What is Orthodontics?
More commonly known as “Braces”, orthodontics is the treatment of changing the position of the teeth for either cosmetic or functional purposes. It is a branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental problems in regards to the alignment of the teeth and the jaw.
Orthodontic Treatment at Coral Coast Dental
Here at Coral Coast Dental one of the many services we provide includes Orthodontic Treatment. Dr. Clinton Haddon has extensive training with Orthodontics and is the dentist you will see if you decide to have Orthodontic treatment done with us.
Why are Braces Necessary?
Orthodontic Treatment may be recommended for a variety of reasons which can include:
- Crowding or overlapped teeth
- Spaces between teeth
- Upper and lower teeth don’t touch (Open Bite)
- Upper front teeth sit behind the lower teeth (Under Bite)
- Upper front teeth cover too much of the lower teeth (Deep Bite)
- Upper front teeth protrude or stick out (Over Bite)
- Difficulty eating or speaking.
Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
- Improve the appearance of your smile
- Improve the function of your bite
- Prevent problems occurring that may be caused by incorrect positioning or function of teeth. Eg: If your teeth are tilted on an angle the contact between the teeth may be harder to keep clean and at a higher risk of developing dental caries. Also, if your teeth are not correctly positioned you may be putting extra force on them which may cause some wear and tear.
Orthodontics Are Not Just Limited To Traditional Braces It Can Also Include
- Arch Expanders
- Head Gear
- Removable Appliances
Stages of Treatment
If you are considering having orthodontic treatment, the following stages that will need to take place.
- Consultation with Dr. Haddon
This is where we will sit down with you and discuss your options. We want to find out what your concerns are and talk with you about what you would like to achieve from having orthodontic treatment. At this appointment we will give you a full treatment plan that will have an outline of the treatment that has been recommended for you as well as our fee schedule so you don’t have any surprises. If you decide to continue we will require you to have a set of radiographs taken which will include an OPG, Lateral Ceph, Frontal Ceph and Hand and Wrist depending on your age. You will bring these to your “Work Up” appointment.
- Work Up Appointment
At this appointment we will take a full orthodontic set of photographs inside and outside of your mouth. We also take a set of impressions of your upper and lower teeth to develop your models. Dr Haddon will then take measurements and records inside of your mouth and all of the information will be recorded into your chart. This information will then need to be processed and we will organise a time to sit down again with you in a few weeks time to discuss what we have found.
- Spacers Appointment
Before we can put the bands on your molar teeth we need to create a small space between them. At this appointment we will place some small blue “Spacers” between the teeth that will need to be banded. These need to stay in place for one week, if any happen to fall out you need to call us. This is a quick appointment and Dr. Haddon’s assistants will be able to place these for you. This appointment needs to be scheduled 1 week before your “Band Up” appointment.
- Band Up Appointment
Today is the big day! This is the appointment where we place all of the bands, brackets, arch wires and elastics. We will usually reserve about 2 hours for this appointment. Things will be feeling very different now and it will take a few days to settle in. Your dental hygiene will also need to be adjusted today so we can make sure that your will keep your teeth extra clean during your treatment. You will be given a goodie bag of products so that you will have everything you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy during treatment. Dr. Haddon’s assistant will demonstrate how to use all of these products before you leave.
- Orthodontic Adjustments
Every 1-2 months you will need to come back and see us so that we can make any necessary adjustments. You might notice things will feel a little tighter after this appointment, but that’s because we want to keep everything moving.
Yay your treatment is complete! Today we will remove all of the wires, brackets and bands and give your teeth a polish to remove any of the excess cement. We now will place a fixed lingual retainer. This is a small wire that is attached on the inside of your upper and lower teeth to make sure that nothing moves. We will also take some new impressions today and make some plastic orthodontic retainers as well which Dr Haddon will instruct you on how and when to wear them.