Orthodontist Loughborough

Dentistry has come a long way. Initially, visiting your dentist was all about having your teeth checked. If everything was fine, you were good for another six months.

Over the years, the practice has also evolved with multiple fields specialising in diagnosis, prevention, and correction of dental irregularities aimed at providing you with the best possible outcome out of every dental visit. At our clinic, you can access these and other treatments that can help improve your smile and confidence.

One of our services is orthodontics; just like our dentistry practice, we make it fun, comfortable, and all about you!

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the part of dentistry responsible for correcting the position and the shape of the dental arches, ensuring you get the perfect balance in the face and greater functionality of the mouth. 

Our orthodontists will be crucial in understanding your tooth decay and helping you achieve that perfect smile. The orthodontist might also help treat jaw irregularities and issues that might lead to problems with oral health.

What about a dentist, you ask? A dentist covers a broader range of oral health issues. Besides cavities, a dentist also looks into gum disease broken and missing teeth. An orthodontist takes an extra three years of training focused only on tooth and jaw alignment.

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When to See an Orthodontist

When you first visit our clinic, you’re unsure whether you need to see a dentist or an orthodontist. But that shouldn’t be a problem. Once we look at your general dental health, if necessary, we will also offer you orthodontic services.

When working with an orthodontist in Loughborough from The Dentalist, you should expect two general stages of the orthodontic treatment:

The active phase

During this phase, the orthodontist has diagnosed the problem and will probably install braces, Invisalign, or other appliances to correct the alignment and bite.

Depending on the orthodontist’s assessment, they can create fixed or removable braces to achieve the desired effect.

This process sounds simple but involves a lot of back and forth between ourselves and the patient. Our customer-centric approach involves the patient at every step of the decision-making process. Besides recommending the best dental solutions for our clients, we also want them to be the most comfortable. Our personalised approach ensures we find the best solutions for every case.

The retention phase

In the retention phase, the patient uses a retainer to hold the teeth that have been adjusting into their new position for long-term results. The duration you need to wear your retainer braces will depend on how much your teeth need to be realigned, and we assess this for every patient.

Types of Orthodontics

Interceptive orthodontics

This type of orthodontics is frequently used in children. It consists of a system that prevents or corrects malocclusion or deviation in the growth stage.

There is a system of guides adapted to each patient. The orthodontist corrects the development of the maxillary and mandibular bones to achieve correct positioning. The orthodontist will apply these methods after detecting problems in the development of bone structures in children. It’s commonly done between ages 6-12 years.

Corrective orthodontics

As the name suggests, these are methods used to correct dental problems that have already occurred. It is designed to solve it and treat and improve the function of teeth. This treatment is applied to young people and adults.

You can achieve the functional and aesthetic balance of the bones and teeth thanks to corrective orthodontics.

We understand it’s too much for our patients to understand dental health’s requirements and nitty gritty. That’s why our friendly team ensures you have all the information you need to make informed decisions that yield the best results.

At The Dentalist, we break it down for you so you know and understand our approach, and together we can chart the best way forward for you.

At The Dentalist, we have experienced dental professionals specialising in different areas of the same practice. That way, consultations are easiest, and we even give you a free first consultation. If you need an orthodontist, you’ll get the same fantastic treatment as the dentist and the same professional and customised approach.

We offer orthodontic work in Leicester, Loughborough, and across the Midlands!

Orthodontist FAQs

Common orthodontic procedures include braces, Invisalign aligners and retainers. Generally, orthodontists concentrate on realigning your teeth for aesthetic and functional purposes.

Fillings are more within the forte of a general dentist. A dentist will also perform root canals and other restorative work. 

After assessing your dental misalignment, the orthodontist can install metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, self-litigating braces, or clear aligners. The preferred brace varies depending on the patient’s treatment preference, financial ability, and the orthodontist’s professional opinion. We will always walk you through the process.

The objective of an orthodontist is to help you achieve the perfect smile, keep food from getting trapped in your tangled teeth, and correct pronunciation or breathing defects.

If you pay your dentist regular visits, you will only need to see an orthodontist when recommended. But if you have braces or other retainers installed, you will need to see the orthodontist at least once a year or as often as they request.

On the same day, the braces are removed, and a retainer is fitted. We might take another set of X-rays or bite impressions to check how well the braces worked and how well the wisdom teeth developed. Depending on the progress, it might be necessary to continue seeing your orthodontist as recommended.

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