Skill & Artistry | Orthodontics
The aim of orthodontics is to produce a healthy, functional bite, creating greater resistance to disease and improving personal appearance. This contributes to mental and physical well-being. Straight white teeth have also been shown to help you in life.
Most orthodontics is performed during the adolescent growth spurt and take advantage of facial growth, however these days we also treat many adults and younger children that have more pressing issues.
At Duxton Dental we look at your present complaint or you may have been referred by the school dental service.
We recommend having an orthodontic examination between 9 – 10 years of age so if things aren’t right, like missing adult teeth, and over bite or an under bite, we can save the need for treatment later on.
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).
Once a diagnosis has been made a treatment plan is devised which includes type of appliances needed, estimate of treatment time and costs involved.
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).
These days’ braces are not so noticeable especially with ceramic brackets which are tooth coloured.
Braces - metal and ceramic