Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that is concerned with the proper growth of the teeth, jaws and face to enable harmonious alignment of the teeth. The British Orthodontic Society that regulates orthodontists says, “Any dentist can carry out orthodontics. The General Dental Council (GDC) regulate dentists and it states that any dentist can work in any area of dentistry, as long as they feel competent (able) to do so. However, orthodontics is a very specific area of expertise and only those registered on the orthodontic specialist list with the GDC can call themselves a specialist orthodontist.”
An orthodontist is a dentist who has received additional training within the field of orthodontics. In order to be registered as an orthodontist, a dentist will have spent an additional 3 years studying orthodontics after originally qualifying as a dentist. They will have had to pass the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) examination of the Royal College of Surgeons. Orthodontic treatments can range from simple braces to realign just your front teeth to complex treatments that may require surgery to correct problems. In many cases, your own dentist may refer you to an orthodontist such as one at Park Orthodontics in Glasgow.
Who can be treated by an orthodontist?
Ideally, beginning orthodontic treatment around the age of 12 or 13 while you are still growing, will allow you to enjoy straight teeth and good oral health throughout the rest of your life. Unfortunately, many of us did not benefit from having our teeth straightened when we were younger. This does not mean that we have to continue to live with crooked teeth for the rest of our lives. You may be surprised to know that orthodontics can be used in conjunction with treatments such as bridges and other tooth restorations. In these circumstances, teeth may have moved from their original position after the loss of teeth and need to be moved back before a bridge or dental implant can be fitted.
There are now a wide ranged of modern orthodontic treatments available that are especially suited to adults. Due to the differences between the needs of adults and children, adult orthodontic treatments are often completed in a much shorter time than traditional methods.