Orthodontic treatment is about straightening out crooked and crowded teeth and may
use special appliances such as braces.
While most dentists can deal with minor orthodontic problems, they will often refer
patients to an orthodontist for more specialist care.
Orthodontists are dentists with additional training and they specialize in the
treatment of dental and facial irregularities.
One of the key aspects of orthodontics is straightening teeth and correcting jaw
This can be done through braces, corrective procedures and other ‘appliances’.
There are two types of braces:
– Removable: The patient can take these out of their mouth at any time
– Fixed Braces: These are worn all the time and have to be removed by a dentist
The length of time a person needs to wear braces varies depending on the condition
but most people wear braces for between one and three years.
After the braces are no longer needed, the person usually need to wear a ‘retainer’
for some time that holds teeth in their new position.
Modern braces are much more comfortable than ever and usually require fewer
adjustments than older apparatus.