11 June 2018

What is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who focuses on the correction of misaligned or crooked teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. It's an incredibly common procedure and one which can be done no matter what your age - whether your 16 or 60! Crooked teeth or teeth that don't fit together are at a higher risk of being lost due to decay and the increased pressure on your jaw. By opting for orthodontic treatment, your teeth are far more likely to last a lifetime - making for far better overall health.

There are a wide range of reasons as to why someone may have issues with their teeth and need to visit an orthodontist:

  • Thumb sucking
  • Overcrowding
  • Spaced teeth
  • Irregular positioning
  • Dental or gum disease
  • Accident or premature loss

So, just what are your options...

I couldn't be happier with the results and the overall professionalism of Dr Myers and the clinic.

Jim McCormick, Wicklow

Six Month Braces

Invisalign

Invisalign is fast becoming one of our most popular forms of orthodontic treatment at Seapoint Clinic. The reason? Invisalign harnesses a series of clear, removable, custom-moulded aligners. As they are removable, you can eat and drink as normal throughout treatment and are the treatment of choice for those looking to keep their treatment as discreet as possible. They're also ideal for anyone who may have worn braces during their teenage years and have since gone on to suffer some form of orthodontic relapse. Treatment tends to take roughly a year to complete, but can go quicker where fewer movements are required.

In some cases Invisalign may not be suitable, which is why we recommend Six Month Braces which is also an incredibly popular form of treatment.

Fixed Braces

Often referred to as 'train tracks', fixed braces remain one of the most popular forms of orthodontic treatment. Long gone are the days of cumbersome, ill-fitting braces. Instead, modern designs mean they are smaller, more comfortable and faster acting than ever before - allowing us to reduce treatment time. We also provide clear ceramic brackets, meaning they are almost invisible and make for a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

Do adults really get braces?

The simple answer is yes! Teeth can shift at any age, possibly due to health, injury or simple natural growth. Even if you wore braces as a child, it doesn't mean your teeth won't shift again, which is why orthodontists now recommend people wear their retainers for far longer than in previous decades. 

What are the benefits of orthodontics?

  • Reduced risk of accidental injury
  • Easier to clean
  • Reduced risk of decay or gum disease
  • Great smile
  • Less stress on jaw joints

What's next?

Are you considering braces? Maybe your teeth have shifted out of place? Unsure of what treatment would best suit you? Why not contact us today on 01 284 2570 or email us at info@seapointclinic.ie to arrange your appointment.

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