Why do people want treatment?

These are some of the most common reasons for a referral:

Protruding (sticking out) upper front teeth
Crooked or spaced teeth
Asymmetry
A deep bite
A reverse bite
An open bite
Impacted (stuck) teeth
To improve their smile

What are the risks?

As with all treatment there are associated risks, orthodontic treatment is no exception;

When braces are attached to your teeth it becomes more difficult to clean them.  It is important that you take sufficient time to clean your braces/teeth thoroughly.  If cleanliness is not maintained and/or if too much sugar is eaten then the teeth will start to decay.  The decay will become more visible when the braces are removed leaving permanent white/brown marks on the teeth.

During orthodontic treatment the tooth root will become slightly shorter.  Typically roots will shorten by 1mm,  this amount is of no clinical significance, in addition the longer treatment takes the more root will be lost.  It is therefore important that you attend regularly to prevent treatment time increasing unnecessarily.

During orthodontic treatment the tooth root will become slightly shorter.  Typically roots will shorten by 1mm,  this amount is of no clinical significance, in addition the longer treatment takes the more root will be lost.  It is therefore important that you attend regularly to prevent treatment time increasing unnecessarily.

When your teeth start to move they can become sensitive.  Typically the discomfort will last for 3-4 days and then subside.  Each time the brace is tightened discomfort can return, lasting a few days.  If needed painkillers should be taken, an anti-inflammatory such as aspirin or ibuprofen is best.