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Why do orthodontists train for so long?

When you visit the orthodontist in Hampshire at Winchester Orthodontics, you are in the hands of a highly skilled professional who is trained in the art of realigning the teeth. An orthodontist has to get a regular dental degree which takes five years. They then need to have extra training on top of this to become an orthodontist. Even after they are qualified, they need to keep up with this ever-developing field of dentistry so that they can offer patients like you the latest techniques and care.

What makes orthodontics complicated?

All the systems of the body have relationships with each other. The same is true on a smaller scale as well, like in the mouth. No tooth exists in isolation and what you do to one can have a knock-on effect on the other teeth, the gums, nerves and so on. Problems with the teeth can also have an effect on the jaw, neck and even upper back muscles so your orthodontist in Hampshire at Winchester Orthodontics needs to know about these areas as well.

There is a lot going on beneath the surface in your mouth. Your teeth are just the visible part. The root of your tooth is implanted deep in your gum and has nerve connections to the brain as well as to pain receptors. This means that any work has to be done carefully and with consideration for all of these connections.

The orthodontist in action

The orthodontist in Hampshire creates a unique treatment plan for each patient. For more complex issues, the work needs to be done in stages. The first stages might just prepare the line of the teeth for realignment. In some cases, this might mean extracting a tooth to make room but there are lots of modern techniques that allow orthodontists to create space without doing this so it is only suggested when absolutely necessary.

The behaviour of the teeth is reasonably predictable once the orthodontist has studied the available data. This means they are able to talk to you about timescales for treatment, sensations you might feel and what your smile will look like at the end of your treatment.


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