Orthodontics – What you need to know?

The world of orthodontics can be a confusing one so here is an article to let you know the ins and outs of a really great form of dental treatment that can dramatically improve your quality of life. My dentist in Navan has always extolled the virtues of modern orthodontics on me.

Orthodontics – What you need to know?

What are common problems that orthodontics can fix?

Common problems that orthodontics can correct are:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Cross bite
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps

Why have orthodontics?

Orthodontics are a great opportunity to have the straightest teeth possible, if you are suffering from things like crooked teeth or an overbite you will realise how self conscious things like this can make you. The improvement in your confidence and appearance alone is worth having orthodontics, however there are many other benefits, such as being able to speak more clearly and eat in a better way.

When can you have treatment?

Treatment can occur at any time in a person’s life, and this can have an affect on the results.

  • Adolescents – this is the ideal time to have orthodontics as all the adult teeth have come through and the person is still growing.
  • Adults – this is a more complicated time to have orthodontic treatment, but the results can still be very good.
  • Early childhood – this not an ideal time to have orthodontics as the teeth are not , there can also be a level of pain that your child experiences and children have a much lower pain threshold than adolescents or adults. On the other hand it may be a good idea for younger children to have orthodontic treatment if major issues are identified early on.

What does orthodontic treatment involve?

There are two phases of orthodontic treatment and these are:

  • Active phase – this is where orthodontic implements such as braces are used to correct the alignment of teeth as well as the bite
  • Retention phase – this is where a retainer is worn to keep teeth in the correct position that was achieved in the active phase, this is to achieve the long term results of orthodontics.

How much do they cost?

Cost for orthodontics can vary and is based on the severity of the issues experienced as well as the amount of time. Generally an orthodontist will provide you with a total cost for the whole treatment, rather than each individual visit.

The best thing to do is to consult with one of your dentists in Navan, as well as your orthodontist, in relation to cost and how effective they will be for you, in order for you to make an informed choice about having orthodontic treatment.

About the Navan dentist

Boyne Dental & Implant Clinic

Boyne House

Church Hill


County Meath