Orthodontic Treatments - Reamovable Appliances
Orthodontic treatment is often recommended to correct abnormalities in the jaw and tooth position, such as an overbite or protruding teeth. An overbite is when the top teeth bite over the bottom teeth unusually. In extreme cases, the edges of the front teeth can damage and strip away the gum and loosen the lower teeth or the edges of the lower teeth can cut into the roof of the mouth. Protruding, or ‘buck’ teeth is when the front teeth are positioned further forward than normal. A person with protruding teeth is more susceptible to tooth loss from accidents and may suffer from speech or eating problems. Many people also choose to correct protruding teeth for cosmetic reasons. These problems should ideally be corrected in adolescence. Ask your dentist to recommend an orthodontist for advice on these conditions.
Checking for these conditions
With your teeth closed, look at yourself in the mirror face on and check whether you can see your lower teeth. Normally you would expect to see about half of your bottom teeth. If you see less than half, you may have an overbite.
Look at yourself in the mirror from the side and see if your teeth (either top or bottom) stick out more than normal.
Orthodontic Treatments involved
The orthodontist will take detailed records of your teeth and jaw, diagnose the problem, plan the treatment and carry out the care.
Treatment usually includes fixed braces followed by a retainer plate. For adults, fixed braces are often needed for two to three years, followed by a retainer (plate) for up to two years. This is generally longer than the time needed for adolescents.