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A Guide on Orthodontic Treatment

Your first visit to our dentist

Before you come to see the dentist you may have some questions you would like answered about this first visit.

Why have I been referred for your orthodontic treatment?

Your dentist would like some advice about the position of your teeth. We will advise whether you would benefit from a type of orthodontic treatment.

What is the orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment usually involves the wearing of braces (removable or fixed) often the extraction of teeth, and very occasionally jaw surgery. The latest techniques involve non-extraction of teeth using the latest dental braces.

Why might I need orthodontic treatment?

There are 3 main reasons for having orthodontic treatment:

  • To improve the appearance of the teeth.
  • To improve function i.e. to make it easier to eat.
  • To improve the health of the teeth and gums.

What will happen at my initial appointment?

It is likely the private dentist will have a look at your mouth and teeth using a small mirror and a ruler. X-rays, photographs and moulds (impressions) may also be taken. All of these measurements and records will help the private dentist decide which is the best treatment for you.

What will happen after?

There are likely to be four possible outcomes, each of which will be explained to you in plain and simple language by the dentist. These include:

  1. You are not ready for treatment, in which case you may need to see the dentist again when you are older
  2. Your dental health may not be good enough. This may be due to poor tooth brushing or decayed teeth. Your dentist may send you to us again when things have improved
  3. You do not need treatment because the position of your teeth is perfectly acceptable, or expected to be.
  4. You are ready for treatment and need to decide whether to go ahead.

What happens if I am ready to begin treatment?

We will explain:

  1. The options for treatment and which is best for you.
  2. The pros and cons of treatment.
  3. The length of time the treatment will take.
  4. The commitment needed on your part if treatment is to be successful.
  5. When you can expect the treatment to begin.

At this point you will be given the chance to ask any questions. If you would like to go ahead with the treatment, the dentist may ask for written consent forms to be signed.

When will the treatment begin?

This will depend on:

  1. How many of you adult teeth have come through. Many treatments are best left until the adult teeth have replaced the first teeth.
  2. Problems with tooth bushing or tooth decay which may have to be dealt with.
  3. The length of any waiting list for the particular orthodontic treatment you need
  4. The degree of urgency for your particular case. For example, certain types of unusual bites are best treated while you are growing fast and would be given priority. Other types of treatment may need to be delayed until growth of the face has almost stopped

Your dentist will explain the exact timing of the treatment for you.

Who will carry out the orthodontic treatment?

The dentist often carries out the treatment personally, although in some cases another member of staff may treat you. On occasions your own dentist will be asked to treat you under the guidance of our dentist. Your dentist will usually carry out any extractions that are necessary as part of the treatment.

If you have any further questions that you feel you would like to ask, then please write them down and bring them with you to your next appointment. It is important that you fully understand what is involved in having orthodontic treatment before you decide to go ahead. Please call us today for more information or to book your free consultation!

Do you still have unanswered questions? Please feel free to submit them below!

By Dr Gursh Bajwa

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