We work alongside a range of dental and cosmetic specialists in order to achieve the ideal results for you. A good bite makes it easier for you to chew, function and speak. Teeth that are misaligned are harder to clean and can cause abnormal wearing of precious tooth enamel which can lead to extensive and invasive dental procedures. It promotes health of the gums that will benefit you and help achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that’s good for life.
Orthodontics and surgery
As an adult, the face is no longer growing and therefore we cannot manipulate the teeth and jaws the same way we can in growing children. Just as orthodontics repositions teeth, surgical orthodontics (also known as orthognathic surgery) corrects jaw irregularities in adults who have completed their growth and helps improve the ability to chew, speak, breathe and can enhance facial aesthetics. In other words, surgical orthodontics aligns your jaw(s) and allows the orthodontist to straighten the teeth in the ideal position and create the perfect smile.
The orthodontic treatment usually comes before surgery. The purpose is of this is to align the teeth so that they fit correctly after surgery is performed. This period usually lasts six-nine months but may vary depending on each patient’s biology. After the surgery there will be a short phase where we continue your orthodontic treatment to bring the teeth into their final optimal positions for good function and an amazing smile. We believe it is an ‘investment’ into long-term health that will last a lifetime.
Obstructive sleep apnoea
Many factors affect your ability to have a restful sleep with Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) being the most common sleep-related breathing disorder that is increasingly recognised and diagnosed. Common symptoms include snoring, restlessness and repeated episodes of waking throughout the night. Without a good night’s rest and constricted airways we feel constantly tired and lethargic which leads to the inability to concentrate and function throughout the day.
You may not even know that you have OSA as it is a chronic condition with multiple factors that influence the severity and symptoms for each individual and may have been present for years without knowing. There is growing evidence that if left untreated OSA can lead to a range of adverse cardiovascular health issues, weight gain and impaired quality of life and social life.
There are many treatments that can help improve OSA – to find out more book a free consultation where we can guide you through the best options for you or your child to allow you to get that good night’s sleep!