Orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities to correctly align teeth and jaws. After graduating from dental school, they complete three years of specialised post-graduate education in an accredited university program.
Orthodontic treatment involves using braces, plates and other corrective devices to move teeth and jaws into normal alignment. It may involve changing the position of the teeth or modifying the way the jaw grows.
Many orthodontic problems are complex, involving the growth patterns of facial bones and soft tissue facial profiles, as well as alignment of crooked teeth. Treatment of such problems requires the care of an orthodontist with in depth specialist training, a unique understanding of facial growth and many years of experience.
An orthodontist is a specialist who has undertaken additional education and training in straightening teeth and choosing the best treatment option specifically for you, or your child. A general dentist receives broad training across all fields of dentistry. They are not a specialist in moving teeth, and do not have the extensive knowledge of facial growth of the jaw bones which is important in determining you or your child’s treatment plan.
An orthodontist has been specifically trained and is the most qualified person to diagnose, prevent and treat issues to do with the alignment of teeth and jaws and ensure you, or your child, ends up with a smile you love and a bite and jaw that function properly.
Every orthodontic situation is different. Comprehensive treatment is approximately 18 to 24 months.
You will find your first visit to our practice to be very thorough and complete. Your first visit allows the Mehta Orthodontics team to meet you and discuss the reasons for your visit. We will carry out a complete examination and explain to you the different orthodontic options available to you and answer any questions you may have. If you require orthodontic treatment, we will collect orthodontic records at your first appointment. These may include moulds of the mouth, digital photographs and digital x-rays. We allocate 45 minutes to 1 hour for your first visit.
Properly positioned teeth are much easier to care for and clean and reduce the risk of decay if properly cared for.
Correction of the bite, in addition to helping with improved chewing and speech, also plays an important role in reducing future wear of the teeth (a significant problem in adults which is much harder to treat) and stress on the supporting bone and jaw joints, which is linked to a myriad of health conditions such as headaches.
Finally, after many years of helping children to become proud of their smile; great looking teeth that function properly have profound effects on your child’s self-confidence, self-image and self-esteem.