Fast Access to Periodontal Care at Smile Store – The Dental Specialists

Good news for patients with periodontal gum disease– you can now be seen within three weeks.

Thousands of people in Ireland suffer from periodontal gum disease; the irreversible erosion of the gum and bone that eventually leads to tooth loss.

It’s of particular concern to patients planning dental implant treatment, as diseased gums greatly increase risk of implant failure.

Up to recently, patients referred for periodontal treatment faced wait times of up to six months, causing long delays in implant and other treatments.

Smile Store is happy to announce that we now have a Periodontist on staff to better service our patients and to decrease wait times substantially.

Tooth Loss After An Accident

Tooth Loss After An Accident

Tooth Loss After An AccidentTooth Loss After An Accident? Dental Implants Are The Ideal Replacement

Healthy teeth are pretty solid, but accidents happen and losing a tooth or two to trauma is a very common occurrence. Smile Store – The Dental Specialists help many patients who lose teeth due to accidents, and though these patients arrive in a panic they always leave feeling reassured.

A tooth is more than the white bit above the gum line; it has a long root that grows out of the jawbone. If you’ve merely chipped or broken a tooth or two, and the root is still okay, you can get bonding, veneers or a crown. Modern dentistry is all about trying to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible.

However once the root is hurt, it will have to come out – but don’t worry; the magic of dental implants will give you back a gorgeous smile and you can forget the accident ever happened.

Dental Implants Ideal To Replace Teeth Lost In An Accident

replace tooth after accident with dental implantsA dental implant is an artificial tooth root. It’s a little titanium cylinder designed to take the place of the tooth root, and is surgically placed deep into your gum under local anaesthetic. Your jawbone accepts the implant and fuses around it, hugging it into place (a process called osseointegration), which means it’s absolutely rock solid. After about 6 months once the bone has fused around the implant, a suitable tooth replacement, such as a crown, is then attached to it using a little connector piece called an abutment.

Result? A totally natural looking tooth, which feels and functions the exact same way as your own teeth.

Depending on where the missing tooth is, or how many are missing, you have lots of options to choose from to select the most suitable dental implant and tooth replacement type for you. Smile Store will help you pick the best and most affordable option to match your teeth and give you the look you want.

If you’ve hurt your mouth, call Smile Store – The Dental Specialists right away on  021 432 0004 or see www.smilestore.ie to book an appointment.

7 Amazing Truths About Dental Implants

7 Amazing Truths About Dental Implants

Dental implants from Smile Store are the best replacement solution for single and multiple missing teeth. Here are some things you should know about dental implants…

1: Dental implants Used To Be Made From Jewels & Seashells

The technology is new, but the idea isn’t- humans have actually used dental implants for thousands of years! Evidence of ancient dental implants made from bone, ivory, seashell, iron, gold and precious stones have been found in ancient Egyptian, Roman and Mayan archaeological sites.

7 Amazing Truths About Dental Implants biting steak

2: Your Body Thinks Titanium Belongs To It

Modern dental implants are a lot more comfortable, as they are made from strong, lightweight titanium. This is accepted by the body into the living tissue, a process no other stable; non-toxic metal is capable of. The titanium posts biologically bond with your bone, fusing directly into the jawbone in a process called osseointegration to provide an incredibly secure anchor for your replacement teeth, just like a real tooth root would.

3: Only Dental Implants Can Give You The Same Bite Force As Natural Teeth

Dental implants enable patients to bite down with a natural force of 200 -250 pounds per square inch, just like your natural teeth can. If you’re stuck with dentures, you only have about 50 pounds of force- not enough to chew through a steak!

4: You Can Get 1 Implant Or A Whole Mouthful

Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth, a couple of missing teeth, lots of missing teeth or even a full set of teeth for an edentulous (toothless) person.

Dental implants are the best long term tooth replacement solutions, whether you’ve lost one tooth or all of them, as the titanium tooth root can be used to support an artificial tooth crown in the case on a single tooth; or be used to support a customised prosthetic dental bridge, which can replace an entire dental arch.

7 Amazing Truths About Dental Implants

5: Dental Implants Can Last A Lifetime

With correct care and maintenance dental implants can last a lifetime, as long as you follow your Oral Surgeon Specialist’s instructions and take care of them with regular flossing, cleaning and check-ups. Dental implant procedures enjoy a success rate of over 98%; only two out of every 100 patients will experience dental implant failure. The expertise of the oral surgeon is important, and you must follow post-operative instructions to the letter to allow your dental implants to heal successfully.

Smokers should quit, as quite aside from the general health problems it causes, smokers have a reduced rate of healing.

6: Dental Implants Don’t Get Cavities

Because implants are not natural teeth they do not get cavities. This will save you money in the long term – but you must maintain your dental routine. You must take care of implants just at you do your natural teeth.

7: Dental Implants Help Preserve Your Own Bone

When you lose teeth, the bone in the underlying jaw recedes. Dentures can accelerate bone loss in the jawbone, as they only sit on top of the gums, but dental implants are placed into the jawbone and can help slow down bone loss, making them an excellent option for missing teeth.

6 Major Reasons People Shouldn’t Settle For Traditional Dentures

6 Major Reasons People Shouldn't Settle For Traditional Dentures

Old-fashioned dentures are a thing of the past. At Smile Store – The Dental Specialists, denture-wearing patients are relieved to discover they can replace their missing teeth with dental implants, regaining complete choice over foods and improving quality of life.

There is no comparison between traditional dentures and dental implants, because unlike false teeth, dental implants literally become part of you, so they look, feel and function exactly like natural teeth. Here are the top 6 problems denture-wearers complain about.

dont-settle-for-traditional-dentures1: No Bite Power Means Limited Food Choice

Your bite force with natural teeth is somewhere between 200 – 250 pounds of force. That is STRONG. Humans have naturally powerful jaws and teeth because we are omnivores, and need to have teeth that are set solidly into the jawbone to allow us to chew our varied diet efficiently.

If you wear dentures, your bite force has gone down to less than 50 pounds of force. That is the difference between having a steak for your dinner….or a bowl of soup. We need strongly anchored chewing machines to enjoy a broad range of foods. However, dentures will never, ever be able to give you the strength you need.

2: All Dentures Will Become Loose

Once you lose a tooth, the bone in that area of the gum starts to recede. This means that the gum gets flatter. As dentures are made to try to fit your gums, they might feel okay at first, but they will get progressively looser as the bone continues to recede and the gums flatten out.

Dentures merely sit inside the mouth. You can apply as much adhesive as you like, but they just ‘rest’ against the bony ridge of receded gums – there is no strong base anchoring them. Dentures on your upper palate use a suction plate to stay put. Dentures on your lower jaw….well; good luck keeping them in with gravity and willpower! Even extra layers of adhesive won’t work; and you’ll have to eat very slowly and carefully.

3: Dentures Mean A Reduced Sense Of Taste

Dentures kill your sense of taste. We have taste buds on the roof of the mouth as well as on the tongue. A full upper denture has an acrylic plate that covers all your palate across the roof of the mouth, covering up all the taste buds there. This isolates them from the tasting process entirely.

The rest of the taste buds in the tip and edges of the tongue are now constantly in contact with the denture, tasting the denture plastic. Your brain learns to ignore the taste of the denture plastic over time, but your sense of taste will never be the same again.

4: Dentures Make It Difficult To Speak Clearly

Dentures are a floating foreign object in your mouth, so they make you produce extra saliva, which can make you mumble or lisp as you try to contain the excess spit. The extra saliva also acts as a lubricant, which can causes dentures to slip, as well as causing a gargling type of speech. If you have dentures replacing your front teeth they will be in a different position than your original teeth, and so it takes some time to form words as your tongue has to get used to them. This can cause a whistling sound as you speak.

5: Dentures Can Cause Pain & Mouth Infections

Because dentures always become ill-fitting over time, they can cause chafing and pain too the sensitive tissues of gums and cheeks. Dentures have been linked to mouth infections, such as:

Cheilosis (also called cheilitis), a painful inflammation most often seen in people with ill-fitting dentures. It’s caused by an overgrowth of yeast accumulating in the moist areas of the mouth.

Stomatitis, another yeast-related infection. You may not know you have denture-induced stomatitis, because symptoms are not always obvious, but you may notice red bumps on the roof of your mouth or general mouth redness, especially under your upper dentures.

6 Major Reasons People Shouldn't Settle For Traditional Dentures6: You Have To Take Them Out – Or They May Pop Out On Their Own!

This is the most obvious problem with dentures; you just never know when they are going to slip out of your mouth. Anxiety about eating and speaking in public is something that consumes all denture-wearers, who live in fear of an embarrassing incident. As a result, denture wearers are apprehensive about keeping their dentures in and tend to stop themselves from smiling and laughing with confidence.

Even the most functional of false teeth will always be a foreign body sitting in the mouth, so for a real change to your quality of life, dental implants are the answer. You can get a full set of prosthetic teeth supported by dental implants and get your life back.

Don’t suffer in silence for one more day! Call Smile Store – The Dental Specialists on 021 432 0004 and see how they can help you.

They have the most affordable implant prices; expert Oral Surgeon Specialist, and a friendly team who will design the best plan for you. See www.smilestore.ie for further information.

Invisalign: The Wireless Wonder Of Orthodontics

Invisalign: The Wireless Wonder Of Orthodontics

Invisalign: The Wireless Wonder Of Orthodontics
Invisalign: The Wireless Wonder Of OrthodonticsAdvances in technology make everything faster; sleeker; wireless. Nothing has a tangle of cords attached any more; from phones to computers –  even dental orthodontic treatments have gone wireless with the clear appliance system of Invisalign.

If the thought of hardware in your mouth makes you cringe, but you’ve resolved to improve your life, your health and your self-esteem for 2017, Invisalign may be for you. Invisalign is the perfect way to correct crooked and misaligned teeth, without the brackets and wires of metal braces. It’s subtle, easy to use and wearer the freedom to remove it as needed.

Correcting Misaligned Teeth With Removable, Transparent Invisalign

The idea of having to wear metal braces for a period of 12-18 months puts a lot of people off. In fact the thought of wearing braces seems to bother many adults even more than living with a crooked smile, so they just keep hiding their teeth.

Even people committed to fixing their teeth keep procrastinating about it. “Oh, I don’t want to be wearing braces for the upcoming work dinner/child’s Communion/cousin’s wedding”, they say. Yet they are so self conscious about their wonky teeth that they’ll keep their lips firmly clamped in all the photos; resolutely unsmiling throughout the event from embarrassment and self-consciousness.

This reluctance to wear wires is one of the reasons Invisalign has become a popular alternative to traditional metal braces. The clue is in the name- it really is an almost invisible way of aligning your teeth – and you can take it out when you need to.

How Does Invisalign Work To Correct My Teeth?

Invisalign is quite a high-tech process, involving 3-D imaging performed at the Invisalign lab in the U.S. to calculate the desired position for your teeth. It’s this advanced imaging that allows the creation of a series of customised appliances to correctly stage your realignment.

Our Orthodontist will meet with you to determine if you are a candidate for the kind of correction Invisalign can provide. If so, we’ll arrange for impressions of your teeth to be taken. Each patient will receive a personalised video of their case from the Invisalign lab, with  a computer animation of the anticipated progression of realignment so you can see the results before you start.

The Invisalign system consists of a series of clear plastic trays, custom-made for each patient. Each tray is designed to fit different stages of your treatment as teeth are guided back into place over time. The gentle but persistent pressure of the carefully engineered trays is tailored for different stages of treatment, over a prescribed number of months.

Invisalign At A Glance

  • Invisalign uses a series of customised transparent removable trays to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets.
  • The trays are made specifically for you using impressions taken at Smile Store, sent to the Invisalign laboratory in the US. They use 3-D computer imaging technology to calculate the optimal positioning of your straightened teeth and create the series of appliances specifically for your case.
  • You wear each set of trays for one to 2 weeks before progressing to the next set in the series. You can take them out to eat and drink; brush your teeth, or for special occasions (like your cousin’s wedding!)
  • As you progress through the prescribed series of trays, teeth are incrementally moved a little more each week. Ultimately they are guided into the correct straightened position our Orthodontist has discussed with you.
  • You’ll have a predetermined number of visits to Smile Store so your Orthodontist can check that your treatment is progressing as planned and make any necessary adjustments

Invisalign Treatment Time; Follow-Up Visits & Pricing

invisalign-wireless-bracesInitial Consultation: The initial consultation for Invisalign is €80, and if the Orthodontist thinks you are a good candidate for Invisalign, he’ll take 2 specific X-Rays at €45 (OPG) and €55 (Ceph).

Once it has been determined that you are a candidate for the kind of correction Invisalign provides, impressions of your teeth as well as photos and other clinical information will be taken and sent to the Invisalign Lab. You’ll pay the non-refundable first half of the planning and manufacturing cost of your Invisalign appliances in the amount of €650 at this appointment.

Invisalign in the US will then develop a detailed treatment plan for you. It clearly outlines the number of visits you’ll make to see us at the Smile Store practice as you progress through each stage of your Invisalign treatment; how many trays you will require in your treatment, and how long you will wear each stage for.

Every patient’s case is unique, but as a general rule Invisalign treatment takes between 12 to 18 months; with a number of tray changes as you progress through the treatment. This will vary by patient as optimal results for you are the goal of your Orthodontist.

Once you have seen the customised computer animation sent to you from the Invisalign Lab and opt to proceed, the trays are manufactured for you and sent to Smile Store. You’ll be charged the second half of the planning and manufacturing cost of your Invisalign appliances in the amount of €650 at this appointment.

You’ll need office visits every 3 to 6 weeks, depending on where you are in your treatment. Each visit is €95 and this is your only remaining cost until the last stage of your treatment.

On Completion of Treatment: Once your teeth have been guided into place by your series of trays worn over the specified treatment time, you need to keep them there. This involves the wearing of a retainer at night for the ‘retention phase’, which again will vary by patient. The retainer created for you (from impressions of your newly straightened teeth) will cost €150.

When Can I Remove My Invisalign Device During The Day?

You need to wear your Invisalign devices for 22 hours a day. You can take them out for eating,, drinking, brushing and flossing. You may remove them for special events if you wish, but remember that to be effective, they need to be in your mouth!

To find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign wireless, clear braces just call us to book an appointment with our Orthodontist on 0221 432 0004.

Improve Your Life In 2017: Eat Fresh Healthy Foods Without Worrying About Your Dentures

Improve your life in 2017: Eat fresh healthy foods without worrying about your dentures

Improve Your Life In 2017: Eat Fresh Healthy Foods Without Worrying About Your Dentures

Dental Implants permanently secure your dentures so you can bite, crunch and chew with confidence

Improve your life in 2017: Eat fresh healthy foods without worrying about your dentures

Would you like to eat better to improve your health in 2017? Love to put lots of fresh fruit and veggies on your menu but afraid your dentures will let you down? You are one of a huge number of Irish adults who are missing teeth and have to rely on dentures. People have to be able to eat and want to look normal, so they couldn’t exist with mere gums – they get dentures.

Traditional dentures are uncomfortable; limit food choices, affect your speech and will ALWAYS get loose over time, causing embarrassment and ruining your confidence.

Why So Many People Wear Dentures

There wasn’t much focus on dental care in Ireland in years gone by. Lots of us are now forced to rely on dentures because

1) There was a lack of emphasis on regular brushing at home leading to neglect and then decay

2) When pain finally drove people to see their local general dentist, extraction was the only solution offered to them.

Pulling problem teeth was the catch-all solution for dental issues. No tooth, no problem, right? Now we know better. Removing teeth has long-term consequences.

Continuing Jaw Shrinkage Means ALL Dentures Get Loose

Once a tooth is removed, the gum and jawbone under the spot where the tooth grew immediately starts to recede. The body realises the tooth has gone, therefore withdraws support from the area by reabsorbing bone from the jaw.

When you get fitted for dentures to replace your missing teeth, the dentures are made to fit your gums as they are shaped at the time of fitting. But the gums and jawbone keep shrinking over time, so dentures that might fit well initially start to get loose. They start to slip and move around in your mouth. They cause trouble with speech as the tongue has to work to keep them in place.

You find you can’t rely on the dentures to stay put, so you cannot eat any food that might challenge them, like fresh crunchy vegetables; apples or healthy proteins like chicken breast.

Dental Implants To Anchor Dentures For Full Function

Eat fresh healthy foods without worrying about your denturesIf you wear dentures, you can get dental implants to secure them and it will completely change your life. Dental implants are the perfect solution to the problem of loose dentures.

A dental implant is a tiny post that is placed through the gum into the jaw to act as an artificial tooth root. The jawbone embraces it and fuses to it over a few months, providing a solid root upon which to affix dentures. Depending on your individual case, there are a number of variations on how your dentures can be affixed, and on the number of implants needed. One implant can be used to support several teeth in a denture.

Implant-supported dentures feel, look and work exactly like natural teeth, as they are now as much a part of you as your natural tooth and root was. The improvement to your quality of life is enormous, as you no longer have to worry about dentures popping out; eating crunchy, chewy foods or slurred speech.

Bone Augmentation For Secure, Comfortable Dental Implants

Smile Store are an all-specialist team with a Master Implantologist, so no matter how complex your case is, we can help.

Many patients who have been denture-reliant for years get turned away from other practices when they seek implants, as they are missing too much bone to insert implants into. Smile Store’s expert team can augment your jawbone with one of a number of options to suit you, in order for you to have sufficient bone in which implants can then be placed.

Once additional bone material is placed in the jaw (in a simple procedure, performed in the chair with local anaesthetic) it fuses with your existing bone over a few months. Then you can get your implants and after healing, your new dentures. Implant supported dentures restore full functionality to your teeth, so you can enjoy your life again!

To find out more about our affordable dental implants just call Smile Store on 021 432 0004

75% Increase In Adult Orthodontics For Self-Esteem

75% Increase In Adult Orthodontics For Self-Esteem

75% Increase In Demand For Adult Orthodontic Treatment To Improve Confidence

75% Increase In Adult Orthodontics For Self-EsteemIrish adults are now very proactive about improving their appearance and self-esteem, with a large rise in the number seeking orthodontic treatment to address crooked and misaligned teeth.

Looking & Feeling Great With Straight, Healthy Teeth

Smile Store has seen a large increase in consultation requests from adult orthodontic patients seeking treatment. Having lived with misshapen teeth for many years, these patients tell us they are tired being embarrassed by their teeth, and want to straighten out their dental issues.

These numbers echo the results of a survey released last week by the British Orthodontic Society, in which 75% of dental practices noted an increase in orthodontic treatment requests for patients over the age of 18.*

The specialist body said that “heightened awareness of adult orthodontic treatments and rising expectations regarding the positive impact of treatment on both appearance and well-being can be considered key drivers for this increase in demand”.*

Affordable, Accessible Specialist Orthodontic Care At Smile Store

Improved access to orthodontic treatment with affordable care and flexible treatment plans has undoubtedly spurred people to do something about wayward teeth that have mortified them for years.

As dental health awareness has increased, and specialist practices like Smile Store make comprehensive orthodontic treatment cheaper and easier than ever, people are choosing to do something about teeth that have embarrassed them for so long.

adult bracesVariety Of Advanced Brace Treatments For Adults

Braces and bite correction are considered a priority for children these days, but many adults had resigned themselves to tolerating the lack of confidence and discomfort caused by incorrectly aligned teeth.

Advances in orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign (the transparent tray system) and less obtrusive brace systems have made the idea of wearing braces less daunting for adults, who are enthusiastic about tackling orthodontic problems for permanent results.

Demand has been such that Smile Store have increased their Orthodontic Specialist team in order to meet patient demand for a wide variety of orthodontic intervention.

Cases vary from minor alignment adjustments using clear braces and retainer systems, to complete rearrangement of significantly crooked, crowded and prominent teeth.

How Long Does It Take To Get A Straight Smile?

Usually anywhere between 6 to 18/24 months, depending on how far your teeth have gone astray.

Orthodontic treatment times vary greatly from patient to patient as teeth can’t be moved back into position overnight – it took many years for them to grow out of alignment!

The Orthodontist must consider the position of all your teeth, and develop the best treatment plan to combine an attractive appearance with comfortable and effective function so you won’t encounter any problems with bite, or the way your teeth come together to chew.

After your initial consultation and x-rays, our Orthodontist will have the information to develop a treatment plan with an accurate time frame; number of appointments needed for monitoring and adjustment of whatever brace system is best for you, and anticipated results.

Transparent Costs & Flexible Payment Plan

Smile Store are always extremely candid about treatment costs as we understand you have to be able to prioritise your time and budget.

We’ll give you a written plan with all costs clearly outlined for your treatment; how many appointments you’ll need for brace adjustment; debonding (brace removal) and retention (the phase after your braces are removed).

To book your orthodontic consultation just call us on 021-432-0004 and we’ll find a time that suits you.

*British Orthodontics Society survey

20% Tax Relief On Treatments

20% Tax Relief On Treatments

20% Tax Relief on Treatments

20% Tax Relief On TreatmentsYou can claim back 20% tax relief on all non-routine dental treatments. 

You can claim for any treatment over the past 4 years.

All eligible treatments are noted on our fees page, so a quick glance will tell you what you can claim for in your Med 2 Form.

You can download the Med 2 Form by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page, or if you have had treatment with us give us a call and we can get one for you.

Smile Store can provide you with the Med 2 Form; will ensure it’s signed by your specialists and will fill in all dates, times and costs of your eligible treatments, itemising them for you.

Specialist dental services provide you and your family with lifelong benefits but are certainly a significant investment in the short term, so claiming 20% back is a welcome opportunity.

As an example, in the case of a treatment that costs €4,000, you will see a refund of €800, so it is well worth your while to take the time to make your claim. The 20% tax relief is a welcome boost as it reduces your net cost by one fifth.

Tax Relief on Dental Expenses: The Facts 

20% Tax Relief On All Non-Routine Dental Treatments Over The Past 4 Years calculator imageYou can claim tax relief on any of the eligible treatments you have paid for; whether it’s for yourself or someone else’s treatment.

Relief is at the standard rate of 20%.

You should make your claim at the end of the tax year, but you can actually claim relief on any eligible expenses dating back four years (including medical expenses, which require the Med 1 form).

It is possible to choose whether to claim relief in the year when the expenses were incurred, or in the year that they were paid (if they happen to fall into two different years).

You do not need to submit all your dental receipts to the Revenue, but you should hold onto them for a period of 6 years in case you are asked to prove or clarify any expenses.

If you’re self-employed you can claim your relief when you file your annual tax return.

There is no grey area about what is covered by the tax relief system! Routine treatments – cleaning; fillings; check-ups and so on – are not eligible for tax relief.

Non-routine treatments such as dental implants, crowns, veneers, root canal treatment, periodontal treatment and orthodontic treatment are all eligible for tax relief.

A full list of every treatment that qualifies for 20% tax relief is outlined on the Fees page at www.smilestore.ie/fees/ and the practice will be happy to answer any queries you have.

What about treatment abroad?

Medical treatment outside of the state is eligible for 20% tax relief as long as the dentist is a registered practitioner in that country – but you cannot claim anything back for travel, flights, transfers, accommodation or any other associated costs.

Download the Med 2 Form for Dental Expenses

www.revenue.ie/en/tax/it/forms/med2.pdf

A guide to claiming Health and Medical expenses

http://www.revenue.ie/en/tax/it/leaflets/it6.html

Top 5 Most Common Orthodontic Problems

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Top 5 Most Common Orthodontic Problems That Face The People Of Ireland

 Top-5-Most-Common-Orthodontic-ProblemsTeeth can grow crooked and misaligned over time, causing you problems with eating, speaking and self-confidence. If teeth aren’t properly aligned to come together evenly, an Orthodontist can gently guide them into place using any one of a number of devices from braces to alignersHere are the top five most common orthodontic issues Irish people face.

1: ‘Buck’ Teeth

where the front teeth protrude like a rabbit’s. People with protruding front teeth far more likely to damage them in a fall or accident, because of the way they stick out. Correcting this issue visibly improves a person’s appearance.

2: Overcrowding

People’s jaws vary in size and if your jaw is narrow you won’t have enough space for all your teeth to grow properly. An Orthodontist can remove teeth if needs be and gently guide others into the correct spacing.

3: Overbite

When the top teeth come down too far over the bottom teeth when you close your jaw. This impacts the shape of your face and mouth.

4: Underbite

When you clench your teeth closed the top teeth bite inside of the bottom teeth, like a bulldog. This means your upper teeth are too far back, or your lower ones are too far forward! It also affects the shape of your face and jawline.

5: Spacing

Gaps between teeth caused by a missing tooth or teeth that just don’t fill your mouth properly. It’s the opposite of overcrowding and can be corrected.

What Exactly Can An Orthodontist Do For My Teeth

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what-exactly-can-an-orthodontist-do-for-my-teeth-close-up-child-with-bracesWhat Exactly Can An Orthodontist Do For My Teeth?

Orthodontics is the area of dentistry that corrects the positioning of teeth, and the word comes from the Greek for ‘perfect, straight, or proper’ and ‘dontos’ which means teeth.

An Orthodontist can use a variety of devices, depending on your particular issue, to guide teeth into a better position to improve the way they work so you can eat and speak properly, and to ensure your teeth look straight, even and in proportion to your face.

Why Fix The Alignment Of Your teeth?

There are two main reasons, which come down to form and function.

  1. The cosmetic appearance- crooked or sticking-out teeth, as well as overcrowding of teeth, can affect your confidence. It also affects the very shape of your face and jaw.
  2. Proper bite pressure – your teeth come together to chew, and the human bite pressure is very strong. If your teeth don’t align properly, they can’t come together evenly. This can cause headaches, jaw problems, and even impact your speech.

Benefits Of Orthodontics For Misaligned Teeth

An Orthodontist has a whole arsenal of tools at their disposal, from braces which go over the teeth to braces that can be placed behind the teeth (‘lingual’ braces), as well as a variety of aligners like the clear plastic ‘Invisalign’.

Your Orthodontist can:

  • Straighten crooked teeth
  • Close wide gaps between teeth
  • Ensure teeth come together properly
  • Treat improper bite to relieve pain and avoid further damage
  • Improve chewing ability
  • Improve speech
  • Prevent further trauma and wear to gums and teeth caused by improper alignment

What-Exactly-Can-An-Orthodontist-Do-For-My-Teeth-woman-with-removable-applianceOrthodontics For Children & Adults

It is never too late to see an Orthodontist, but the earlier, the better. As baby teeth fall out and adult teeth are fully developed, from age 9-12, your Orthodontist can see if the development of the child’s jaws and teeth is normal or if they need correction.

As the growth of teeth is gradual, any problems will become worse over time; the early correction of misalignment means the teeth can be brought into line before the get too out of hand. It’s also far cheaper to treat misaligned teeth early with minimal correction than later in life when any correction will take longer; is more complex and inevitably more expensive!

Adult treatment is tailored specifically for each case, and as teeth don’t become misaligned overnight, gentle correction and guidance into place may take between 6 – 18 months, depending on the corrective device and the position of your teeth.