As a Liverpool orthodontist, it is a wonderful experience to see a patient who previously was too embarrassed to smile beaming from ear to ear. Getting that reaction is the culmination of years of training and honing a precious skill. The smile though is the result of various processes from examination to dental procedures which can sometimes be complex.

Why would a patient need orthodontic treatment?

The primary aim of orthodontic treatment is to improve the bite of a patient and, to achieve this, the teeth and jaw need to be properly aligned. If the teeth are straight with even spacing and the jaw is aligned so that the upper and lower teeth mesh well, a patient can chew and speak properly. Sometimes, conditions are hereditary and a misaligned jaw is often one of those conditions. Gaps between teeth in an overcrowded mouth can lead to all sorts of future complications and this is another ailment that can be treated by orthodontics.

The latest technological advancements in orthodontics have resulted in improving patients’ chewing, speaking and overall facial symmetry. Also, painful and clicking jaws can now be easily corrected.

How are these conditions corrected

Liverpool orthodontist will firstly conduct a thorough oral examination and take detailed photos of the patient’s face and smile. X-rays of all the teeth, a 3D scan of the inside of the mouth and moulds of the teeth and a full 360-degree X-ray of the face and head is required. The information obtained from the examination and tests will allow for a detailed assessment of what conditions prevail, allowing the right treatment to be determined.

Treating children and adults

Adults are becoming more and more aware of their faces and any imperfections are quickly highlighted encouraging them to seek help. The aesthetic results are essential but more important to the dental practitioner is the practical result. A patient must leave with not only a smile to be proud of but a set of well-functioning teeth. Teeth mechanically break down food so that the stomach can properly and effectively digest it. Using a variety of appliances such as braces and aligners, it is possible to attend to most of the more common conditions. Sometimes, surgery is necessary to correct more complex ailments and infections.

Treating children and adults

Introducing children to a dental surgery at a very young age is strongly encouraged by the dental community to allow them to be more comfortable when they come in for a routine checkup. The other reason is the early diagnosis of conditions before they develop into major problems later on. For many years, teeth straightening was regarded as something that had to be done when a child’s teeth and jaw were still developing, but this is no longer the case. Modern-day orthodontics can treat many adults with new, less conspicuous braces and aligners. The latest products make it easier and more comfortable to eat and maintain a regular brushing regime and thus they have become more acceptable to adults to correct their dental imperfections.