Orthodontic conditions affect a surprising number of people. Orthodontics is a subtype of dentistry which is involved with the treatment of malpositioned teeth and jaw misalignments. Many treatments can last from a few months to a few years, depending on the severity of the condition and the type of teeth straightening method used. Most orthodontic conditions are mild, however patients who have them can benefit largely from receiving treatment for them. Treatment primarily involves the usage of braces, however the type of braces required varies a lot depending on the severity of the condition and the other individual needs of patients. When looking at getting 6 Months Smiles in Northern Ireland, one of the main benefits of the treatment is that it can significantly reduce the time you spend under orthodontic treatment.
What are orthodontic conditions?
Orthodontic conditions affect the alignment of the teeth and potentially the jaw. This is most easily noticeable by simply looking at your teeth. If you observe that your teeth are misaligned, crowded, rotated, or you notice any difference between the position of your lower and your upper front teeth, you might require an orthodontic treatment. The most common orthodontic conditions include overbites, crossbites, underbites, openbites, crooked teeth, crowded teeth and gaps between teeth. The treatment you receive for these conditions is determined by the type of condition you have, whether there are multiple conditions combined, and by the severity of your condition. But what types of treatments are available for these orthodontic conditions?
Treatments for orthodontic conditions
Multiple treatments are available for orthodontic conditions. 6 Month Smiles in Northern Ireland consists of two types of treatments. The first type of treatment happens by using invisible aligners. These aligners are plastic trays made out of a transparent material to minimise the visibility of them. They are personalised moulds of your teeth: the manufacturing process is based on the 3D recordings taken from your mouth prior to starting the treatment. A series of these aligners, usually between 6 and 20, are made to achieve the desired results. Results are observable from 6-10 months. This type of treatment is mainly used for milder cases. The main benefit of it is the decreased visibility, the improved comfort and the improved hygiene. The aligners are sometimes removable, which makes it easier to keep the aligners clean and avoid them getting stained when drinking for example coffee, tea or red wine.
The only drawback of this is that invisible aligners are not suitable for the treatment of severe cases of orthodontic conditions, and that some patients’ teeth have a shape that is unsuitable for invisible aligner treatment. When invisible aligners are not a suitable option, clear braces can be applied instead. These types of braces are similar to the more traditional metal braces, however both the brackets and the wire are made out of materials that resemble the colour of teeth more, thus decreasing their visibility. They are suitable for the treatment of every orthodontic condition that traditional metal braces can treat, and they are an ideal option for patients who require tooth straightening, but can’t use invisible aligners, and also would not like to have metal braces.