Orthodontic treatment is becoming more popular in the UK, but there are still many common questions that people have about the procedures. Here we will look at some of the information about orthodontic treatments and see if they are true or false.
What exactly is orthodontics? This long word comes from two greek words, the first being ‘orthos’ meaning correct or straight, the second being ‘dontia’ meaning teeth. Put them together and you have the basic meaning of orthodontics: straight teeth. But orthodontics is much more important than just aesthetics. Orthodontic treatment not only improves the way your teeth look, but also how your mouth works with your jaw as well as the overall health of your teeth.
You need a different dentist to do orthodontic treatment: True
Orthodontists study for longer than dentists and have further qualifications which allow them to register as an orthodontist and carry out specialist treatments to improve your teeth. The dentist you visit on a regular basis may also be qualified as an orthodontist. If not, there are special dental clinics where you can get orthodontic treatment.
You can only have orthodontic treatment when you are a child: False
It is common for children or teenagers to have orthodontic treatment, but you can have treatment at any time during your life. If you missed the opportunity when you were younger, it doesn’t mean that you can’t fix the problem now.
You have to wear braces: True (but not in the way you may think!)
Orthodontic treatment involves wearing braces of some kind to help align teeth and improve the position of teeth. Orthodontic treatment doesn’t always involve wearing ‘train-tracks’ or braces made of metal. There are numerous treatments available all with different kinds of braces. Different treatments have different braces and there are braces that cannot be seen at all. The most important thing is that it feels comfortable for you and you’re happy with it.
Orthodontic treatment is just for crooked teeth: False
Teeth which are crooked, crowded or have spaces in the middle can be fixed with orthodontic treatment. However, treatment can be useful for other problems too. If you are biting incorrectly or have difficulty chewing these issues can be solved by an orthodontist.
You have to wear braces for a long time: False
Orthodontic treatment can take as little as six months (or less).‘Six month smiles’ is a great option for getting straight teeth very quickly. Having that perfect smile is possible in no time at all. However, sometimes it might be a better option to wear braces for longer to get the best possible smile.