Orthodontic Treatment on the Gold Coast
Who needs orthodontics?
Orthodontics are used to treat a variety of dental issues, such as:
- Overbite, where a patient’s lower jaw is too far behind the upper jaw, causing the teeth to stick out over the lower teeth.
- Underbite, when the lower teeth are positioned too far forward and the upper teeth sit too far back.
- Spacing and gaps, which is caused by missing teeth or a tooth that simply doesn’t fill up the entire space necessary.
- Crowding, where there are too many teeth for the dental ridge to hold.
There are a number of benefits for orthodontic treatment. While many are concerned with the appearance of misaligned teeth (which can also be corrected with dental veneers), orthodontics can improve the overall function and oral health of a patient, as well as prevent future problems. Unlike dental veneers, which typically on restore the look or function of the teeth that are treated, orthodontic treatment can correct a whole series of bite problems.
Correcting these problems can prevent grinding, clenching, or excessive wear of teeth. It may also help stop gum problems, as serious cases of malocclusions can sometimes can damage to the gums.
Teeth that are heavily crowded or overlapping can make it difficult to clean around the teeth; correcting this issue often makes it easier to maintain good oral hygiene. In general, straighter, better-aligned teeth tend to be easier to look after, which helps prevent the risk of tooth decay, periodontal disease, and even tooth loss.
For those with serious alignment problems, patients may experience impaired speech or pain in or near the jaw joint. Orthodontic appliances can help reduce problems in these areas, allowing for clearer speech or reduced (or altogether eliminated!) discomfort and pain.