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If you have gaps between your teeth or crooked teeth, braces may be a good option for you.

You’ve probably heard of orthodontists, but what exactly do they do? Orthodontists are dental specialists who use braces and other orthodontic devices to straighten teeth and improve bite alignment. The good news is that you don’t have to travel far to find one – Sky Dental Clinic in Bexleyheath is here to help you! Book an appointment with us today to get started.

What is an orthodontist, and what do they do?

Orthodontists are specialists in treating dental problems such as crooked teeth, misaligned jaws, or crowded teeth. They specialise in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of malocclusions (misalignments of the teeth). Orthodontists have trained extensively to straighten teeth, treat bite problems, and jaw irregularities, restore mouth function, and improve facial appearance through the use of braces and other devices. Orthodontic braces have become much more common in the past couple of decades as more children are getting their teeth straightened earlier than in previous generations.

How to choose an orthodontist

Choosing an orthodontist can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for. The following checklist will make it easier to choose a good orthodontist. You should have a meeting before starting any treatment and make sure you feel comfortable with your orthodontist. Ask yourself these 3 questions:

  1. Do they seem approachable?
  2. What treatment options are available?
  3. What is their orthodontic experience?

How do braces work?

There are many different types of braces available now. Here at Sky Dental, we offer Invisalign®, which is clear braces. They are the same concept; they attach to your teeth and move them! However, some people find Invisalign® a better option as they are more discreet, removable, and often quicker than traditional braces. To find out more about Invisalign®, click here or get in touch with our team today!

Signs you may need braces

There are a few signs that may indicate you need braces, such as crowded teeth, awkward bite, or gaps in your teeth. If you’re experiencing any of these things, it is best to consult with a dentist/orthodontist before deciding on treatment.

How do I get braces?

In most cases, you’ll need to book a consultation with an orthodontist. You will then be required to get a comprehensive orthodontic examination. Based on your assessment, your orthodontist will determine whether you’re a candidate for braces and which type of braces is best for you.

What to expect from a visit to the orthodontist

When it comes to going to an orthodontist, You will need an appointment and maybe a little bit of paperwork or have some questions that need answering.

Orthodontist benefits

If you feel that your smile looks crooked or if you have any other problems with your teeth, mouth, or bite, orthodontics can help. Here are some of its benefits:

✔ Improved appearance.

✔ Eliminated pain.

✔ Better health.

✔ Treatment carried out by professionals.

Braces for overcrowding

Overcrowding can cause serious oral health problems, such as decay and gum disease. Thankfully, there are a few options for dealing with these issues. One of them is braces for overcrowding. For example, Invisalign® clear aligners work to straighten your teeth, and they can also be removed during treatment, so you are able to clean them.

The best age for orthodontic treatment

The best age for orthodontic treatment is largely dependent on your dental health, but most dentists recommend starting around age 12 – 14. While orthodontic treatment may continue well into adulthood, early intervention is ideal because it allows for smaller and more conservative treatment plans to be applied. The growth patterns of your child’s face and teeth can lead to problems later in life if they aren’t monitored closely.

Myths about braces

There are many myths about braces. Some people say you shouldn’t wear them after a certain age; however, there is no actual age limit by which you should undergo orthodontic treatments because each patient is different. Orthodontics, or braces, are often thought of to straighten teeth for children and teenagers. However, adults can straighten their teeth too! Braces for adults come in a few different options.

You can go with traditional braces (straight wires bonded to your molars), or you may choose Invisalign®. Additionally, while most adults want to take care of their teeth as they age—that doesn’t mean they still wouldn’t benefit from wearing braces, especially since older adults often suffer more health problems, such as changing jawbones, which can cause tooth crowding.

Your orthodontic options

Lingual braces
Lingual is the dental word for ‘back’. Lingual braces are placed on the back of the teeth (the lingual side) so that they are not at all visible to other people.

If you’re hoping to straighten your teeth but are not keen on wearing unsightly braces, then Invisalign® may be a good fit for you. It’s essentially clear plastic braces, so it doesn’t get in your way, and you don’t have to worry about anyone noticing that you are straightening your teeth. Also, as it is removable, you can eat whatever food or drink you like while using Invisalign®.

Ceramic braces (tooth-coloured braces)
Ceramic braces offer clear benefits over traditional metal brackets: they’re nearly invisible and less conspicuous, which means you can enjoy a great smile that doesn’t go out of its way to advertise itself.

Metal braces
‘Traditional braces’ or metal braces are a type of orthodontic appliance used for treating malocclusion or alignment issues in your teeth. To get straight teeth from metal braces, you will need to visit our Bexleyheath orthodontist regularly to have them adjusted by our team. During these adjustments, we will remove tooth decay and adjust your bite if you experience jaw pain.

Brace alternatives

There are many options for straightening teeth, including Invisalign®, clear braces and traditional metal braces. If you have a limited budget or are looking for a more conservative alternative to straighten your teeth, Invisalign® is a great option. In fact, some orthodontists will offer free consultations with Invisalign® as an alternative to traditional metal braces.

Orthodontist clinic

Sky Dental Clinic is led by some of its most accomplished dentists and offers a broad range of treatments. We make sure that all treatments meet high standards of health and hygiene, so your condition can be improved faster than ever before. If you’re looking for more information or have any questions after reading this, please contact us, and we’ll be happy to help!

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