Orthodontics is a specialist area of dentistry focused on treating problems like crooked teeth and bad bite known as malocclusion.
Orthodontic work gives you a better smile and leads to many health benefits.
The treatment is provided through braces, corrective procedures and other ‘appliances’ to straighten teeth and correct jaw alignment.
While most dentists are trained to treat minor orthodontic problems, your dentist may refer you to an orthodontist.
An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.
Orthodontic treatment varies depending on the condition but most people wearing braces do so for between one and three years.
This is followed by a period of wearing a ‘retainer’ that holds teeth in their new positions.
Although a little discomfort is expected during treatment, modern materials apply a constant, gentle force to move teeth.
Today’s braces are therefore more comfortable and effective than ever before.