Orthodontists specialise in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. They look for problems including spacing, crowding, crooked or misaligned teeth which are all called malocclusions. We have many experienced Orthodontists in our team who are committed to providing the very best orthodontic care to all our patients.

An orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists first qualify as dentists after completing a five year undergraduate program at an accredited dental school. After this they are required to undertake additional post-graduate training for 3-5 years in orthodontics. This advanced training includes diverse subjects such as genetics, embryology, human growth/facial anatomy, child development/psychology and the principles of biomechanical engineering. These highly trained professionals are then registered as specialists in orthodontics on a list held at the General Dental Council.

“Malocclusion” is a technical term for crooked, crowded, spaced or misaligned teeth which do not fit properly. Literally, the word means “bad bite.”

Malocclusions can be inherited and can manifest as:
  • Crowded or spaced teeth
  • Extra or missing teeth
  • Cleft lip/palate
  • A myriad of jaw or facial abnormalities
Malocclusions can also be acquired or caused by known factors such as:
  • Thumb sucking
  • Tongue thrusting
  • Dental disease
  • Premature loss of primary teeth
  • Accidents and injuries
  • Some medical problems

A malocclusion can exist without immediate or painful symptoms and a lot of people tend to adapt to the improper relationship between the jaws and the teeth to such an extent that it might be considered to be normal. The unfortunate truth is that these orthodontic problems can become worse, if left undetected and untreated. Braces and other orthodontic procedures can be used to correct malocclusions, subsequently producing a harmonious relationship between the teeth and the jaws leaving us to enjoy a healthy and attractive smile.

Children and adults should visit the orthodontist for a specialised analysis of the teeth, bite and jaws because orthodontists can help prevent, diagnose and treat these irregularities.

Note from the specialist:

It is important to realise that even if you or your child don’t have symptoms, a specialist orthodontic check-up might be helpful to correct undetected problems which may become worse over time.