Do you have teeth that grind or clench? Or jaws that click? Perhaps you’re having difficulty with speech, or problems chewing and biting. These are all conditions that an orthodontist can help with.
Many people will need to see an orthodontist at some stage in life. Perhaps because of a problem that’s developed in adulthood. Or one that was not treated properly when they were younger.
Treatment for all ages and life stages
While many adults want to achieve a straight, natural smile through orthodontics, there are often dental health reasons too. Proper alignment reduces wear and helps keep teeth healthy and gums clean.
Many different teeth and bite conditions can be improved by orthodontics. While the easiest time to treat problems is while you are still young but have your adult teeth, you’re never too old to see an orthodontist.
Treatable orthodontic conditions
When too many teeth come through without enough space on your jaw, some teeth are pushed backwards, forwards or to the side. Crowded teeth look bad, may be tricky to clean, and are prone to decay or damage.
If you have a simple case, and suffer from over-crowded teeth, you could be eligible for ethos lite treatment.
This occurs when the top front teeth grow forwards as well as down. They are more likely to get damaged, and may also give lower front teeth a chance to grow too far up, causing damage behind the top teeth.
If you have a simple case, and suffer from protruded teeth, you could be eligible for ethos lite treatment.
An under bite happens when the lower front teeth stick out beyond the top teeth. This condition can be unattractive and has the potential to cause uneven wear on the front teeth.
When the top front teeth cover the lower teeth, you get a deep bite. It can cause too much wear on the front teeth and may also damage your gums.
If some teeth don’t meet when you close your jaws, you have an open bite. This can make eating rather difficult, causes wear on the teeth that do meet, and may even cause speech difficulties.
The top teeth should fit just outside the lower teeth, like the lid on a box. If the upper jaw is too narrow, the lower jaw may swing to one side, causing a cross bite. This can cause a wide variety of problems.
If you have a simple case, and suffer from a mild cross-bite, you could be eligible for ethos lite treatment.
Where teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment can move the remaining teeth into the correct position.
Gaps between teeth
Everybody has tiny gaps between their teeth. Problems occur when there is an excessive amount of space between teeth. Gaps between teeth look bad, may be tricky to clean, and are prone to decay or damage. Speech problems might also occur.
If you have a simple case, and would like to close gaps between your teeth, you could be eligible for ethos lite treatment.
Regular thumb sucking as a child can move teeth and the supporting bone out of their proper place. Orthodontic treatment can help resolve this issue.