An orthodontist is a specialist who first trained to become a dentist, and then has gone on to complete another 3 years of university training purely in the specialty of orthodontics. An orthodontist is registered as both a dentist and specialist orthodontist, but orthodontists do not do any general dentistry (such as check-ups, fillings, root canals or crowns). Orthodontists do only orthodontics – all day, every day. That is why they are the most qualified to help you with issues related to the alignment of the teeth and bite.
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No you do not! If you think there are any issues in the alignment of your teeth, bite or jaws, you can book an appointment with us directly. We’d be happy to listen to your concerns, make a full assessment and give you an honest opinion. For a free comprehensive assessment call us today or book an appointment online.
Before you start your orthodontic journey, we ask all our clients to see their dentist for a check-up and a clean. It is important that your teeth and gums are healthy before you begin your treatment, so that your teeth will move well and you avoid any problems or surprises along the way.
This depends on your concerns about your teeth, and whether they can be addressed by doing just top or bottom treatment. We also have to consider whether partial treatment would leave you with a comfortable and stable bite. Our orthodontist will assess whether doing only top or bottom treatment is a suitable option for your individual circumstances at your initial consultation.
In almost every case, the answer is yes. Teeth with crowns can move just as well as other teeth, and orthodontic treatment can resolve many issues related to missing teeth.
For most people, their complex medical conditions do not preclude them from undergoing orthodontic treatment. In some instances, orthodontic treatment can be coordinated with your other medical needs, and we are always happy to work with your medical team to achieve your goals. To discuss your personal circumstances and how we can help you, contact us today.
After straightening the teeth, the teeth maintain a ‘memory’ of where they used to be, and there is a tendency for them to want to relapse back to that position. Retainers are used to support the teeth in their new position and to maintain your beautiful new smile. Over time, as the teeth become more stable, retainers are needed less and less.
At Waverley Orthodontics we routinely use thin wires that are discreetly glued behind the front teeth, as well as thin clear removable retainers and stronger wire plates.
Not all these retainers are needed after every type of treatment. So the types of retainers that you will need after treatment will always be discussed with you at your first visit.