Orthodontic treatment is a type of dental care that helps to improve the alignment of teeth and jaws. It can be used to correct malocclusions, which are misalignments that can lead to long-term health problems for the teeth and periodontium. Orthodontic treatment can also help to improve the appearance of a person's smile. In some cases, a general dentist may be able to oversee the straightening of teeth with orthodontic appliances.
This type of treatment is often used to correct overcrowding, which can make it difficult to clean the teeth properly. Other situations that may require a visit to an orthodontist include the need for veneers or crowns, or the removal of a tooth. The exact treatment plan will depend on the individual's needs. Orthodontists may recommend traditional orthodontic appliances or a system of aligners, depending on the case.
NHS orthodontic treatment is free for people under 18 who have a clear health need for it. Adults who want to undergo orthodontic treatment should visit their dentist for advice on available options. At PearlFection Dentistry, we typically offer a free half-hour consultation with our orthodontist to answer any questions and determine what the patient's options are. We also submit predeterminations to determine if insurance will cover any of the costs, and we can help with requesting funding if needed. The aesthetic and oral health benefits resulting from orthodontic treatment are worth the time and effort of the process.
It's always important that your general dentist and orthodontist keep an open line of communication regarding your treatment plan. Orthodontic treatments involve altering the teeth, jaws and the soft tissues that connect them.