Dental consultation and check up
When teeth are not in a straight line (malocclusion) it might be because of:
- Early loss of milk teeth
- Teeth that are larger in dimension in relation to the size of the jaw bones (crowding) and vice versa (spacing)
- Genetic factors in development of the facial skeleton
- Habits like tongue thrusting and digit (thumb) sucking.
To realign the teeth the dentist will recommend treatment with braces (orthodontic treatment). This will be done after an initial assessment of the problem usually with x rays and study casts made from records (impressions) of the patient’s mouth as well as pictures and dental examination.
Ask the dentist about the latest advance in orthodontic treatments called CLEAR PATH orthodontics that involves wearing pre fabricated trays to align the teeth.
Treatment with braces usually lasts between 8 months and 2years (or even more) depending on the nature of the problem being corrected. After this period you will also need to wear a retainer for about six months to ensure that the results are maintained.
During treatment you will need regular reviews and adjustments on the braces to achieve the desired alignment.