Q.What is orthodontics?
- Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry concerned with the growth of the teeth, jaws and face.
- Orthodontists monitor this growth and intervene with braces to improve both the aesthetics and function of the teeth and jaws.
- The result is a beautiful healthy smile.
Q.Why am I here?
Your dentist has asked us to see you for some specialist orthodontic advice about your jaws and teeth.
Q.Some reasons for the referral to an orthodontist.
- My front teeth stick out.
- My teeth are crowded or "wonky".
- I have some missing teeth or teeth that won't come through my gum.
- My teeth don't fit together properly.
- My top teeth don't line up with my bottom teeth.
Q.What will happen at my first visit?
- We will introduce ourselves and explain your visit today.
- An orthodontist will examine your jaws and teeth, usually with two small mirrors and a ruler.
- We may need to take photographs, x-rays and moulds (impressions) of your teeth.
- You will have an IOTN score done (index of orthodontic treatment need). This will help to determine if you need treatment and if you are eligible for NHS treatment.
- We will explain the problems with your teeth and how we can help. This may involve braces and/or extractions.
Q.What will happen next?
- You may not be ready for treatment so we will arrange to see you again when you have grown some more teeth.
- Your dental health may not be good enough for braces. This is usually due to poor tooth brushing or untreated tooth decay.
- You may not need treatment or have a low IOTN score where you are not eligible for NHS treatment.
- You are ready for treatment and eligible. Do you want braces?