The When of Orthodontics:
Whether you are 8 or 80, it is the same physiological process that moves your teeth in orthodontics. Because adults have denser bone tissue than children, treatment may take a little longer, but age does not keep teeth from moving.
The process can be as simple as
- consulting your local specialist orthodontist.
- attending scheduled orthodontic visits during treatment and
- admiring your beautiful, healthy smile.
While orthodontic treatment can be as successful for adults as it is for children, adults may sometimes have more complicated cases.
They may have fillings, missing teeth, misshapen or worn teeth, or other dental disease. Depending on your circumstances, your orthodontist may work with your general dentist and other dental specialists, as necessary, to help you achieve your optimal dental health.
Just as each smile is unique, so is the treatment option.
Not every type of appliance is suitable for correction of every kind of orthodontic problem and your specialist orthodontist is qualified in ensuring you are receiving the proper treatment.
The Why of Orthodontics:
- Prevents future dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and difficulty chewing.
- Improves ability of the dentist to restore missing teeth.
- Improves functions of teeth by properly aligning teeth and jaws.
- Can help prevent or reduce future bone loss around teeth.
- Improves aesthetics for a better smile and facial appearance.
- Improves oral health.
Book a consultation with our specialist orthodontist Dr Ronan Perry here.
WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE A SPECIALIST FOR YOUR BRACES
We often hear the question, why should I visit an orthodontist if my general dentist can do the same work for me at a lower cost? This blog post explains why it is better to have orthodontic treatment undertaken by a specialist orthodontist.
Firstly, what is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry which specializes in the treatment of teeth and jaw alignment. The technical term for these problems is malocclusion (literally meaning “bad bite”).
These alignment problems are treated with the use of corrective appliances, such as braces. With the primary aim being to bring the teeth and jaws into correct alignment.
What is an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who is a registered specialist in orthodontics. An orthodontist is the most qualified person to diagnose, prevent and treat any problems you might have with the alignment of your teeth and jaws.
In order to be an Orthodontist in Ireland you must:
- Complete a Bachelor’s degree in Dentistry, which is a 5-year full-time University course.
- Completed a further 3 years’ full-time training on a specialist training programme that is recognised by the Dental Council
- Be registered as a Specialist in Orthodontics by the Irish Dental Council. You can check the register here
Orthodontics is about what you cannot see. Certainly, we know braces will straighten your teeth and improve your smile, but, only an orthodontist has the education and training to make you look great and also, to diagnose and treat problems that aren’t visible and may cause discomfort and health problems further down the line.
A dentist, in comparison, would not be as well-versed, experienced or trained in the correction of dental and facial irregularities. Only orthodontists are specialists when it comes to moving teeth, diagnosing jaw development issues and in making sure the teeth stay in the desired position.