When most people think about orthodontics, they think about traditional metal and wire braces commonly worn by teenagers. However, at the Scottish Centre for Dentistry in Glasgow, we are keen to point out that orthodontic treatment can benefit patients of all ages. What’s more, it has several advantages on top of the most obvious one – a beautiful smile. Our orthodontist has undertaken advanced training and is a registered specialist with the General Dental Council.
Orthodontics deals with the alignment of teeth and with how the jaws meet together. The specialist orthodontist at our Glasgow dental practice can correct a huge number of issues with dental and facial irregularities, using braces or aligners.
What are the health benefits of orthodontics?
There are several additional health benefits gained from orthodontic treatment. A beautiful smile can have a huge impact on your self-confidence, improving interactions in your personal and professional life.
Orthodontics can also fix problems with alignment, making it easier for you to bite and chew food and so to enjoy a healthy diet.
Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean, as food particles can often get trapped between crooked teeth, allowing plaque bacteria to build up. It is this bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease. Because straighter teeth are easier to keep clean, regular brushing and flossing combined with regular dentist and hygienist appointments helps to prevent this.
What are the treatment options?
The specialist orthodontist at our Glasgow dental practice offers a wide range of treatment options. The best one for you will depend on the amount and type of correction needed, and on your personal preference.
Teenagers often opt for metal braces, which come with a selection of coloured wires for the ultimate personalisation. Adults and those looking for more discreet treatment may choose ceramic braces, which use tooth-coloured or clear brackets and wires.
Invisible orthodontics includes lingual braces, attached to the back of your teeth, and clear aligners, which fit over your teeth.