing orthodontic procedures to be more comfortable and much more aesthetically acceptable.
Instead of traditional metal braces and retainers, orthodontics now includes the treatment known as Invisalign. Invisalign is a nearly invisible teeth-straightening alternative to metal brackets and wires, which allows patients to improve their smile without impairing their physical appearance.
This development in orthodontic technology is especially beneficial for adult patients who need braces but may be unwilling to go through with traditional fixed metal braces.
Q. What is the main purpose of Orthodontics?
The main purpose of orthodontic procedures is to treat malocclusion, or problems with a person’s bite which may impair eating, speaking or both. The lack of alignment can affect the proper functioning of the teeth as well as making the teeth much more difficult to clean, not to mention affecting the patient’s overall appearance. Orthodontic procedures often fall under both categories of restorative and cosmetic dentistry.
Your Orthodontist will evaluate your bite in order to develop a treatment plan. This evaluation will include an oral, facial and functional exam, intraoral and facial photographs and a large panoramic X-rays, and impressions for models of the teeth and bite. He will also review your dental records and perform a clinical assessment. Afterwards, he or she will discuss any necessary treatment options with you.