Do you know what orthodontics is all about? Find out here.
Orthodontics is a specialised kind of dentistry concerned with the development and management of irregularities and abnormalities of the teeth, jaws and face. Its aim is to produce a healthy, functional bite, creating greater resistance to disease and improving personal appearance. This contributes to mental and physical well-being.
Orthodontics makes your teeth easier to clean, which means there is less risk of decay or gum disease (gingivitis). It will also ensure your teeth meet together properly, which means there is less stress on your jaw joint and surrounding muscles. This in turn can help relieve regular problems such as headaches, migraines and neck, back or shoulder pain.
Orthodontics vs cosmetic dentistry
We are often asked what the difference is between having your teeth straightened with orthodontic treatment, and having cosmetic dentistry to disguise any imperfections.
|Solves the problem||Disguises the problem, rather than solving it|
|Permanent solution (though you may need to wear a retainer at times)||Temporary – treatments will generally last for around 15 years|
|Completely natural – all of your natural tooth is conserved||Teeth often need preparing for treatment, which can mean removing some of your natural tooth material|
5 benefits of orthodontic treatment
Undergoing a course of orthodontic treatment involves a great deal of commitment but the benefits of treatment include:
- Improved appearance of your teeth, smile and face
- Improved self-esteem and confidence
- Improved function of teeth
- Improved ability to care for teeth and gums
- Improved oral health
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