26 April 2022
Orthodontic Treatment and Braces
The majority of people opt for orthodontic treatment during their teenage years. The reason is quite simple, during your teenage years it's much easier to detect potential issues such as crooked teeth or a bad bite. Another added benefit is that as your body is developing at a rapid pace, it makes treatment much quicker. However, that's not to say you can't have braces as an adult. In fact, more and more people are having braces well into their 60s! Thanks to advancements made in modern dental technology and techniques, it's never been easier to get the smile you've always wanted. So what exactly is orthodontics?
I had quite crooked teeth and wanted to see if it was possible to get them straightened without removing two of my baby teeth. Thankfully Dr Jim Griffin was amazing and I now have the smile I always wanted.
Elaine Kennedy, Dun Laoghaire
Orthodontics focuses on the correction of teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are at higher risk of being lost early due to tooth decay, increased pressure on the jaw and periodontal disease. The benefits of orthodontic treatment mean that teeth are more likely to last a lifetime and make for a far healthier mouth.
Problems with teeth can be inherited or caused by factors such as:
- Crowded or spaced teeth
- Irregular position of teeth (ectopic teeth)
- Extra or missing teeth (hypodontia)
- Thumb sucking
- Dental disease such as decay or gum disease
- Premature loss of baby teeth
- Accidents or trauma.