Orthodontics

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Orthodontics is that branch of dentistry which straightens teeth to improve the patients’ smiles and also improves function by aligning the teeth for most efficient chewing. Sometimes it may be used to correct bite problems. If the patient’s dentist diagnoses a developing or potential problem, then early referral is made to the orthodontist. The orthodontist will thoroughly assess the patient and decide whether the patient should either be monitored or whether active treatment should be undertaken.

Orthodontic treatment is usually done by the patient wearing “braces”. Braces can be either fixed to the teeth or be removable. Specialist orthodontist Mr Colin Larmour LINK, carries out all the orthodontic treatment at the practice. He also works as a Consultant Orthodontist at Aberdeen Dental School and Hospital managing more complex orthodontic problems. At the practice he can offer patients the most up to date and contemporary treatment approaches including ‘invisible’ treatment options such as ceramic braces (these are more camouflaged as they are tooth coloured) and Invisalign®.

Invisalign® is a nearly invisible orthodontic system which has become very popular with over half a million people being treated with the system. Using the latest advances in 3-D computer technology, Invisalign® uses your dentist’s instructions to create a series of custom made removable mouth trays (aligners). These aligners apply a controlled amount of force to your teeth, causing them to move. Each aligner is slightly different, moving your teeth gradually into the desired position. These aligners can be removed to allow the patient to eat and drink what they like. Furthermore studies have shown that it can be better for dental hygiene during treatment as the mouth is easier to clean. The appliance is comfortable to wear as it is not composed of metal or sharp edges and it does not cause allergies.

The Invisalign® aligners are worn full time day and night (min 22–24 hours). Each aligner is worn for 2 weeks before moving onto the next in the series. This causes the teeth to move millimetre by millimetre, week by week, until the desired result is obtained. Most treatments last nine to eighteen months depending on the complexity of the case. The orthodontist will review progress periodically

Further information on orthodontics can be obtained from the British Orthodontic Society.