Orthodontic Services

Treatment of children and teenagers

Most orthodontic work is carried out on young people in their teens. By this age, almost all permanent adult teeth are present, but the jaw is continuing to develop, which means misaligned jaws can be corrected without going to excessive lengths, and indeed are often self-correcting.  The older one gets, the more this ceases to be the case. 

Treatment of adults

Whereas it is common to see children and young people with braces, adults have traditionally avoided them for aesthetic reasons.  But now thanks to modern technology, unsightly metal braces have given way to small, scarcely visible brackets made of ceramic and fiberglass.  More adults than ever before are availing themselves of the advantages of orthodontics. 
Pain in the jaw joints and other irregularities of the jaw are also leading adults to consider orthodontic treatment. These irregularities are quite common and can vary from simple tension in the jaw muscles to extreme pain when chewing or opening the mouth. 

In cases where malocclusion or an improper bite causes headaches or facial pain, pain in the vertebral column, tinnitus, vertigo, or, more commonly, a grinding of the teeth, a tailor-made bite guard splints can help. 
Prudent attention to one’s orthodontic needs now can pave the way for good results later in life when dentures, implants or other dental prostheses may be necessary. Cropped teeth, for example, can be corrected now to facilitate denture use later. 

But at the end day orthodontic treatment is indicated for by adults and children and teens for largely the same reasons—to correct dysfunctional jaw and/or tooth alignment so as to chew, swallow and speak without any undue difficulties. In addition, a healthy bite allows for proper cleaning and brushing of the teeth, thus preventing gingivitis or cavities. Orthodontic treatment is not limited to any age group as long as the teeth and the periodontal apparatus are healthy. 

In cases of especially heavy malocclusions in adults, we recommend a combined treatment of orthodontic corrections and specialised jaw surgery.  We treat such patients in collaboration with an orthopaedic surgeon.