If you or your child have crooked teeth or have a smile that you do not like, you need to see an orthodontist.
Based on the information gathered from diagnostic tools that include a medical and dental health history, a clinical exam and special X-rays and photographs, the orthodontist can decide in consultation with you whether orthodontics is recommended and develop a treatment plan that’s right for you. An orthodontic treatment programme will be designed for your specific needs.
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Orthodontic Treatment Options
Please click on the links below for more information about treatment options available at Northland Orthodontics.
- Do I Need Orthodontic Treatment?
- Who should I trust with my treatment?
- When should my child be first seen by an orthodontist?
- How does treatment work?
- What types of braces can I choose from?
- Why do teeth become crooked?
- What is Orthodontics?
- The most common questions and misconceptions about braces
Orthodontics is an excellent way to achieve a healthy, happy smile but we at Northland Orthodontics have growing concern at reports of patients dissatisfaction with the results of treatments used by some cosmetic dentists to straighten teeth. Many of these treatments are offered by dentists inexperienced in providing orthodontic treatment and claim to give a beautiful smile in six months or less – much faster than comprehensive treatment.
Things to Consider When Choosing an Orthodontist
The orthodontists at Northland Orthodontics are fully qualified specialists who have carried out at least three years further training in orthodontics after becoming a qualified dentist. If you are considering having your own or your child’s teeth straightened, we would like to share the following advice to help ensure you get the best experience possible:
- Consider all the Options: An orthodontist will discuss all the possible types of appliances that can be used to correct the alignment of the teeth. You should be weary if you are only offered one option or one type of appliance.
- Check qualifications: Some dentists have had as little as three hours training in straightening procedures so it’s advisable to ask the dentist how much training they have in orthodontics and with the types of braces being suggested.
- Don’t expect a quick fix: While it is often possible to simply straighten the front teeth in six months, this is not always the long-term solution that is needed. To get a good result it is important to get the teeth fully corrected, biting correctly and in harmony with the jaws and lips.
- Ask about the stability of the treatment result: Straightening only the front teeth often does not create a good bite and therefore the treatment may be unstable and could lead to bigger problems down the track . Ask your orthodontist for advice you can trust.
Remember … If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!