What is it?
When teeth are crooked or they don’t meet correctly they are more likely to become damaged. Biting may also cause excessive strain on your jaw muscles. Orthodontic treatments fix crooked teeth with the use of retainers and fixed or removable braces. Removable braces are sometimes used to change jaw growth and normalise your bite, particularly when you are still growing or if your child still has baby teeth left.
What happens if I need fixed braces?
During your first visit your dentist will take x-rays, photos and impressions of your mouth that are used to create plaster models of your teeth. Your braces are fitted during follow-up visits with the orthodontist. During the follow-up visits, your orthodontist will make any necessary adjustments to the braces.
What are the benefits?
- Long-term solution to straighten teeth
- Can be used as a preventative measure from teenage years onward
- Apart from improving your appearance, straight teeth are also easier to brush, clean and floss
- Can help improve the way you bite, chew and speak