Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of dental and facial irregularities in children and adults.
The practice of orthodontics requires professional skills in the design, application and control of corrective appliances (such as braces), to align teeth, lips and jaws to achieve facial balance and straight teeth.
Pacific Smiles Dental understands the importance of how straight teeth can influence one’s appearance and overall confidence and self-esteem. Orthodontics not only provides positive cosmetic results but can also play an important role in reducing the need for future dental treatment.
Crooked and crowded teeth are often more difficult to clean and maintain which can contribute to conditions which cause tooth decay along with eventual gum disease and tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function and excessive stress on gum and bone. In addition, misalignment of the jaw joint can even cause chronic headaches or pain in the face or neck.
Children and adults alike can benefit from orthodontic treatment as healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age. It is however recommended that all children have an orthodontic screening no later than age seven, as some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if treated early.
Orthodontic treatment can have a positive influence on the following dental problems
- Crowding of teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Protruding upper teeth
- Underbite or lower protrusion
- Open or crossbite
- Deep overbite
Custom-made appliances such as braces and other devices are prescribed and designed by the orthodontist according to the problem being treated. By providing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces can slowly move teeth through their supporting bone to a more desirable position.
All procedures at Pacific Smiles Dental Care Centres are carried out using state-of-the-art equipment in modern, friendly facilities which offer the convenience of extended opening hours. Sterilisation and infection control practices at Pacific Smiles Dental are subject to the highest quality standards for the health and safety of patients, employees and practitioners.
Orthodontic treatments are available at selected Pacific Smiles Dental Care Centres by highly qualified and trained Orthodontists.
For more information on Orthodontics contact your local Pacific Smiles Dental Care Centre.