The names given to different branches of dentistry can be quite confusing. A dentist may also be known as a dental surgeon, they are the same person. An orthodontist is a dentist or dental surgeon who returns to a university credited by the Dental Board of Australia to successfully complete three years of postgraduate training in the area of orthodontics to gain a higher qualification – a Masters degree in Dentistry. Only dentists who have successfully completed this training may call themselves an orthodontist. They are dental specialists who then dedicate their entire practicing career to the field of orthodontics alone.
Orthodontics is one of many specialist branches of dentistry . It deals with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems related to the alignment of the teeth and jaws. Dental and facial irregularities are called malocclusions. The word malocclusion comes from two Latin words, mal meaning bad and occlusion meaning bite, so orthodontists fix “bad bites” This is a simple view of orthodontics, it is really is a culmination of their knowledge and skills and understanding of facial aesthetics to use different appliances to correct the lips and jaws and teeth to create facial harmony.
Clear aligner treatment is a technique for straightening teeth without braces. There are no bracket and wires. Instead we use a series of sequential clear removable aligners that are custom- modeled to fit your teeth and gradually reposition them. They are almost invisible and can be removed to enjoy any food or drink that you may like and make cleaning and flossing easier. There are many brands of clear aligners on the market including Spark® and Invisalign® that we use at FACE To FACE.
This is a simple one to answer- absolutely yes. There is no age limit to straightening teeth or resolving malocclusions. Of course adults need to have healthy teeth and gums and be in good general health.