What ‘Is’ Orthodontics?

The world behind orthodontics is a complex one! It’s no surprise why, when those who choose it as a profession are required to complete an additional 2 years to regular dentists.

Contrary to what many may believe, orthodontics is not limited to teeth – in fact, the term encompasses treatments for the following problems:

  • Jaw complications (such as protruding jaw and overbites).
  • Tooth erosion caused by excessive wearing down of teeth.
  • Complications with biting, chewing and speech problems arising as a result of mis-aligned teeth.
  • Chronic sleep problems such as Sleep Apnea.
  • Facial injuries and damage.

Lorraine-Buchanan-header2Who is eligible for orthodontic treatment?

There are certain factors that influence who can undergo certain types of orthodontic treatment and when during their lifetime. For example, teenagers (whose teeth are still growing), who undergo orthodontic treatment too early may need to have braces until they are ready for surgery – alternatively, the braces can be removed and then placed back again once their teeth have stopped growing. In order to minimise the time spent wearing braces, your dentist will help you identify when it’s best for you or your child to undergo treatment, which will be assessed at your consultation.


Braces – the most popular type of orthodontic treatment

Over the past decade, braces have become an increasingly popular method of aligning teeth. Once upon a time, the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment in this area was very low, as traditional braces (which can be obtrusive in the workplace) were one of the only options. Today however, the various methods of treatment include:

  • Damon braces.
  • Inman aligners.
  • Invisalign.

  These discreet types of brace make it easier than ever to straighten your teeth without drawing attention to your mouth.

Even celebrities are jumping on the bandwagon, with many enlisting the help of Invisalign to straighten their smiles including Justin Bieber, Niall Horan, Tom Cruise and Eva Longhoria.


Why have orthodontic treatment?

Undergoing orthodontic treatment can have huge benefits beyond aesthetics. Having complications with your teeth can impact on your overall health and wellbeing – so it’s important to seek help as soon as possible. Many of our patients report back that their confidence has been as a result of the treatment they have undergone, admitting that they rarely smiled before treatment down to being too self-conscious to do so.


If you would like more information about orthodontics at Park Lane, please contact us. 



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