If you have crooked teeth or abnormal bite, your dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth. Apart from a beautiful smile, orthodontic treatment help you have a healthier mouth.
Crowded or crooked teeth are difficult to clean and maintain. This may contribute to conditions that cause tooth decay, gum disease and eventual tooth loss. These problems can be avoided by straightening the teeth through orthodontic treatment. There are different ways to straighten your teeth. The kind of orthodontic treatment you have will depend on your commitment, preference and severity of the problem.
Orthodontic treatment may be provided by your dentist or a specialist orthodontist. Depending on their orthodontic experience and severity of your problem, your dentist may refer you to a specilaist orthodontist. If you are receiving treatment by an orthodontist, you still need to keep seeing your dentist for regular check-ups.
You can read more about orthodontists and orthodontic treatment from the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists (NZAO).