Why do you need orthodontic treatment?

  • Aesthetics
  • Function
  • Proper facial growth and development

Aesthetics:
To look good. After our eyes, our teeth and smile are the most noticed facial feature and, like it or not we are judged upon our appearance.

Teeth that meet and bite in balance ensure a balanced and harmonious facial appearance.A smile that is balanced to the face, centred, fits the face and shows the appropriate amount of tooth structure is what makes the perfect smile. These factors contribute to a look that gives us high self-esteem and self-confidence.

Function:
Teeth are shaped and designed to bite and chew. Teeth that do not meet properly or are poorly angled will not function well and, as such, may wear away preamturely, become sensitive, split or crack and lead to a change in the function of the jaw joints and muscles. Malpositioned teeth are more difficult to clean and floss and new research is showing a link between poor dental health and other health issues such as cario-vascular disease. Orthodontic treatment is aimed to balance the teeth into a proper bite and ensure the best functional outcome is obtained. THis allows the teeth to function correctly, wear evenl and be easy to clean and floss.

Proper facial growth and development:
Facial asymmetry is easily noticed, especially in females that ensure other facial features like eyebrows and makeup are symmetrical. Jaws that are dis-proportional in size or width may cause our face to grow asymmetrically. Early interception allows detection and correction of facial asymmetry. Once the jaws have grown “crooked”, surgery is usually needed to re-establish facial symmetry. Teeth that meet poorly or a bite that is “lop-sided” or teeth that are at different heights are very noticeable when we smile and may cause not only a crooked smile but noticeable facial asymmetry. Jaws that are disproportional in size may also contribute to respiratory problems or in older patients promote abnormal chewing patterns, abnormal wear and grinding of the teeth or cause spacing between the teeth. These problems may have flow on effects to the health of the jaw joints and the associated jaw muscles causing tension head-aches and chronic facial pain.

Orthodontic treatment aims to produce a great looking smile that “fits” the face whilst maintaining the proper function of the teeth, jaw joints and jaw muscles.