Orthodontic treatment why is it important

Orthodontic treatment can improve your smile and dental health. It aligns your teeth, correcting crowding and bite issues. Additionally, it can enhance your appearance and boost confidence. Finally, it supports other dental treatments, ensuring comprehensive oral care.

Why should I have orthodontic treatment?

There are three main reasons for having orthodontic treatment:

  • To improve the appearance and alignment of your teeth.
  • To improve the function of your teeth and bite.
  • To improve the long-term health of your teeth and gums by making them easier to clean.

When might I need orthodontic treatment?

You might need orthodontic treatment if you have any of the following:

  • Protruding upper front teeth – one of the most common dental problems.
  • Crowding – a narrow jaw may mean there is not enough space for your teeth, resulting in crowding.
  • Impacted teeth – adult teeth that have come through in the wrong position.
  • Asymmetry – when the centre of your upper and lower teeth do not match.
  • Deep bite – when your upper teeth cover your lower teeth too much.
  • Reverse bite – when your upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth.
  • Open bite – when your upper and lower front teeth do not meet when biting together.
  • Spacing – gaps between your teeth.

How do I get orthodontic treatment?

Your own dentist will refer you to an orthodontist (a specialist dentist) for an assessment to see if you need treatment. The dentist will decide the right time for you to start treatment.

What does orthodontic treatment involve?

The dentist at Smilepoint will talk to you about your teeth and how to straighten them. They will explain the treatment options, what to expect during treatment, and the risks and benefits. The most common treatment is with braces.

Will I need to have teeth taken out?

You may need to have some teeth taken out to make space to straighten your teeth. Your own dentist will carry out any extractions needed.

How are braces fitted?

First, your dentist may take x-rays, photographs, and moulds of your teeth to plan your treatment. Next, they will fit the brace at a later appointment. During the fitting, you might feel slight discomfort as the brace is adjusted to move your teeth into a better position.

What are the different types of braces?

  • Fixed braces – The dentist attaches these to the teeth, and only they can remove them.
  • Removable braces – These are plastic plates that you can remove for cleaning.
  • Functional appliances – these can help fix problems with the jaw.
  • Retainers – These braces hold the teeth in their new position once treatment is complete.

How long will treatment take?

This depends on the complexity of your case and the type of brace used. Treatment can take
anywhere from a few months to two years or more.

Will it be painful?

Initially, you may feel some discomfort for a few days after the brace is fitted or adjusted. Subsequently, painkillers can help alleviate the pain. If you have any concerns, promptly talk to your dentist.

What about eating and drinking?

You will need to avoid certain foods and drinks that can damage your brace or teeth. Sticky, hard, or sugary foods should be limited, and fizzy drinks should be avoided.

How do I keep my teeth clean?

It is important to brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day and use an interdental brush to clean around the braces. Your dentist will show you the best techniques.

Will I need to wear another brace after treatment?

Yes, you will need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in their new position.

Do I still need to see my regular dentist?

Yes, you need to continue regular check-ups with your own dentist throughout your orthodontic treatment. Contact and book your session at Smilepoint Dental Centre via WhatsApp

What if I play sports or musical instruments?

Your dentist will give you advice on wearing a gumshield for sports and managing braces with musical instruments.

What if my brace breaks?

Contact your dentist at Smilepoint as soon as possible to have it repaired. Do not wait for your next appointment, as it could delay your treatment.

Things to remember

  • Follow your dentist’s instructions for wearing and caring for your brace.
  • Keep your teeth and brace clean.
  • Avoid foods and drinks that can damage your brace or teeth.
  • Attend regular check-ups with your dentist.
  • Wear your retainer as advised to keep your teeth straight.