Orthodontics is any treatment that corrects the alignment of your teeth, including the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Such irregularities can take the form of ‘malocclusion’ (an abnormal ‘bite’ – a problem in the way teeth fit together).
Malocclusion affects more than just appearance:
- Crooked, crowded, or protruding teeth are more difficult to keep clean
- Misaligned teeth can cause tension and pain in the jaw joints
- Social problems can arise because of the effect on speech or an unattractive appearance
The first step in orthodontic treatment is a consultation with one of our dentists. This appointment will give you an idea of the type of treatment required and the approximate fees. Make sure you ask about using one of our ‘Share a Smile’ cards!
The next appointment involves a full examination of the teeth. This may include measurements, photographs, study models, and x-rays of the head, jaws, and teeth.