When teeth are improperly aligned, it can further impact the alignment of the jaw, which has a wide range of repercussions on our body.
Improperly aligned teeth can also affect speech and can lead to speech impediments and difficulty in pronunciation. This can lead to a number of social and educational issues which must be addressed over the long term.
After impressions of your teeth are taken, we use a virtual 3D system to generate a treatment plan, which shows the series of movements your teeth are projected to go through. This means you can see how your teeth are expected to look at the end of your treatment, before it begins.
As you begin the treatment, a series of custom-made aligners are made, which you will change every two weeks. Your teeth will begin moving, little by little, gradually moving towards the final projected position. Your orthodontist will schedule checkups throughout this period to ensure you’re comfortable and monitor your progress.
Orthodontics is the area of dentistry which deals with straightening the teeth and jaw alignment, using either a fixed or removable brace (technically referred to as an appliance).
The majority of patients are children, although there has been a considerable increase in the number of adults receiving treatment in recent years due to new advancements in techniques and materials.
There are many types of appliance, ranging in colours and finishes. One of the exciting advancements is the clear appliances; near-invisible custom-made aligners, which fit over the teeth and gradually moves them into the correct alignment. Other advances include tooth-coloured and clear fixed appliances, together with sophisticated planning technology that lets you see how your teeth are going to move before you undertake treatment.
To determine your Orthodontic needs, a variety of techniques are used including direct measurements, x-rays, study casts and photographs, to aid treatment planning.
Depending on the severity of the problem, usually between 15 months to 2 years. Your Orthodontist will be able to advise how long they would expect your treatment to take. This will depend on your specific issue, what appliances are used and how quickly your teeth move.
Braces apply gentle pressure to the teeth. This causes the jawbone to soften before the teeth slowly move to the predetermined position prescribed by your Orthodontist. Heavy pressure does not move the teeth as quickly as gentle pressure.
Teeth are only removed if absolutely necessary. This happens less often nowadays due to advances in Orthodontic appliance (brace) design. Sometimes, however, there is not enough room to line up the teeth and space will need to be created. Your Orthodontist will be able to advise you on this in your initial consultation.
Not at all! More adults are now having Orthodontic treatment than ever, including many celebrities. The advances in technology now enable you to have Orthodontic treatment in a discreet way, through the introduction of invisible appliances.
There are many types of appliance, ranging in colours and finishes. At Dhiman Dental we provide a full range of orthodontic treatments including Fastbraces and Inman Aligner, details of which can be found by clicking on the images below.
Dhiman Dental Surgery,
169 Percy Road, Whitton,
Twickenham, TW2 6JS
Tel: 0208 894 3141