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Frequently Asked Questions
On this page we aim to provide answers to questions commonly asked by people considering orthodontic treatment, such as ‘what is an orthodontist?’
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Q. What is Orthodontics?
- Orthodontics is a dental speciality concerned with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of facial irregularities such as crooked, crowded or protruding teeth, for which the technical term is ‘Malocclusion’ meaning ‘bad bite.’ The practice of orthodontics involves the design, application and control of removable and/or fixed appliances (commonly called Braces), to treat and correct these problems.
Q. What is an Orthodontist?
- An orthodontist is a specialist dentist involved in the practice of orthodontics, improving the health and appearance of teeth and faces by constructing braces and retainers for wearing by their patients. After qualifying as a General Dental Surgeon, an orthodontist will undertake a further three years of post-graduate study at a recognised Orthodontic Institute before becoming a specialist practitioner. Seeing an orthodontist does not remove the need for patients to see their regular dentist.
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Q. Who needs orthodontic treatment?
- Everybody wants to have a beautiful smile and this is one of the best reasons for choosing to have orthodontic treatment. An attractive smile boosts self-esteem, which can improve the quality of your life. Find out more.
But there are other equally good reasons for considering orthodontic treatment. Major orthodontic problems can exist without you knowing it, so even if you have the perfect smile, these problems can, if left untreated, severely jeopardise the health of your teeth, gums and jaws.
Teeth that are too crowded are difficult to clean and can decay and cause gum problems.
Teeth that stick out are not only unattractive but can cause abnormal wear of the tooth surfaces and excess strain on the supporting jaws, because they do not meet properly when chewing. And misalignment of the jaws can result in the abnormal position of the jaw joint, which can cause headaches, migraines or other pain in the face and neck.
Q. Am I too old to have orthodontic treatment?
- No. Treatment can be carried out in a healthy mouth at any age. Adult braces are becoming more popular as people care more about how they look.