There are now more treatments than ever for the treatment of crooked teeth, including a range of orthodontic and cosmetic dental treatments.
If you have crooked teeth, the chances are that your dentist will identify this early on and refer you for orthodontic treatment. In many cases, it is best to treat the condition early on and most people will have treatment between the ages of 10 and 16. In recent years, adult orthodontic treatment has become very popular due to treatments becoming quicker, more discreet and also of greater comfort.
Visiting your dentist
It is advisable to visit your dentist every six to twelve months for a routine check-up, as this will allow your dentist to keep an eye on your oral health and treat any developing conditions as early as possible. If you have orthodontic problems and you feel you would benefit from orthodontic treatment, your dentist will discuss this with you and refer you to an orthodontist. Orthodontists are dentists who have specialist training in the diagnosis and treatment of orthodontic conditions.
The assessment process
Once you have been referred to an orthodontist, they will carry out tests and examinations to check your orthodontic prescription and work out what kind of treatment is required. You will need dental X-rays in order to see the teeth and jaw bones more clearly and monitor their development, and they may also make impressions and moulds of your teeth and take photographs. If you have untreated oral health problems, such as decay or gum disease, these will be treated as a priority.
If your orthodontist feels that you would benefit from treatment, they will discuss the options with you and explain why you need treatment, how long treatment will take and how much treatment will cost.
Choosing a treatment
There are many different treatment options for orthodontic problems and the treatment you choose will usually depend on the complexity and nature of the problem. Some treatments will be ruled out straightaway because they are not suitable for your individual prescription.
Your orthodontist will outline your options and help you reach a decision and will be able to answer any questions and explain the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments.