Treatment

 

All our patients are treated based on individualised needs and concerns, as well as the main underlying cause of the malocclusion in order to achieve the best results with long term stability.

 

Why should you get braces?

Braces have the ability to improve a patient’s “orofacial” appearance. Through orthodontic treatment, problems like crooked or crowded teeth, deep bites, open bites, increased overjets or incorrect jaw position and disorders of the jaw joints are corrected. If left untreated, these problems can result in tooth decay, gum disease, headaches and earaches, as well as speaking, biting or chewing problems. Untreated malocclusions can also have a negative impact on a person’s self-esteem which can greatly impact your confidence.

 

How do braces work?

Braces work by applying continuous pressure over a period of time to slowly move teeth in a specific direction. The teeth move when the arch wire puts pressure on the brackets (braces) and teeth, causing the bone to remodel and change shape. This needs to be done slowly, so that the newly formed bone has time to adapt to the new position of the teeth, so that relapse can be prevented and better long term results achieved. This is why braces are worn for periods 12 to 24 months, and adjustments are only made every 4 to 6 weeks.

 

Early treatment

There is a common misconception that parents should wait until their children are 13 years old or until all the permanent teeth are present to considerorthodontic treatment. Waiting could result in more invasive, costly treatment.

The American Association of Orthodontists promotes the benefits of having children evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7. Early assessment will allow us to determine if orthodontic treatment is advisable and be able to co-ordinate the timing of treatment to achieve the greatest benefit. Early treatment, while a child is actively growing, also affords a window of opportunity to correct skeletal mismatches, shape the jaws to proper arch form, create adequate space for the natural eruption of the permanent teeth, and guide facial aesthetic development. The ultimate goal is to address orthodontic problems before they become more serious and require extensive treatment to correct.

Interceptive orthodontics can yield major aesthetic results for our young patients. It is rewarding when the results of early orthodontic care can resolve self-image concerns and boosts self-confidence. If Dr Moodley determines it is best to allow your child more time for tooth eruption and jaw growth, she suggests your child return to the office for free periodic monitoring.

 

Adolescent treatment

Orthodontic treatment for adolescents does more than create beautiful smiles. Adolescence is a time in your children’s development when they are often critical of the way they look. Orthodontics has the ability to transform personalities and enhance self-esteem. It is also a good time to start orthodontic treatment because most of the adult teeth have erupted and children are going through a growth spurt at this development stage. Girls typically benefit from starting treatment sooner than boys. Once girls start puberty, skeletal growth slows tremendously. Another benefit of undergoing orthodontic treatment during adolescence is completing it before going away to university.

 

Adult Treatment

Most adult patients are so pleased with their results following treatment, that many wish they had done it sooner. We understand these sentiments, because many adults who seek treatment have insecurities about their teeth that they have carried with them all their lives. The oral health benefits of orthodontic treatment means it is more likely that you will be able to keep your natural teeth for the rest of your life. It is a fact that you are never too old for orthodontic treatment.