Orthodontics is the dental field which helps patients realign their teeth and jaws. This specialist treatment is carried out by our Orthodontic Specialist, Dr Bogdan Selejan, who will oversee your treatment to fixe crooked teeth and overcrowding in your mouth on your way to the smile you desire. Dr Selejan will discuss all the possible options to treat your smile clearly so you are fully informed before the commencement of treatment.
HappyDental Orthodontics covers the whole range of treatments available. Dr Selejan will recommend the best treatment possible for your needs which will be covered initially at your Free Consultation. Dr Selejan is a traditional Orthodontist who believes is treating patients correctly and not necessarily quickly. Whether you have complex dental needs or only require minor correction be sure you will be treated in a safe and professional manner.
Why so affordable compared to other places?
HappyDental Group is known for providing affordable dental care and orthodontics is the same enabling patients to access the dental care they require like dental implants which are also essential dental treatments. We deal directly with suppliers and work to ensure we can pass on the cost savings we attain to our patients.
We offer low fee’s when patients pay in full at the beginning of their treatment and for those who want to spread the cost out over the term of the orthodontic treatment we have an interest free monthly payment plan.
Orthodontics for Adults in Ireland
Orthodontics is no longer the kingdom of children. In fact, the British Association of Orthodontist has said that 20% of patients now are over 21 years of age. We find that more and more adults choose to have treatment as they understand the importance of keeping their and they want their appearance to mirror their health more and more.
Here are some of the most common reasons for adults considering orthodontic treatment:
- A bad bite, teeth not fitting together properly
- Overcrowding of the teeth which may be causing other dental issues
- Jaw pain or feeling pressure usually caused by crooked teeth
- Simply wanting a better smile and better oral health overall
Options for Adults
Going back to school day memories of metal braces does discourage some adults but in today’s society we find people appreciate the support they get from colleagues while having metal braces. There are options available which are comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and fully customised to your needs. Types of braces:
- Clear braces
- Ceramic braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Traditional metal braces
What are the differences between adult and children/teens orthodontics?
The initial difference is that as an adult your jawbone is fully formed while with the younger patients their bones are still developing. The other key differences are:
- Gum or bone degradation (periodontal disease) – in the case of an adult there is a higher likelihood of gum disease and bone loss than in children/teens, but we know that patients with straighter teeth are less likely to have gum disease issues.
- Missing or worn teeth – as an adult your teeth have seen more wear than a child so teeth can become worn down and may shift in the mouth which can only be corrected by orthodontic treatment. When you have a tooth missing or multiple teeth missing this can enable other teeth to shift and tilt causing a bad bite while increasing the possibility of gum disease.
- Unfinished Treatment – some adults have had orthodontic treatment as a child/teen but never completed the whole treatment process. As an adult they can then choose to complete their orthodontic treatment helping them achieve the smile they desire.
Dr Selejan understands fully that adults and children have wholly different needs which alter the level of attention and care required. He will work with you the patient to make sure you are receiving the ideal care, treatment and understanding you need during your whole treatment process.
Things to consider about why orthodontic treatment is right for you
- Straighter teeth will be healthier teeth
- A healthy bright smile will build your self confidence
- Teeth that are left untreated will only get worse over time
To become fully informed about how orthodontics will benefit you simply call us at HappyDental and book your Free Consultation. We work hard to accommodate patients timing needs and do our best to make sure your appointment is as convenient as we can make it.
Orthodontics and Teenagers
You have just been told that “Your child needs braces!”
Braces! This is going to be a chore!
In fact, it is not as bad you think it is. They are nowhere near as scary as they used to be. With all the advances in dental care you will have access to different styles, materials and colours which will make life with braces for you easier, cooler and more comfortable.
How long does it take for braces to be finished?
- Sooner rather than later – with early intervention this will allow the orthodontist to monitor the growth of the jaw which require orthodontic treatment should it be necessary.
- What teeth need fixing? – the amount of orthodontic treatment is required will determine the overall length of time for the treatment. It is all down to each individual patient’s reaction to treatment, while one patient’s teeth will take 12 months another’s for the same treatment might take 18 months.
- Finally, it is you! – as long as you listen to your orthodontist and follow the instructions using the appliances correctly this will ensure an efficient use of the treatment and contribute to the shortening of the time required.
Types of Braces you want!
Here at HappyDental our orthodontist will decide with you which is the most suitable braces for your needs:
- Metal Braces
- Ceramic Braces
- Invisible Braces
- Clear Braces
Our orthodontist is fully aware that having braces will be a big change in a patient’s life, but we can assure you that with the right braces you can still look good, feel good and more importantly improve your smile.
There is no correct age for a child to start their orthodontic treatment the Orthodontic Association suggest that from age nine onwards a visit to the orthodontist is suitable. By this age the child will have a mix of baby and adult teeth which enables the orthodontist to create a treatment plan enabling correction to avoid surgeries.
Starting treatment early with an orthodontist enables:
- Helping your child’s jaw grow more correctly and straighten incoming permanent teeth
- Help you child achieve a suitable width for their upper and lower arches
- Help create space when your child has overcrowded teeth
- Help avoid extractions in later life
- Help fix issues caused by thumb sucking
- Help improve minor speech problems
As a parent it is never easy to know what is required for your child’s orthodontic needs and that is why we offer a Free Consultation.
Some tips on what to look for in your child’s mouth which could indicate whether orthodontic treatment might be needed:
- Premature or late loss of the baby teeth
- Your child has difficulty chewing or biting food
- Your child mouth breathes
- Your child has been sucking their finger or thumb
- Your child has crowded, misplaced or blocked teeth
- Your child’s jaw makes a popping sound when opening and closing
- Your child’s teeth come together looking abnormal
- Your child’s teeth don’t come together
- Your child’s jaw does not look the correct size for their face
- Your child has crowded teeth at the front at age seven or eight
Simply contact HappyDental and book your Free Consultation with our resident orthodontist helping you r child achieve a healthy and beautiful smile for their future.
Are you worried about your child’s teeth? Do they look crooked or misaligned?
If so make a free appointment with HappyDental’s dedicated Orthodontic team – The Brace’s Brigade!
Ideally if you are worried about your child’s teeth being misaligned or visibly crooked you should wait till the child is around 7 years old which is the ideal age for an orthodontic evaluation.
The orthodontist may not begin treatment straight away but this is the ideal age to assess if there are any possible future orthodontic issues to be concerned about.
Once a child has reached 7 years of age their four permanent upper and lower teeth will have shown through. Your child’s bite is still forming at this age which enables the orthodontist to correct and influence the teeth into a more correct formation.
Should the orthodontist feel that early treatment is required the child will begin an ‘Early Ortho Treatment Plan’ phase. The idea behind ‘Early Ortho’ is to prevent severe problems from developing at a later stage in the child’s life with problems like cross bites or overcrowding of the teeth.
Orthodontic Treatment Stages for Children
Stage 1: Prevention – Interception – Modification
Stage 1 of the Early Ortho Treatment Plan will most usually begin when the child is anywhere between 7 years of age and 9 years of age. The orthodontist will be making sure the shape of the mouth will accept the upcoming permanent teeth. The problems usually encountered and eliminated in the stage is over-bites, cross bites and other jaw problems. The orthodontist has a wide range of options of appliances to manage and shape the teeth.
Now we enter what the Orthodontist refers to as the watching period. This is where the Orthodontist will see the child twice a year while the new teeth are coming through and ideally lining up in the spaces that have been prepared in Stage 1of the orthodontic treatment. There is a possibility that a retainer may be required during this period to assist the correct development of the teeth.
Stage 2: Movement – Retention
Stage 2 only begins when all 16 of the permanent teeth have come through. During Stage 1 of the orthodontic treatment the orthodontist will have created the space that is required but the new teeth may still have some alignment issues. The orthodontist will then decide what type of braces to place on the childs teeth. Stage 2 can take from 12 to 24 months and would begin when a child is around the ages of 12 to 13.