Yes, of course! I am always happy to advise anyone on orthodontics as it is not only my job, but has been a passion of mine for many years.
Why is important for me to see an orthodontist if my teeth are crooked?
First of all, crooked or crowded teeth are difficult to keep clean. And teeth that are not clean can build up with tartar and eventually cause decay and even gum disease.
Orthodontic problems can also contribute to abnormal wear on tooth surfaces, stress on gum tissue and bones or perhaps problems with jaw joints.
Most orthodontic problems will not correct themselves and will become worse with time. It is often much more cost-effective to fix the problem early than to wait until it requires serious treatment.
Your self-confidence is very much reflected by your smile. When you are comfortable with your teeth and happy to show them, your self-esteem can only benefit.
When is the best age to assess and treat orthodontic problems?
We always recommend that our young visitors come to see as early as 2 or 3 years old as we want to make them feel comfortable about seeing the dentist and make sure they develop good oral hygiene habits at a young age. As teeth grow and change, your dentist will be able to see if there are any orthodontic issues that may be emerging. Usually by age 7 any orthodontic treatment that needs to take place can be assessed and identified.
What makes an orthodontic specialist different from my regular dentist?
Orthodontic specialists are dentists. They have just further specialised in the area of the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The practice of orthodontics requires the specialist to be skilled in the design, application and control of corrective appliances, or braces, to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment in order to achieve good facial balance.
At Dr. Roze & Associates, we are all dentists who have undergone further training to specialise in specific areas of dentistry. Myself and Dr. Kleio are the orthodontic specialists at the clinic.
Is it true that braces are mostly worn by kids?
I think it is a shame that people think that they cannot have straight teeth after reaching adulthood. A beautiful smile is something everyone has the right to have. Statistically, 1 in 5 orthodontic patients is an adult and we sometimes find patients even in their 60s and 70s. You are never too told to benefit from a straight, well-aligned smile.
As an adult, what are my options for braces?
Braces today are generally much less noticeable than previous ones that our friends wore as kids. The metal bracket is bonded to each tooth rather than wrapped all around it. Ceramic braces are even less noticeable than metal braces. However, many of my adult patients have opted for Invisalign® clear aligners which are a series of clear trays that you wear over teeth throughout the stages of tooth alignment. They are easy to wear, invisible and can be removed for eating and drinking. I have had amazing results with Invisalign® clear aligners for my adult patients.
Thank you for meeting with me today Dr. Fabien. It has been a pleasure speaking with you.
Thank you very much for taking the time to talk about orthodontics. Dr. Kleio and I are always on hand to give our advice and discuss treatment options.