Not everybody is fortunate to have naturally beautifully aligned teeth. In fact, in most cases people will suffer from some sort of alignment or spacing issue. For some people this is so small as to be barely noticeable and will require virtually no treatment. However, in other instances, the misalignment will be very pronounced and greatly affect both the way the teeth look and the way they function.
Misaligned teeth can cause problems with the occlusion (otherwise known as the bite and referring to the way the teeth sit together both when stationary and when moving). This can lead to painful conditions such as TMJ, bruxism and even migraines. Your London W1 dentist will therefore recommend orthodontics to correct the problem. The most common and well-known form of orthodontic treatment is the dental brace. This is an appliance that is fitted to the teeth, either fixed or removable, that gradually manipulates the teeth and moves them into a more desirable and healthy position.
There are many types of braces that work in different ways and for different types of misalignment. Over the last ten years, braces treatments have used new technology to improve both the speed and quality of treatment. Braces are also used for purely cosmetic reasons. This means that there might not be any purely functional reason for the teeth to be straightened but the patient simply wants to have straighter teeth for the benefit of having a healthier and more attractive looking smile. This form of cosmetic orthodontics can work wonders for the self-confidence and self-esteem of patients.
As well as this, orthodontic treatment is often used on teenage or younger patients as the teeth are more easily moved during their developing stages. Orthodontic treatments still work on adult patients but they often require more lengthy treatment periods. Speak to your dentist to find out the possibilities of orthodontic treatment for your teeth.