Many people can benefit from orthodontics, but are unsure of where to start and what can be corrected. This article will go through some of the most common problems that orthodontic treatment can fix and also more information to help you make a more informed choice.
Are you suitable for orthodontics?
This is a question that is best left to your dentist or orthodontist and you should consult with them to discuss the suitability and effectiveness of orthodontics for you. It is important to remember that there are many individual factors that contribute to your suitability to benefit from orthodontics, these include things such as your medical and dental history, the shape of your jaw and your teeth themselves.
Once your dental professional has confirmed your suitability for orthodontic treatment, they can suggest any corrective action necessary and develop a treatment plan tailored to you.
How long will orthodontics take to be work?
Your individual treatment plan will determine how long orthodontic treatment will take to be effective. There are so many factors that determine how long it will take, but these are generally down to the types of issues you have, the severity of these issues and the type of treatment selected. Your dental professional will be able to provide an estimate based on your individual treatment plan.
Common problems that can be corrected
If you have one of the following problems then orthodontic treatment may be able to help you.
- Overbite – this is where the upper teeth are too far forward and stick out over the lower teeth, this is also commonly called “buck teeth”
- Underbite – this is the reverse of the overbite, where the lower teeth are too far forward and stick out from the upper teeth or the upper teeth are too far back.
- Crossbite – this is an overbite, however the upper teeth come down in front of the lower teeth and this can vary in severity.
- Crowding – this is when the teeth take up too much room for the dental ridge to accommodate, the teeth are often out of place as a result.
- Spacing – this is where spaces or gaps form between the teeth for a variety of reasons, such as tooth loss.
- Open bite – where spaces occur between the front teeth when the back teeth bite together.
- Misplaced midline – where the two upper front teeth do not line up with the front lower teeth.
About the dentist
Highworth Dental Care is a Swindon dentist that can help you with all your dental or orthodontic needs.
11 Sheep Street