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Understanding Orthodontics: What You Need to Know

Orthodontics is a specialised field of dentistry focused on diagnosing, preventing, and correcting dental and facial irregularities. These irregularities, often referred to as malocclusions, can include issues such as overcrowded teeth, gaps between teeth, misaligned jaws, and bite problems (underbite, overbite, crossbite, etc.).

Orthodontic treatment aims to improve the alignment of teeth and jaws, not only for aesthetic purposes but also to promote optimal oral health and function. By correcting malocclusions, orthodontics can alleviate issues such as difficulty chewing, speaking, and cleaning teeth, as well as reduce the risk of oral health problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

Common orthodontic treatment options include traditional metal braces, ceramic braces and clear aligners such as Invisalign. During orthodontic treatment, patients visit their orthodontist periodically for adjustments to their appliances, gradually guiding the teeth into their desired positions.

The benefits of orthodontic treatment extend beyond just improving oral health; a straighter smile can also boost self-esteem and confidence, leading to improved social interactions and overall well-being.

If you're considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or a loved one, it's essential to schedule a consultation with a qualified orthodontist. During this initial appointment, the orthodontist will evaluate your oral health and discuss your treatment options, helping you make informed decisions about your dental care.

Book a consultation with Dr Kaplan and chat with us about your future treatment today.

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