Where does an orthodontist fit into oral care?
It is important to understand what the different oral practitioners do and who is best suited to perform which treatment. The normal procedure is to visit your dentist who will carry out a comprehensive examination of your teeth and mouth. Dentists compile and maintain detailed records of our mouths and are therefore best suited to point us in the right direction if and when we require additional treatment. After completing studies dentists can elect to specialise in the same way that other doctors move into specialisms. The primary focus of our orthodontist Hampshire is to perform treatments aimed at straightening teeth. Oral surgeons specialise in those treatments that require surgical procedures. All teeth practitioners have to have completed a four year degree course which includes local anesthetics, anatomy of the mouth, periodontology and radiology. The practitioners are therefore highly qualified and trained to provide us with the best treatment possible.
More than just oral well-being for your teeth
We at Winchester Orthodontics provide treatment to correct problems linked to teeth, both the upper and lower jaws, and muscles of the face and gums. Apart from the aesthetic appearance that crooked or gaping teeth demonstrate, there are underlying health benefits that result from orthodontic treatment. Straight teeth for example will allow a patient with properly aligned teeth to bite and chew properly resulting in better digestion. A crooked jaw can cause the facial muscles to be strained resulting in pain and cosmetic imperfections Correcting the jaw will not only result in removal of the underlying pain, but also improve mental well-being as a result of the improved symmetry of the face. Because problems with your teeth can cause so many expansive problems it is important to consider this kind of treatment for more than just cosmetic motivation.
What treatments do we provide?
Typically our orthodontist Hampshire will provide treatment for an overcrowded mouth, an overbite (occasionally referred to as buck teeth), an underbite, a crossbite, an open bite, a misplaced midline and gaping, as well as jaw treatments.
How do we treat different conditions?
Over the past decades fixed treatment has been the normal path, but with modern technological advancements in oral treatments there have been introduced a variety of new and effective remedies. Braces with elastic bands, wires and a variety of other appliances were the normal course of treatment for many decades. Now with the introduction of removable aligners, space maintainers and jaw repositioning appliances, to mention but a few, coupled with technology, orthodontists Hampshire at our practice are able to provide you with the best treatments. The old adage of one size fits all or one type suits all has been replaced by customised treatment for each individual.
Cone beam CT scanning which produces a three-dimensional image has revolutionised diagnosis and treatment. No longer is it necessary for us to view murky images that were produced by X-ray. We also no longer need to view the images in two-dimensional format, now the images can be observed from a variety of angles. An orthodontist can now view a more detailed picture of the entire jaw and skull which allows for quicker procedures with more comfortable results. Technology has not stopped and exciting advances are constantly being made and some of the latest software packages allow us to provide our patients with a preview of what their smile will look like before treatment has even begun.