Crookedness of teeth or a ‘malocclusion’ refers either to poor alignment of teeth or lack of their straightness; or it refers to a wrong bite – that is to say the way upper and lower teeth meet is not ideal. This can be caused by a number of factors such as the size or shape of the teeth; action of the muscles of the face; or the number and size of the teeth, the way teeth get stuck, or the direction they come through. Many of these factors are genetic, but there are also environmental factors such as early loss of milk or permanent teeth for various reasons.
DENTAL PROBLEMS AND OUR BESPOKE SOLUTIONS FOR YOU
We provide various options for treatment depending on your unique dental problem.
At your consultation, our specialist orthodontist will seek to understand your specific orthodontic problems, concerns, and goals. We will find out what your personal vision for your final outcome is to ensure we can create a unique plan to meet your expectations.
Here at Elite Orthodontics, we recommend that children should have an orthodontic check-up at around the age of 8.
Our specialist orthodontists on Harley Street can detect many developing problems at this age. There are often numerous benefits to having brace treatment before the coming through of all permanent teeth such as prevention of potential complex problems and making future treatment much more simple.
If left untreated, crooked teeth could lead to an improper bite, tooth wear, tooth injury and even tooth decay and gum disease. Crooked teeth can also lead to a decrease in one’s self-confidence. Treatment by our specialist orthodontists to correct the original problem is often less costly than the additional dental care required to treat more serious problems that can develop in later years.
This does not mean that all children need treatment at this age. However, it does allow your orthodontist to determine whether your child could benefit from early intervention with simple and relatively brief cost-effective treatment.
Orthodontic treatment is not only limited to children and adolescents, and many of our patients are adults. At Elite Orthodontics London we aim to give our adult patients beautiful smiles and healthy, well-functioning teeth. Having established an excellent reputation in the Harley Street area, we are fortunate that many dentists refer their adult patients to us for improvements in the arrangement of their teeth, either as the only treatment or prior to other cosmetic or restorative dentistry. This often results in much better outcomes and easier, less costly, and more effective treatment by the other dentist.
Other adult patients have had treatment in the past which didn’t work or has since relapsed. Our specialists at Elite Orthodontics, Harley Street are delighted to help these patients restore their smiles and the confidence in their appearance.
Learn why braces are used in our blog.
Orthodontic Problems FAQ’s
If you’re suffering with an orthodontic problem, it can have a huge impact on your self-esteem and how you feel about yourself – but the truth is these types of issues are incredibly common.
Here at Elite Orthodontics, we see a lot of the same types of problems, making us experts in what we do and a trusted place for patients and other dentists looking to refer their patients.
Some of the most common orthodontic problems we see include: • Underbite • Overbite • Open bite • Crossbite • Upper front teeth protrusion • To name a few
So, if you’re struggling with any of these issues, or are experiencing other types of orthodontic problems – don’t hesitate to get in touch!
We appreciate that if you need you correct your smile, you may have reservations about the lasting impact any treatment you need could have on your teeth. Common orthodontic treatments such as braces are very unlikely to cause lasting damage to your teeth, especially if you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and keep to your regular appointments.
Our specialist orthodontists will only ever suggest a treatment if we feel it absolutely necessary to improve your smile and the way you feel about yourself. We will also discuss the pros and cons of any treatment we’re considering for you.
In most cases, there’s nothing you can do to avoid needing orthodontic treatment as most issues like crooked teeth or a poor bite are inherited. However, there are some occasions where you can acquire these types of problems, including: • Where you’ve suffered a trauma (accident) • Where you have sucked your thumb or used a dummy • Where you have lost your baby teeth too soon
The important thing to note is that whether your issues are inherited or not, we can help.
No! Although it may be easier to correct a smile with braces during childhood and young adulthood, you’re never too old to benefit from orthodontic treatments such as the kind we offer here at Elite Orthodontics.
If your teeth have been holding you back for many years, please do get in touch with our friendly team. We’d love to help!