Portland Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth, to improve the appearance of the teeth and how they work. It can also help to look after the long-term health of your teeth, gums and jaw joints, by spreading the biting pressure over all your teeth.
Why should I have orthodontic treatment?
For those with crowded or crooked teeth, Orthodontic treatment will properly position and straighten your teeth to give you a beautiful smile. Proper teeth alignment will improve your overall bite, in addition to improving your teeth’s appearance. Out-of-place teeth can look unsightly and create issues regarding possible damage to your teeth. In addition, when your teeth don’t touch together properly, your jaw suffers due to muscle strain. This can result in joint and jaw issues (as well as give you potential headaches). Orthodontic treatment can resolve and relieve all these issues.
At what age should I have orthodontic treatment?
During childhood is optimal, typically. However, adults may still have orthodontic treatment. While receiving treatment is best during childhood, there’s no wrong time to get braces to improve your teeth alignment.
Who carries out my treatment?
Your orthodontist, Dr. Bedont, will carry out your orthodontic treatment.
What does it involve?
First and foremost, a full examination is required. This typically includes taking dental x-rays of your teeth, and making plaster models of your teeth. Beyond the examination, Dr. Bedont and his team will discuss what treatments fit your particular case. Once you’re ready to begin treatment, Dr. Bedont and his team will carry out your treatment once you’ve received all your permanent teeth.
In the case you don’t have enough room in your mouth for all your permanent teeth, it’s possible you may need to have some permanent teeth taken out to free up the space needed (there may be alternate methods to make space in your mouth that don’t include the removal of your teeth). Dr. Bedont will inform you of this case if required.
How is the treatment carried out?
There are a variety of appliances that may be used in your orthodontic treatment, that most refer to as ‘braces’. How long your treatment takes is decided on an individual basis. Depending on how severe your individual case is, it could take anywhere between a few months to a few years. Most cases tend to see anywhere between 1-2 years.
Once your braces treatment is completed and your teeth have been fully aligned, the next step is the retention period. Your teeth need to be held in their position after the removal of braces, so during this next step, you will wear appliances that hold your teeth in place, called ‘retainers’.
Retainers hold your fully aligned and straightened teeth in their fixed position while the bone and gum surrounding your teeth finishes settling. Retainers are completely removable and can be fixed.
Will the treatment work?
Rate of success is highly dependent on the cooperation and commitment you show in your treatment, as Dr. Bedont’s patient. It’s crucial you follow any instructions you’ve been provided by Dr. Bedont, and make it to the scheduled appointments.
Consistently following all instructions accordingly will result in a successful treatment.
Can orthodontic treatment damage my teeth?
If you do not look after your teeth during treatment, they can be damaged. Orthodontic appliances (braces, retainers, etc) will not cause damage to your teeth, but lack of hygiene and too much sugar will result in permanent damage. The brackets and wires of your braces can easily trap food in them and cause more plaque build-up to arise. Due to this, efficiently and consistently cleaning your teeth and appliance is mandatory.
It's important to note that even beyond the retention period, it’s common for minor shifts in your teeth throughout life to occur. While no absolute permanent guarantee can be given, it’s uncommon for teeth to alter enough to require additional treatment.
How do I get started with my treatment?
The first step in getting started is contacting Dr. Bedont and his team at Rockwood Orthodontics, and discussing what can be done. Dr. Bedont will inform you if treatment is required, and will make necessary arrangements.