Orthodontics is the word for the field of dentistry that resolves problems with the positioning of misaligned, abnormally arranged or crowded teeth. It also resolves problems caused by having teeth that do not fit together when they bite, known as an overbite, underbite or crossbite. These issues can cause undue strain on the jawbone and can lead to a change in face shape and problems with biting or chewing. The field of orthodontics uses dental technology, usually in the form of braces, to fix alignment problems with teeth.
Harley Street Dental Clinic on Harley Street in London is an example of a dentist offering high quality orthodontics in the UK. Private dental practices such as this are able to offer a comprehensive range of solutions, to suit you as an individual and to get the best results considering your situation.
Braces are a very popular treatment for children (the average age is 13) as the bone is growing and it is easier to guide teeth into place. It is estimated that half of 12 year olds would benefit from orthodontic intervention. However, there are many options available for adults that are either fixed or removable and can also be invisible or fixed.
Fixed, traditional metal braces are better used for younger dental patients and on complicated cases as they can considerably turn around the position of a patient’s teeth.
A second option is clear, removable braces such as the popular brand Invisalign. This is a series of approximately 20 clear braces worn day and night (although they can be removed for brushing, flossing and eating if required). They gently guide the teeth into the planned placement.
A third option is Six Month Smiles, which, as its name suggests, aims to reduce treatment time considerably and create a straighter smile in just six months.
All of these treatments can provide you with a straighter smile to be proud of in a much more convenient, cost-effective and less invasive way than ever before.
If you would like to know more information on your orthodontist, you can find a list of all registered and regulated orthodontists on the General Dental Council website.