What is Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth, to improve the appearance of the teeth and how they work. It can also help to look after the long-term health of your teeth, gums and jaw joints, by spreading the biting pressure over all your teeth.

Orthodontic care involves the use of devices, such as braces, to. Straighten teeth. Correct problems with bite. Close gaps between teeth.

The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.

What to expect when you visit an Orthodontist

During your first orthodontic consultation, you will likely undergo:

- An oral exam
- Photos of your face and smile
- Dental X-rays
- Panoramic (360 degree) X-rays of the face and head
- Impressions to create moulds of your teeth

These tests will inform your orthodontist on how to proceed with your treatment and what orthodontic interventions are best for you.

Good oral hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential before any orthodontic work can begin. When devices are placed on the teeth, food particles are more likely to become stuck. The individual will need to brush much more carefully and more often to prevent tooth decay during treatment.

Without good oral hygiene practices, there is a risk of tooth decay during treatment. The orthodontist may also recommend avoiding fizzy drinks, sugary snacks, and other items that can lead to tooth decay.