Irregular teeth look unsightly and are more difficult to clean. In-standing teeth may quickly stain and the spaces between crowded teeth may discolour or allow food to pack during eating. Crowding of teeth tends to get worse as we get older. Even people who have had braces in the past can find their teeth crowd again later if they haven’t been using retainers. Full orthodontics involves moving all the teeth, top and bottom into their ideal positions. This complex treatment should always be carried out by a specialist orthodontist. Similarly, a specialist orthodontist should always be selected for the treatment of children under the age of 18.
Many adults are only interested in straightening the teeth that show at the front of the mouth to improve their appearance. For these people ‘rapid’ orthodontics may be appropriate. This type of treatment is usually completed in about 12 months and can dramatically improve the smile but do not change the position of the back teeth and do not result in the degree of perfection that can be accomplished with specialist-provided full orthodontics.
At Avenue Road Dental Practice we use the following methods of rapid orthodontics: