TYPES OF ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT
Wherever possible, we try to carry out all orthodontic treatment in one phase, rather than patients needing to undergo multiple prolonged periods of treatment. In some instances however, an orthodontic problem may be identified that may worsen if left untreated. In such cases, a short phase of early orthodontic treatment may be recommended to make future treatment simpler and reduce the amount of time later treatment would require.
Adolescence is an ideal time to undergo orthodontic treatment because most of the adult teeth have erupted by this time, and the face and jaws are undergoing active growth. In most cases, we can use natural growth to help achieve a fantastic orthodontic result for out patients. In addition to this, it is nice for our patients to undergo orthodontic treatment at about the same time as their peers.
Orthodontic treatment is not limited to teenagers! Increasingly adult patients are seeking orthodontic care to improve their smiles and correct their bites. At Brook and Timmins Specialist Orthodontists, we treat a large number of adult patients. Sometimes patients seek orthodontic treatment as adults if they were never given the option to have their teeth straightened when they were younger. Orthodontic treatment may be performed alone, or as part of the multi-disciplinary treatment from a range of dental specialists as part of a complete smile overhaul.
Sometimes there are problems with the way the teeth bite together due to an underlying problem with the positioning of the upper and lower jaws relative to each other. Orthodontic treatment may be performed in combination with surgical treatment to correct the position of the teeth and the jaws.
During any type of orthodontic treatment, it is very important that you continue to visit your Dentist or School Dental Therapist for routine dental care.