Introduction to Orthodontics
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that focuses on correcting the alignment of teeth and making sure they are properly positioned in your jaw. An orthodontist specialises in treatments that help straighten your teeth, such as braces or dental retainers. Both of these methods use consistent, gentle pressure to gradually guide teeth into position, relieving tension and stress in your jaw and giving you a healthier smile.
Orthodontics can be used to treat a range of different dental problems. Some of the most common include crooked or crowded teeth, over or under bites caused by misaligned jaws, irregular positioning or gaps in your teeth. Orthodontics may also look after issues caused by dental diseases like decay or gum disease, or dental injuries & accidents. While it is most common for people to receive treatment as kids when it is easier to manipulate teeth in a growing jaw, there is no age limit to orthodontics, and adults of all ages can use braces and dental retainers to help straighten and perfect their smile.
Benefits of Orthodontics Treatment
While improving the appearance of your smile is reason enough to consider orthodontics, braces have benefits far beyond that. Orthodontic treatments can go along way to improving your overall oral health. This is because straighter teeth are much easier to clean, and when you keep your teeth clean your whole mouth benefits. For example, when your teeth are crowded together it can be hard to clean off all the plaque, and when you have larger-than-normal gaps it can mean bits of food and bacteria easily build and cause problems. In contrast, straighten teeth are easier to floss, easier to brush, and overall easier to maintain. With properly aligned teeth you are less likely to develop issues like decay and gum disease and are less likely to need dentures when you are older.
In addition, straight teeth allows for more efficient chewing and less teeth grinding as everything fits together better. When your teeth are even a little out of alignment, you are more likely to clench your jaw or grinding your teeth, especially as you sleep, because your jaw slips or jerks when you try to close your bite. This can cause headaches, jaw-aches, and even back aches from all the stress. Orthodontic treatments will help correct all of these issues, and also give you a more attractive smile, boosting your confidence, and ensuring your teeth are more likely to last a lifetime.
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Why Choose Our Orthodontics Braces
Our orthodontic surgeons provide personalised, expert dental care. They are qualified in a range of different treatment options for both adults and children, for cosmetic or health improvements, and will work closely with you to make sure the entire process is as comfortable as possible. During your first appointment, we will assess the condition of your oral health and recommend a treatment plan best suited to your dental needs.
Orthodontics For Adults and Kids
At Dublin Orthodontics we have patients of all ages. While it is more common to see braces or retainers in teenagers, there is no age limit for orthodontics and treatment can be sort at any time. Orthodontic treatments like braces are normally performed on children, as their young jaws can be easily manipulated, so it is the perfect time to quickly and easily guide their teeth into the correct alignment. Typically, around when girls are around 10-13 year old, or 11-15 years old for boys, they will have all of their adult teeth, and we can begin to detect possible issues such as crooked teeth, overbites, or gaps. Getting braces at this age can correct these issues and set them up for the future with good oral health.
Adults can also seek orthodontic treatments, and improvements in techniques and technologies have opened up a range of different choices. Whether due to new injuries, shifts in the position of your teeth or existing conditions in your teeth that you want to correct, adult braces are a great way to get the smile you have always wanted. We offer traditional braces and dental retainers, as well as clear Invisalign braces, ceramic tooth coloured brackets, and lingual orthodontics which fasten to the back of your teeth, making them virtually invisible. Whatever your age or dental condition, talk to us today about how we can bring out the best in your smile with professional orthodontic treatments.
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