Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that specialises in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of misaligned teeth and jaws. Using custom made corrective devices such as braces, plates and aligners, orthodontics works to enhance the alignment of both the jaw and teeth. As a result, biting and chewing function is improved, teeth have more protection from wearing down and many patients find it easier to clean their teeth properly. Crowded teeth, gaps, crossbites, overbites and underbites are all issues that can be commonly addressed with orthodontics.
Commonly known as braces, fixed orthodontics are used to straighten teeth and correct the bite. Small metal or ceramic brackets are bonded to each individual tooth and then connected to each other using a thin metal wire. Over a series of regular appointments, the wires are adjusted to gradually alter the position or angle of the teeth.
Invisalign is an invisible brace system used to straighten teeth. It provides a subtler, more flexible alternative to the devices used in fixed orthodontics. Made of transparent materials, Invisalign is not only more pleasing to the eye but also can be less painful than traditional braces. While the aligner requires adjusting more frequently than braces, it omits less force each time. Another great benefit of Invisalign is that you can remove the aligner to eat and brush your teeth as usual.
If you have questions or concerns about straightening your smile contact our front desk team to arrange an initial consultation.