Orthodontics is a specialist form of dentistry focused on correcting the position of crooked teeth, the alignment of the jaws and improving the fit of the teeth usually with braces or other aligning tools.
There is no question that having a great smile gives self-confidence, but orthodontics is so much more than a cosmetic dental treatment.
Long term health benefits of orthodontic work include:
Improved biting and chewing
Reduced tooth wear
Improved ability to clean your teeth
Better oral hygiene
Self-esteem and confidence
By combining art, science, cutting edge technology and years of experience DST will help you enjoy the benefits of straight teeth and a healthier, more attractive smile.
The team at DST take the time to customise and develop a personalised treatment plan designed to ensure you end up with the smile you have always dreamed about, no matter what your age.
Common Orthodontic Conditions
The mouth and jaw is a very complex part of the human body. The specialty of orthodontics treats a number of conditions that can occur with the mechanics of your mouth, which can impact on your future health and wellbeing, as well as psychological health as a result of a lack of confidence and self-esteem.
Dental crowding means there isn’t enough space for the teeth to be properly aligned within the row of teeth. This can be because the teeth are too big or the tooth row the teeth need to fit into is too small
Impacted is just another word for “stuck”…most people have heard of impacted wisdom teeth which simply means that the wisdom tooth is unable to erupt into the correct position because it doesn’t have enough space. Sometimes the tooth can’t erupt into the mouth because it has grown in the wrong direction and ends up in the wrong place. The most common example in orthodontics are impacted canine teeth , which try to erupt onto the palate
In laymens terms is the opposite of an overbite and generally refers to the bottom front teeth biting in front of the top front teeth. It can result from the lower jaw being disproportionately large, the upper jaw being disproportionately small , the top front teeth being tipped back , the lower front teeth being tipped forward. Most commonly it is a combination of a number of these factors.
Occur when the upper front teeth protrude out of the mouth either through the angulation of the upper front teeth, a large and protrusive upper jaw or a smaller lower jaw which is set back. In this case the upper front teeth are more at risk of being damaged as they are not as well protected by the lips.
Generally the upper teeth bite slightly outside the bottom teeth. A cross-bite at the front of the mouth is commonly called an underbite and is frequently quite negatively perceived. In the posterior part of the mouth, a cross-bite is where the upper teeth bite partly to completely inside the bottom teeth. A part cross-bite should be corrected to allow the biting load along the tooth to be correctly distributed.
Open bite is when there is a vertical gap between the upper and lower front teeth. This can occur through habits such as thumb or digit habits, trauma causing damage to the teeth and preventing them from erupting properly, or there may be a difference in size and growth direction between the upper and lower jaw. An open bite may not pose any penalty and may not need to be treated. It can create problems socially not being able to incise food as your front teeth don’t meet together.
Varies in intensity and the effect it has on developing jaws and teeth. In its most severe form, a significant open bite can be created, as well as changes in the width of the upper jaw and direction of jaw growth.
There is some confusion in the use of terms here as what patients generally refer to as an overbite is actually an increased horizontal overlap between the top and bottom front teeth.. This can occur when there is a difference in size between the upper and lower jaw, or it may occur when the teeth have been tipped forward in the upper row and/or back in the lower row.