Orthodontist London - Smile With Confidence

Orthodontia deals with preventing, improving or eliminating defects in the chewing system of the teeth, in both children and adults, by maintaining the chewing organs and the facial profile in the most correct position possible, or by restoring them to that position. Treatment is designed to meet the patient's personal needs and clinical picture with careful diagnosis and subsequent preparation of a treatment plan.

Lingual orthodontics
Invisible orthodontics and orthodontics with facemask

This treatment involves application of orthodontic braces on the lingual side of the teeth; that is, on the inner side facing the tongue, so that the braces cannot be seen when the patient smiles.  The technique is customized and is undergoing constant development in terms of type of braces used and methods of treatment leading to a better result in a shorter time. It is used to resolve minor crowding and relieve craniomandibular disorders, since the symptoms are mild and temporary.  There are no age limits, and results are guaranteed.

This treatment realigns the teeth and closes diastemas comfortably and effectively. The personal facemask involved can be used in adolescents and adult patients with permanent teeth.  Once it is positioned, it covers the teeth and causes realignment through tiny movements.  Treatment is reversible and also personal, since it is developed for each patient by the orthodontist London clinic.  During treatment, the patient wears a number of masks at different times, according to the course of therapy, until the teeth are brought back to their ideal position.

Interceptive Orthodontics is a phased type of orthodontics which is the practice of extracting malocclusions once they are detected in an attempt to avoid adult malocclusion. According to the American Academy of Orthodontics, all children should be brought to the dentist for proper orthodontic assessment by age 7 when the first set of permanent molars had erupted. Treating children at much earlier ages, say between 7 to 11 years, will take advantage of the child’s continuing growth and they are more compliant and receptive with treatment at this age. Growth is utilized to correct developmental occlusion problems. Staging the treatment can correct immediate problems and future issues.

In the past, orthodontic treatment did not begin until around age 12-14. This is when all the permanent teeth are already erupted or very close to it. Most dentist extract a tooth to correct bite problem or teeth crowding. With interceptive orthodontics, fewer teeth are extracted and there are better results

Why your child needs interceptive orthodontics

Parents need to understand that when interceptive orthodontics is performed there is usually more than one phase of treatment. Phase two will start when all the permanent teeth have erupted at 12 to 14 years. Going through phases allows for the second phase to be shorter in duration, since the major corrections happened in the interceptive orthodontics phase. Sometimes interceptive orthodontics are needed to correct problems related to skeletal development, and sometimes it is needed as a direct result of oral habits.

Some examples of Interceptive Orthodontics:

  • expansion of the upper jaw to eliminate a crossbite
  • expansion of one or both jaws to create space for overly crowded teeth
  • early removal of specific baby teeth to facilitate the proper eruption of permanent teeth
  • maintaining space for permanent teeth after the premature loss of a baby tooth
  • reducing the protrusion of upper incisors to decrease the likelihood of fracture from trauma

Early orthodontic treatment may prevent serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later stage shorter and less complicated. Early treatment gives your London orthodontist the chance to:

  • guide jaw growth to create facial symmetry
  • lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • correct harmful oral habits
  • improve appearance and self-esteem
  • guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
  • improve the way lips meet
  • create room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • preserving space for un-erupted teeth
  • reducing the need for tooth removal
  • reducing treatment time

Orthodontics is not just for improving the appearance of the smile. Orthodontic treatment improves malocclusions that occur due to tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or even the way you feel about your smile. Recent studies have shown that malocclusions left untreated can result in problems as we age. Crowded teeth are much more difficult to brush and floss which may contribute to tooth decay and periodontal disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.

Contact us to have your kids’teeth checked and to ensure a proper tooth and bone growth.