Orthodontics – The art and science of straightening teeth and the benefits of having ‘straighter’ teeth
June 29, 2015
6 facts about orthodontics:
- It is always best to see a specialist – although some general dentists do provide orthodontics, it is always best to see a qualified specialist orthodontist. In the UK specialist orthodontists undergo extensive training for at least three additional years after qualifying as dentists. The General Dental Council holds the list for specialist orthodontists, this can be seen on their website www.gdc-uk.org
- You can have braces at any age – the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment is rapidly increasing. If you feel you have missed out on the opportunity to have braces as a teenager, it is never too late to have that perfect smile.
- You don’t have to have metal ‘train track’ braces – braces have changed so much over the past few years. Although metal fixed braces are the most widely used style of braces there are many more discreet options available. Tooth coloured braces are designed to blend in with our natural tooth colour and are hence much less visible than metal braces.
- Straighter teeth = increased self-confidence – studies have shown that an improved smile can lead to an increase in self-confidence and improvement in self-esteem. In addition straighter teeth are easier to keep clean and function better as well – see below for the benefits of straighter teeth.
- Braces don’t have to be expensive – depending on your budget there are a range of options available to suit you. Treatment can be paid for in easy installments over the duration of your treatment.
- Retainers are very important – once treatment with braces has finished your orthodontist will provide you with retainers to ensure your teeth stay stable and don’t move. It is very important to wear the retainers as instructed by your orthodontist.
Benefits of straighter teeth:
Many people believe that having orthodontic treatment will only improve their appearance, but a straighter smile will not only improve your self confidence but will also improve your oral health and function.
- The main reason people seek orthodontic treatment is for a much more attractive smile. Smiling with an improved smile increases self-confidence and will have a huge impact on how others perceive you.
- Another benefit of straighter teeth is to improve oral health. Crooked teeth can be difficult to keep clean as it can be a lot harder to get your toothbrush and floss in between the teeth that overlap. This can lead to a build up of tartar and bacteria, causing gum disease and tooth decay.
- Straightening your teeth can improve day to day tasks such as eating. Problems with your bite such as front teeth sticking out, teeth biting the wrong way around and teeth not biting together at all can effect the way you chew food. Food can also get trapped in between any gaps in your teeth and may not be fully removed when cleaning. An improved bite and straighter teeth can lead to an improvement in your chewing ability.
If you would like to book a consultation appointment with Ansa, our Specialist Orthodontist, please call reception. Ansa is available on a Saturday and a Thursday or Friday.
Article written by Dr Ansa Akram – Specialist Orthodontist