Putting you straight on the magic of orthodontics.
Crooked teeth don’t just spoil your looks – they can also bring a host of other problems. Here’s what you need to know.
For many Irish families, the cost of raising a family inevitably has to include the cost of orthodontic treatment. But while it may be a very common form of treatment, there are still many of our patients who are a tad vague as to what the term means. So let’s sort that out right away.
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that addresses the issue of moving teeth that are either crooked or not quite meshing into each other properly. It’s self-evident why patients would want to address crooked teeth in terms of fixing the straightness of their smile, but there are other problems that can come with the territory.
By way of example, crooked teeth are much harder to clean, so you could be looking at cavities or even gum disease further down the line. A simple X-Ray procedure can be the starting point for assessing the problem, letting your dentist formulate a plan of action.
Does orthodontic treatment work best at a particular age?
Yes – and here’s why. Between the ages of ten and fourteen, a child’s mouth and head are still developing, which means that it’s easier to move and straighten teeth. That’s not to say that you can’t get treatment at any age, but ten to fourteen is definitely the best time to have it done.
The most common form of orthodontics is braces, and for patients who go down this road, they need to be especially careful about how they care for their teeth while wearing their braces. Thankfully, the system we use here at MyDental – known as Quickbraces – normally works its magic in around six months, so the extra vigilance is not needed for so long.
Some helpful hints if you’re having work done
What we recommend our patients to do when they've had orthodontist work done is as follows:
- Brush your teeth after every meal, not just twice a day. This is because most braces can have small spaces where food and plaque can 'hide’ – and build up over time. This can cause a host of problems, from staining to white spots on the teeth, tooth decay and disease of the gums.
- Make sure you floss or use interdental brushes to get in at those hard-to-reach spots. Remember that your dental care regime while you're wearing the braces will have a large impact on how well your teeth look when they come off.
- Make sure that you brush with fluoride toothpaste.
- Never bite your nails or chew on pens.
- Lay off hard or sticky foods like toffee.
Is it a very expensive treatment?
We understand why you would think that orthodontics would prove to be an expensive form of treatment. But with advances in dentistry and the fact that our Quickbraces system now only needs six months of our professional care, the cost is quite manageable. And remember that you can spread the cost with our 0% Dental Finance Plan.
If you’re looking for an orthodontist Dublin is very well represented with top class practitioners, so you’ll be spoiled for choice.
And with our Quickbraces system proving so successful here at MyDental, you’ll be glad you looked to straighten your kids’ teeth – or even your own!
If you’d like to read a little more about this topic, here’s a useful article in Medical News Today - http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/249482.php