How Does Treatment Work?
What causes crooked teeth?
Heredity is the main cause of crooked teeth, although local factors such as finger sucking, high cavity rate, gum disease, trauma and premature loss of baby teeth can also contribute to a bad bite.
What problems can be corrected through orthodontic treatment?
Overcrowded teeth are the most common reason that people seek orthodontic treatment, followed by prominent or “buck” teeth. Specialist orthodontists are trained to address a broad spectrum of dental and facial concerns.
How long will treatment take?
Usually, orthodontic treatment involves wearing appliances (braces) for between 18 and 24 months, although some treatments may be shorter or longer. In more complex cases, you may be required to wear more than one appliance.
How does it work?
A qualified orthodontist evaluates the growth of a patient’s face and jaws, as well as the alignment of his or her teeth. Then, using very gentle, controlled forces, the orthodontist uses braces, wires, and other devices to move the teeth into the correct position. After treatment, the patient may have to wear retention devices (retainers) to ensure that the teeth remain in the proper place.
Will it hurt?
Orthodontic treatment is relatively painless, although some tenderness may be felt as the teeth start to move, and after your wires are changed. Any discomfort that persists for more than a few days should be discussed with your Orthodontist.