First of all, we’d like to wish all our patients a warm and welcoming Happy New Year as we step into 2021. It’s an exciting time for us dentists, as it’s often the time our patients take steps to improve the health and appearance of their smiles, as well as their inner confidence using orthodontist treatments.
While our patients often know about procedures such as teeth whitening, many are none the wiser about how a trip to the orthodontist could help transform their teeth, while others may be fearful of the dentist in general and seek to avoid treatment altogether. In this post, we’ll give some guidance around orthodontics and what may be involved.
What types of orthodontics are there?
Orthodontics covers adult braces, retainers and extractions. Adult braces concerns treatment to move your teeth into a desired position, retainers are a complementary treatment which helps your new smile stay put, and extractions are sometimes required to get the best results for your smile (such as if you have too many teeth, or one which is damaged or decayed, ahead of treatment).
What adult brace options are there?
Most modern adult braces are virtually invisible, ranging from fixed braces with tooth-coloured brackets, to removable aligners (Invisalign), to fixed lingual braces, which are positioned on the back of the teeth. We can safely say there’s no longer the embarrassment and stigma attached with adult braces, and seeking treatment from an orthodontist is incredibly common. Each type of adult brace has its pros and cons – for example, fixed braces are usually the most cost-effective but treatment may take longer, while removable braces offer more flexibility, but can sometimes cost more.
How do I know if I need to see an orthodontist?
Your dentist will refer you if they feel you need treatment. There are lots of reasons why people consider adult braces, ranging from cosmetic reasons to problems with their bite or pain in the jaw.
What’s involved in an orthodontic appointment?
As assessment is always the first step, as this helps the orthodontist build a picture of your oral health and assess concerns in greater detail. Often, moulds are made of your teeth, or X-rays and photos are taken. Lastly, a treatment plan is put together to highlight your options.
How do I book an appointment?
Get in touch with our team today here in Leamington Spa and we’ll guide you further, or alternatively why not enquire at your next check-up?