The value of a beautiful smile should never be underestimated. Your smile is one of the most important reflections of your individual personality. It allows you to assert emotions of happiness and joy. It communicates affection and expresses your cheerful feelings.
 
Unfortunately there are many people who, because of cracked teeth or misaligned jaws, face a lifetime of feeling unattractive, suppressing the natural urge to smile.
 
Through orthodontic treatment, these same people can quite easily assume a life of self confidence.
 
What is orthodontics?
 
The branch of dentistry that specialises in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.
 
Why is orthodontic treatment important?
 
Prominent and unsightly teeth can cause considerable personal embarrassment and affect a person’s personality and self-esteem. Crowded or crooked teeth are also difficult to clean and maintain. This may contribute to conditions that cause tooth decay, gum disease and eventual tooth loss.
 
How is treatment accomplished?
 
Simple problems are treated with removable ‘plates’. The more complex malocclusions are always treated with fixed appliances or ‘braces’. In the more severe cases a combination of orthodontics and jaw surgery is often required.
 
When to start, and length of treatment
 
Treatment can be started the moment a child’s teeth start coming through, but it is more often deferred until the permanent teeth are in place and the jaws more fully developed. Late teenagers, even adults, can still have orthodontic treatment, so it’s never too late.
 
What will it cost?
 
Because of the length of time and the number of visits involved, orthodontic treatment can seem expensive. You are assured, however, that your orthodontist will give you maximum value for your money.
Inside a tooth is a fine space called the root canal. The root canal contains the dental pulp which consists of nerves and blood vessels. If the dental pulp becomes diseased or dies, a toothache or an abscess may occur. In the past these problem teeth were extracted but now your dentist can offer you root canal treatment to care for these teeth.
 
Content Acknowledgement:  NZDA : For more info:  The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA)