About Orthodontics > Why have Orthodontic Treatment?

People have orthodontist treatment for many reasons.

For some treatment is functional - to improve the way the teeth bite together, help improve the way a patient speaks, chews or even to make cleaning teeth easier.

For some it is purely cosmetic - the patient wants an attractive smile.

Orthodontics can enhance your dental health and your overall health, and may improve self esteem.

Orthodontic treatment is often part of a comprehensive dental health care plan. With good care, including orthodontic treatment when necessary, teeth can last a lifetime.


Some reasons people have orthodontic treatment are;

Appearance: An attractive smile can play an important role in enhancing self confidence.

Improved Cleaning: Having straight teeth makes it easier to floss and brush. Poor cleaning is a major factor in tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss

Tooth wear: It is claimed that some bad bites lead to clenching, grinding, and excessive wear and/or uneven wear of the teeth.

Gum damage: In severe malocclusions the teeth can damage the gum. For example, in cases of deep bite, the lower front teeth can bite into the gum behind the upper front teeth.

Speech: Some people have difficulty speaking properly because of alignment problems with their teeth and jaws.

Jaw problems: It is claimed that some bad bites stress the jaw joint causing damage and pain in and around the joint

*Information sourced from Australian Society of Orthodontists website - www.aso.org.au
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