Skill & Artistry | Orthodontics
Orthodontics | Orthodontic Records
If treatment is warranted, we take a series of records to confirm our initial findings.
Models of Jaw Scan, Photographic Series and an X-ray of the face.
Lateral Cepholometric X-Ray
A cephalometric x-ray is often required to decide if the changes in the mouth are simply a tooth issue or whether there are underlying skeletal changes (facial bones).
Orthodontics | Types of Appliances
Teeth are moved by placing a light force on the teeth. This can be achieved by using braces and wires, plates, appliances or clear aligners (Invisalign).
Braces - metal and ceramic
When I was younger, I had extremely crooked and bucked teeth. At the age of 12 I began 2 ½ years of orthodontic treatment. It was incredibly worth it but being prone to being bullied, it was also a very difficult time getting braces on during my intermediate years.
When my son Toby’s front adult teeth started to grow in, it was immediately apparent that they were twisted. Dread set in but I put off thinking about it because I didn’t think you could get orthodontic treatment until all baby teeth had been lost and adult teeth had all come in.
Fortunately, a friend noted Toby’s teeth and told us that it was worth getting them assessed at Duxton Dental. I was surprised to learn that some cases can be treated before all baby teeth have been lost. Grahame assessed his teeth and gave us the treatment options. He talked us through the pros and cons of getting them treated then or waiting until he was older. We ultimately decided to get them treated then. It was exciting to think that his teeth could be already be straight going into the awkward pre-teen years and it happened to be the most cost-effective option.
At age 8, Toby was a champ getting the braces on and adjusting to them. This was much helped by the fact that Grahame and the team were always friendly, caring and fun and Toby loved choosing the colours of his bands every time he went. Only ten months later he got the braces off and now has lovely straight teeth. His speech (the ‘s’ sound in particular) has also improved, I think in part to the orthodontic treatment. Happily, we will still see the team a few times a year to ensure the plan for long term success is going well.
- Vanessa Clark
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