The best time to undergo orthodontic treatment is during childhood. Once the jaw has finished developing, which occurs during the late teens, orthodontic issues can be more challenging to correct.
However, advances in the field have made orthodontics more accessible to people of all ages, and a growing number of adults seek treatment.
Teeth that do not align correctly, popping noises in your jaw, frequent headaches, and ear infections are some of the signs you may have an issue with the alignment of your bite.
Although there are many orthodontic treatments available, they all work similarly to achieve the same goal. Each system exerts gentle, continuous pressure on the teeth to move them into the proper position.
All orthodontic treatment begins with an initial assessment. Your orthodontist will perform a visual examination, as well as x-rays and, in some cases, 3D scans of your teeth and jaw. Your orthodontic appliance will be produced at an external laboratory.
Once it is ready, you will attend a follow-up appointment. If you have chosen a fixed system, your orthodontist will attach your appliance to your teeth. If you have opted for a removable solution, they will show you how to insert and remove it at home.
You will visit your orthodontist every 4-6 weeks so that they can monitor your progress. If you have a fixed system, they may carry out small adjustments at these check-ups.
Once you and your orthodontist are satisfied you have achieved the results you desire; your treatment is complete. If you are using fixed braces, they will be removed.
We recommend our patients wear a custom-made retainer to help keep your teeth in the correct position.
Retainers come in different styles. They can be fixed or removable, attach to the front or rear surface of the teeth, and some are transparent.
The duration of your treatment depends on the on the initial condition of your teeth and jaw, as well as the system you choose.
Once you have undergone your initial assessment and chosen your method of treatment, your orthodontist can provide you with a treatment schedule.
Orthodontic treatment shouldn’t cause any significant discomfort. At most, you may experience some sensitivity for a day or so after each adjustment. Discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Yes, regular cleanings and check-ups are even more important while in treatment.
To learn more about orthodontics and the treatment systems we provide, contact us on 0751 406 7153. At Poole Orthodontics, we are committed to helping you achieve a straighter, healthier and more beautiful smile.