Why Orthodontics Matters
Orthodontics is the field of dentistry that focuses on the alignment and positioning of your teeth and jaws, including the way that your teeth meet and the way your teeth and jaws develop.
Orthodontic treatment is typically centered on appliances designed to gently and effectively move the teeth and jaws into their proper alignment. These devices may be in the form of traditional bracket and wire braces, aligners like Invisalign, and appliances like retainers that allow you to keep your new alignment and prevent the teeth from moving back.
Do I Need to Fix My Crooked Teeth?
While you rarely need to, there’s usually a variety of advantages in doing it. In fact, there are very few people who don’t benefit from some form of orthodontic treatment. With modern braces, this can be a substantial benefit, taking place rapidly and comfortably.
Because Swords Orthodontics is a specialist orthodontic practice, we have the skills, expertise, and equipment to deal with even relatively complicated orthodontic problems as well as a broad understanding of the aspects of other areas of dentistry that are important in coming up with a treatment plan for an adult patient.
We also have great working relationships with our local dental colleagues and other specialists, allowing us to put together comprehensive treatment plans to get the best outcomes for our patients. These could include working constructively with people to provide all sorts of connected treatment:
- Oral hygiene advice and maintenance
- Implants, crowns, bridges
- Gum treatments
- Root canal treatments
- Minor mouth surgery for things like buried teeth or tooth roots that remain in the jaw
- Major surgery for disorders of the facial skeleton that affect how the teeth meet
The orthodontic approach for patients with problems in these areas is varied, and it’s important to know what to do for each person and how to do it. That way it makes it easier for the next dentists to do the best work they can for you and get the best results overall.
Additional Benefits of Orthodontics
You may not realise that crooked teeth are more than just a cosmetic problem. When your teeth are crowded, twisted, or overlapping, proper brushing and flossing becomes challenging. Your toothbrush and floss simply won’t easily be able to reach certain areas of your teeth, which can allow plaque (a coating of sticky tooth bacteria) to build up. Over time, the calcium in your saliva enables this plaque to harden into tartar (we call it “calculus”, but it’s basically the dental equivalent of limescale on the inside of a kettle). When tartar builds up between teeth or beneath the gumline, gum disease is often the result.
In its most severe extent, gum disease can lead to loss of teeth. There is also an emerging amount of evidence from dental and cardiology research scientists that persistent gum disease is associated with heart and vascular disease. Now, we’re not saying that orthodontics will prevent heart disease, but it does put the odds in your favour when it comes to keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
Even widely spaced teeth have their own set of problems. If you have widely spaced teeth, you may have noticed that food is easily trapped between your teeth and may stay there until you can brush or floss it out. During the time that the food is trapped, bacteria can thrive, leading to bad breath or possibly tooth decay.
Another dental issue we have to correct with orthodontics is an abnormal relation between the upper and lower jaws. If your teeth aren’t lining up the way they should, there can be extra pressure on teeth, gums, jaw muscles, and ligaments, which in certain cases can contribute to tooth wear or even fractures, gum disease, and disorders of the jaw muscles and jaw joint.
It may well be that the problems with your teeth won’t be likely to cause any of these additional problems, but we do advise an orthodontic evaluation for everyone. There’s no fee for your initial consultation, and we’re very gentle, so you have nothing to lose and even less to be apprehensive about, even if you haven’t been to a dentist in a long time.
Call Swords Orthodontics today to schedule an evaluation (it's free) for yourself or your child!