Learn all about orthodontics in Colchester

Orthodontics in Colchester is a field of dentistry that specifically focuses on improving the alignment of your teeth and improving your bite. There could be a variety of reasons you may be considering orthodontics in Colchester, but be rest assured that at The Dental Studio, we can ensure your teeth become perfectly aligned using our wide selection of treatment options. orthodontics-in-colchester

What issues can orthodontics treat?

Orthodontics in Colchester can target a number of dental issues, which can otherwise have a negative impact on your oral health and sometimes even your self-esteem. The alignment of your teeth and your bite can sometimes increase your risk of developing a number or oral health issues such as cavities, tooth erosion or even gum disease. Fortunately, orthodontics can treat dental issues such as teeth that are crowded, crooked or rotated, teeth that have large gaps between each other, overbites, underbites and crossbites, and teeth that are either partially or fully trapped inside your jawbone.

The benefit of orthodontics is that most people can benefit from having the treatments done; provided you do not have any serious dental health issues such as gum disease or widespread tooth decay, we are certain there is an orthodontic treatment available for you to benefit from. While you may be seeking orthodontic treatments for cosmetic purposes, as they significantly improve the appearance of your teeth, you will also find that they improve the overall health and functioning of your teeth.

What types of orthodontic treatments are available?

At our practice, we offer an array of orthodontic treatments to help align your teeth and make them look as appealing as possible.

The most common form of orthodontic treatment we offer are traditional metal braces; the primary function of braces is to apply gentle pressure to your teeth to slowly shift them into your desired position. We find they are mostly popular amongst teenagers, as the treatment usually takes a year to complete and sometimes longer depending on the severity of your teeth.

An alternative to traditional metal braces that has become increasingly popular, are clear aligners more commonly known as Invisalign. Invisalign aligners provide you with a more subtle look whilst continuing to align your teeth the way metal braces would do; this is a popular option amongst adults who have either delayed getting their teeth straightened in their childhood, or people who work in professional fields of work and do not want their braces to appear too apparent. Contrary to traditional metal braces, Invisalign is removable as a custom-made set of aligners are made for each patient for them to wear through different stages of their alignment journey.

Retainers are an orthodontic treatment that follows after your braces or Invisalign treatment is complete; it is essential to continue wearing retainers to ensure your teeth remain in their new aligned position as your teeth are always at risk of moving after the treatment ends. The number of hours you are expected to wear your retainers is subject to each individual and can be confirmed by your orthodontist, however there is no need to worry as similarly to Invisalign aligners, retainers are transparent therefore not obvious to other people. It is important to clean your retainers thoroughly to prevent the development of poor oral hygiene or dental issues such as cavities.