Orthodontics is the area of dentistry which treats problems in the alignment of teeth and jaws. A beautiful smile can greatly increase self confidence leading to success in all areas of life. With regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene, your smile will last of lifetime. An orthodontic problem is called a malocclusion, this means the teeth are either crooked or protruding, or the jaws may be too small.
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for children and teenagers. These days more and more adults are seeking treatment.
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The truline system uses clear aligners to help move the teeth. Truline is most suitable for minor bite correction. The clear aligners can be removed for eating or drinking and are barely visible. Treatment time with truline is usually less than six months.
The ideal age for a child to have their first orthodontic evaluation is 7 years old. Even if treatment is not necessary at this stage, early evaluation allows for timely detection of problems so that growth and development can be monitored and treatment started at the ideal time. Appropriate intervention can influence growth and development, preventing more serious problems later.
The main purpose of early intervention treatment is to guide permanent teeth into their correct position
and enhance growth and development of the jaws
The main goals for early treatment are:
- Create room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Establish facial symmetry or balance by modifying jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Reduce the need for tooth extraction in the future
- Simplify and/or shorten treatment time for later corrective orthodontics
- Correct harmful oral habits (eg thumb sucking, tongue thrust swallow)
- Improve self-esteem
- Help correct unhealthy breathing patterns
Often with traditional orthodontics, teeth were removed to help crowding prior to placement of braces. In many cases the extractions had an adverse effect on facial form causing a ‘flattened’ profile. The modern approach is to only extract teeth if it will result in an improvement in facial aesthetics and tooth position.
We use self ligating brackets which are smaller and more comfortable than traditional braces. Traditional braces are held in place with elastics, that need to be changed monthly. With self ligating brackets the wire is held in place with a slide mechanism. Because there are no elastics the number of visits and patient discomfort is also reduced