An orthodontist is a specialist concerned with the growth and development of the jaw and treatment of irregularities in order to improve facial appearance. This is a much more specialized area of work than a Dentist who manages treatment of diseases and conditions affecting the mouth, jaws and teeth and manages their supporting tissues. In the UK registration with the General Dental Council is required.
What do orthodontists do?
After the orthodontist has made an assessment, they will usually recommend a device for your child to wear in order to straighten the teeth. The devices now worn are almost invisible, where as a few years ago they were very obvious. All this has now changed, and as the device may be required for a couple of years so it is great that you can hardly see it.
While at the orthodontist a computer model is generated, so that the device is custom made for each client, and this work is very specialised.
You may have seen mail order devices claiming a ‘DIY’ approach to orthodontistry is just as effective while saving you a lot of money – however – research has shown that while the cost is lower, so is the effectiveness. You must see an orthodontist in order to get the best results.
An orthodontist will also show you or your child how to properly care for teeth, which is a habit that will stay with you for life. Orthodontist treatment is the best thing you can do for yourself, or your child – and they will thank you for it later. It is never too late to see an orthodontist, as teeth are always moving in the jaw and your bite may need realigning in your 30s.
Generally, the total time in braces or with an orthodontic device is 18-24 months, but it can take longer and as no one solution suits everyone, some people need 3 years. It is a good idea to take your child along while they are in late primary school at around 10 or 12 years and to get the treatment underway before puberty and before they become too sensitive about their appearance. The orthodontist will advise you on the best time to start the treatment.
Orthodontists in Birmingham
Birmingham is a major city in the West Midlands area of England, which was once at the centre of the Industrial Revolution, with a population of more than 1.1 million people. If you have recently moved your family to Birmingham it is a good time to take your growing children along for a consult with an orthodontist in Birmingham, as these days most children need help in order to get the perfect smile.
A recent survey showed that 75% of young people now require orthodontics in order to reduce crowding and align the bite. It is never too late to realign teeth and perfect looking teeth will give you much more confidence in your daily work and private life.