Orthodontics is the specialised branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of problems caused by poor alignment of the teeth and jaws. An orthodontist is a qualified dentist who has completed a further 3 years full time orthodontic training on a specialist training programme that is recognised by the Dental Council.
On your first visit a full orthodontic examination is performed and records such as photographs, radiographs and study models are taken. A detailed analysis of your records is carried out to devise the best treatment plan for you. Your treatment options will then be discussed. A second visit may be required to discuss your options further.
We like to see children for the first time at the age of 10 or 11 before their growth spurt, even if there are baby teeth still present. At this age all treatment options are available and some patients may require ‘growth modification’ to correct bite discrepancies. If this is not required, treatment is often postponed until 12-13 years of age when all the adult teeth have erupted. There are some occasions when treatment needs to be started before 10 years of age- your dentist will refer you if early intervention is required.
Fixed braces will not affect your speech. Removable and functional braces, which are sometimes used in children, may take a while to get used to. After an initial period of a few days, the speech will return to normal.
This will depend on whether one or both dental arches are treated, the severity of the problem and the type of brace chosen. These factors are determined at your consultation visit, after which you will be given a full quotation. The fee is normally paid over the treatment period, usually with a deposit to begin with and then monthly payments. 20% of the treatment fee may be claimed against your income tax with a Med 2 form.
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