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What Are Orthodontics in Harley Street for?

Dentist adjusting the searchlightPeople who have problems with the alignment of their teeth and jaws need orthodontics in Harley Street. Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry concerned with the alignment of the teeth and making sure that the jaws bite together properly.

Alignment problems can be predicted when children’s adult teeth are starting to come through. If a check-up with the dentist concerned with orthodontics in Harley Street is carried out when a child is aged about 7, one or two adult teeth will have already come through and the dentist will be able to tell if there are going to be issues with the way the rest come through. It will also be possible to see if the jaws will be able to accommodate all 32 teeth, and if they meet together properly so that the teeth meet well and can perform their function of biting and chewing with efficiency.

If there is a problem, treatment can now start earlier than in previous decades. Children now start wearing braces from around the age of 9 years old, and this means treatment can be done and dusted by the age of 12 or 13. Braces make people self-conscious and there’s no time in a person’s life when they are more crippled by self-consciousness than when they are teenagers, so if they can get their braces treatment out of the way before terrible teenage self-awareness sets in, then so much the better for all concerned. The teenager can get on with worrying about their spots and greasy hair but be secure that their smile looks wonderful. Phew!

As for the braces themselves, these days the brackets and wires can be much smaller than of old, especially if the alignment issues are not so severe and concentrated on the front teeth which only have one root each. They require less force to move than the molars, which have 3 roots.

It may even be possible for the young patient to have clear aligners, which fit on over the teeth like mouth guards and are made of such thin plastic that they pretty much become invisible when they are in place.