What is orthodontics?

Crowded teeth can be very difficult to keep clean, and may result in tooth decay, gum disease and cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, pain in joints, neck, shoulder and back pain.  Also over a period of time, an incorrect bite may lead to abnormal wear or breakdown of tooth surfaces and damage of the bone and soft tissues that support the teeth.

Patients who have covered their teeth during social interaction for many years from crowded or crooked teeth feel liberated after a short course of orthodontic treatment. By removing physical and psychological obstacles such as crowded teeth or spacing your self-esteem can be boosted.

The benefits of straightening teeth include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.

The Benefits of Tooth Straightening

  • Psychological benefits and increased confidence especially if teasing at school is a problem for your child during the critical development years
  • Reduce the risk of trauma or injury to protruded front teeth
  • Guide permanent teeth into a more favourable position if early treatment is indicated
  • Easier to bite and chew food i.e. improved function
  • Facilitate oral hygiene and avoid having to cope with food getting caught between the teeth
  • Better long term health of teeth and gums
  • Improved force distribution and wear patterns on the teeth

Straight teeth are less prone to decay gum disease and destruction of the bony foundation that holds your teeth in position.
As teeth have a tendency to move throughout life, we have an open door policy and are delighted to welcome you at any age. Even if you have had braces earlier in your life in a different location we are very happy to see you if the teeth have moved back.

What is crowded teeth?

Malocclusion of the teeth is a misalignment problem that can lead to serious oral health complications. It’s also known as: crowded teeth. crossbite. overbite

How do I Know if I Need Orthodontics?

Your dentist can determine whether you can benefit from orthodontics. Based on diagnostic tools that include a full medical and dental health history, a clinical exam, plaster models of your teeth, and special X-rays and photographs, we can decide whether orthodontics are recommended, and develop a treatment plan that’s right for you.

How Does Orthodontic Treatment Work?

There are many different ways to straighten your teeth.

Fixed appliances include:

Braces —the most common fixed appliances, braces consist of bands, wires and/or brackets. Bands are fixed around the teeth or tooth and used as anchors for the appliance, while brackets are most often bonded to the front of the tooth. Arch wires are passed through the brackets and attached to the bands. Tightening the arch wire puts tension on the teeth, gradually moving them to their proper position. Braces are usually adjusted monthly to bring about the desired results, which may be achieved within a few months to a few years. Today’s braces are smaller, lighter and show far less metal than in the past. They come in bright colours for kids as well as clear styles preferred by many adults.

Virtually Invisible clear braces

Removable appliances include:

Aligners — an alternative to traditional braces for adults, serial aligners are being used to move teeth in the same way that fixed appliances work, only without metal wires and brackets. Aligners are virtually invisible and are removed for eating, brushing and flossing.

For more information please contact Weedon on 01327 342412 or Rushden on 01933 312992 and we will be happy to help you