Orthodontic treatment can help to solve the problem of crowded, crooked or protruding teeth and correct bite problems, improving your overall appearance.
Benefits of orthodontics:
- Correct the problem of crooked teeth and dental crowding
- Lessen the chance of damage to your prominent teeth
- Correct bite problems so that your front as well as back teeth meet evenly
Many people suffer from crooked or crowded teeth or teeth that fail to meet properly when biting. Such problems mean it is quite difficult to keep the teeth and gums in good health. In certain cases, the unusual positioning of the jaw and teeth may even affect the shape of your face. Orthodontics may help treat other health issues as well, like cleft palate and hare lip.
About orthodontic treatment
Orthodontic intervention can begin when your child's adult teeth have become established. This generally happens when they are around 12 but this will depend on the number of adult teeth that have developed and the growth of their jaw.
Orthodontic procedures for adults can begin from any age.
The treatment won’t be possible unless you maintain good oral hygiene habits as orthodontics may enhance any gum problems and tooth decay.
Different kinds of orthodontic procedure
Orthodontics involves using clear aligners for correcting the position of your teeth. The treatment will depend on your problem.
In some cases, you may need to wear head gear or have small pins placed temporarily into the jaw and/or wear invisible braces. When teeth overlap, you might need some teeth extracted as part of the treatment.
Treatment time depends on how complicated the problem is and could be 18 to 24 months.
Once the treatment is done, you will have to wear the retainers for the specified time. You can remove the retainers when required but they should be worn every night to keep the teeth in their desired position. They can be used for 12 months but sometimes, there may be a thin wire fixed permanently behind your teeth to keep them in place.
How to access orthodontic method
The dentist will refer you to an orthodontist though you may sometimes get the treatment done by your dentist. When the orthodontic method is recommended, you can decide whether to undergo the treatment privately or on the NHS.
What to know about NHS method
NHS orthodontic treatment is free for anyone younger than 18 years of age who is in good health. Due to high demand, the waiting list may be long.
NHS orthodontic care is not available for adults although it might be approved on a case-by-case basis when it is required for health reasons, with the help of a rating system known as Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN), that evaluates the eligibility criteria for NHS treatment. Treatment on the NHS is available for grade 4 and grade 5 cases while Grade 3 cases can be assessed individually. NHS treatment may be available when your teeth, face or jaw appearance are a major concern.
When to undergo private treatment
If you are not eligible for free NHS treatment or you do not want to wait to start the treatment, then you can choose private treatment.
Private orthodontic treatment is widely available. Fees will range somewhere from £2,000 to £6,000, based on the complexity of your treatment and the kind of appliances being used, though fees may be higher.
Once the initial evaluation is done, the orthodontist will discuss treatment options the amount it will cost and any other options that you might have.
How to take proper care of your teeth
It may be time-consuming to clean teeth and braces however, you should try your best, to prevent permanent stain marks on the teeth after the braces are removed.
Many people using these appliances will find it really difficult to keep their teeth and gums clean and so you should brush for extra time during the treatment.
Your orthodontist in London will suggest using a toothpaste that has high level of fluoride or a mouthwash that contains fluoride in order to lessen the risk of tooth decay. You should not eat sugary food items or drink fizzy drinks during treatment.