The exact type of treatment and appliance required to correct the problem will depend upon the information gathered from the analysis which follows the initial consultation,
when all required data has been collected (e.g. impressions of your child’s teeth).
Orthopaedics will most commonly use the following types of appliances:
These types of appliances are used during the first phase of orthopaedic treatment and are normally removable and are made of a plastic plate or metal skeleton with wires attached.
They will usually have an expanding gear in the plate, which is activated as prescribed, to encourage the growth of the jaws.
Functional appliances are used during the second phase of orthopaedic treatment if required.
They are designed to correct jaws that are growing incorrectly by working with the growth of the patient’s jaws and facial muscles.
Orthopaedics will often be combined with a final phase of orthodontic treatment and can also reduce the time required to wear fixed braces or other orthodontic appliances.
However orthopaedic therapy may eliminate the need for orthodontic appliances completely as the permanent teeth are sometimes correctly aligned.
Orthodontics is the movement and correction of the alignment of teeth to improve the appearance of your smile
and improve dental health.
The changes in the position of the teeth are normally achieved by using fixed braces. The reason for this is that removable orthopaedic appliances do not always align teeth perfectly whereas fixed braces do not correct underlying
problems within jaw structure.
Therefore, orthopaedic appliances are often combined with a course of orthodontic treatment to achieve final alignment of the teeth, once jaw problems have been corrected.
Orthodontic techniques vary greatly in how they influence jaw and facial growth. Proper jaw growth can be harmed by removing numerous teeth or by using backward forces. Proper facial growth can be aided by making space for crowded teeth with early phases of treatment (orthopaedics). You can easily see the difference between a narrow, pushed-back smile and a nice, broad, forward smile, which is what we promote at Roseneath Kids.
Fixed braces are most widely used in orthodontics, with a choice of metal or ceramic brackets. These brackets set the angle and alignment of the teeth as well as relate the upper and lower teeth to each other in the optimal functional bite.
Metal fixed braces are the most commonly used in orthodontics and are made from stainless steel, with a metal arch wire attached to the brackets by an elastic band. Colourful elastic bands can also be placed over the brackets to make them more fun for your child.
Ceramic tooth coloured braces are the most popular choice amongst our adult patients and are growing in popularity with our teenagers. They are very discreet and blend in perfectly with the natural colour of your teeth to give a great aesthetic look.