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Orthodontics Services

Orthodontic treatment

The main aim of orthodontic treatment is to straighten misaligned teeth. This will improve your appearance, confidence and self esteem. Not only will your teeth look great but also will be healthier!

Orthodontic treatment is providing by specialist dentist - orthodontist, who has further training and experience in orthodontics.

At Vidadent Dental practice the specialist orthodontist has a particular interest in irregular teeth. Our orthodontist is registered on the specialist orthodontist register with the General Dental Council.

Orthodontic irregularities are generally treated with braces. Braces are usually made from wires and springs attached to tiny metal plates or a plastic mould. Braces apply gentle forces to teeth and encourage them to move slowly to adopt a different alignment. The best orthodontic results are achieved with children when their teeth are still growing; many adults have orthodontic treatment, but the process takes much longer.

The orthodontist will assess the teeth that need to be aligned and create either a fixed or removable brace, which can be adjusted during the course of the treatment to achieve the desired effect. The fixed braces, as their name implies, are permanent fixtures and are removed at the end of the treatment period, whereas removable braces can be taken off for eating and cleaning but are generally worn at all other times. Braces will improve the function of the teeth and the general appearance of the person.

At what age can one start orthodontic screening and treatment?

  • Early childhood - you can have an orthodontic screening from the age of 7, by which time enough of the permanent teeth would have emerged, helping to identify potential problems. Do not wait for all the permanent teeth erupt in the mouth, as the earlier you start, the more the advantages.
  • During adolescent and teenage years - all permanent teeth would have come in by now, and treatment is most effective at this age
  • At adulthood - more complicated and often requires more than one dental professional to fully correct a problem.

What does orthodontic treatment involve?

    There are two stages in orthodontic treatment:

  • The active phase - which involves the use of braces or other appliances to correct the alignment and bite.
  • The retention phase - use of a retainer to hold the teeth that have been brought into their new position and ensure long-term results.

Teenagers might also be interested in glow-in-the-dark dental braces, which can help them "light" up a room. Coloured ligatures (the ties that go around the brackets) are especially popular with teenagers, who can show school spirit, celebrate the holidays or sport the colours of a favorite team. Ligatures can be changed by an orthodontist during routine archwire adjustments.