Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects irregularities of the teeth and jaws. Treatment involves using a variety of appliances to move teeth to a better position by applying gentle forces.
As well as enhancing the appearance of teeth, there are a number of other benefits to receiving orthodontic treatment. It can improve eating and speaking ability, as well as encouraging better oral hygiene as teeth become easier to clean in their straighter position.
Braces are also used as a pre-treatment to restorative dentistry where tilted and rotated teeth can be re-aligned prior to the placement of dental implants or bridges.
Braces can be used to successfully to treat a range of issues from crooked, crowded, overly spaced and twisted teeth to more serious malocclusions (upper and lower teeth not biting together properly) and misalignments.
More complex treatments are carried out at our Specialist Orthodontic Practice, Orthoclinique which is also located in Hitchin.
Caring for braces
It is important to keep your teeth and braces clean during orthodontic treatment. Use interdental brushes to get to all those tricky to reach places, particularly around the brackets. Also disclosing tablets can reveal leftover dental plaque, which you can then remove with your toothbrush. It’s a good idea to steer clear of sticky, chewy and sugary treats to reduce the risk of tooth decay.
After any type of orthodontic treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to keep your newly straightened teeth in line.
The story doesn’t end at Hitchin Dental Care. We have a dedicated orthodontic practice on Bancroft that goes above and beyond when it comes to getting that perfect straight smile.
Meet our orthodontist team at Orthoclinique.
At Hitchin Dental Care, we offer four types of orthodontic treatment:
Clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten teeth.
A fast-method of straightening the front teeth with spring-loaded bars.
Six month smiles
Clear, fixed braces that can straighten teeth in a matter of months.
Innovative fixed brace system that moves the teeth and roots together.