Orthopedics is considered the first step along the path of orthodontics. Mainly focused on children whose teeth, jaw structure, and facial growth are still developing, orthopedics aim to straighten or align the teeth. Typically involving short-term therapies like retainers or other removable devices, orthopedics may actually preclude the need for future orthodontic treatment. Orthopedic treatments have proven to work in both cases of genetic and environmental malocclusion (crowded/crooked teeth) and can help children to avoid potentially damaging behaviors - like mouth breathing - before they become a habit or start to negatively affect other areas of your child’s life.
Should further treatment be necessary, you’ll move into the realm of orthodontics. Orthodontics works by gradually aligning the teeth using braces that have been bonded to the teeth. Different from orthopedics which are typically removable, orthodontics like braces may remain in place for months or years.
The appearance of dental braces has become a thing of the past with new developments in orthodontic technology. Available at our practice in Bolton, Invisalign is a new solution for misalignment of teeth. It offers a more discreet look than conventional metal aligners.
Invisalign performs the same task as metal braces in straightening out teeth. These devices differ in their composition, made from a lightweight plastic which is custom-fitted to your mouth using 3D scanning for an accurate fit. This impression is created using the latest technology by your dentist right here at our Bolton family dentist practice. Scans are performed periodically to create new aligners as your teeth straighten out.
Click here to book an appointment for Invisalign at your local Bolton dentist practice.