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How Orthodontics Goes Beyond Straightening Teeth

For those of you unfamiliar with the work of an orthodontist, let us explain. An orthodontist is a qualified specialist who has firstly trained as a dentist and then undertaken further study to practice in this specialised branch of dentistry. Orthodontics focuses on the moving of the teeth. People of all ages seek orthodontic treatment to improve the appearance of their smile but it is not just about straightening teeth.

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The Need for Straighter Teeth

The Need for Straighter Teeth

Over time our diets have changed. No longer do we need to chew as much of the harder, more solid foods of our ancestors, which is why our airways and jaws have evolved to become smaller. As a result of this, our teeth are now struggling to fit into our mouths and it is more common for people to have crooked, crowded teeth.

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Helping you breathe more easily

Helping you breathe more easily

The fact that our jaws and airways are now smaller means that it can also be more difficult to breathe properly. For example, we may breathe through our mouths, snore or find that when we sleep our tongues sit on our teeth rather than the roof of the mouth.

Crooked teeth can also play their part in breathing and the shapes of our faces, which is why orthodontic treatment is so important, particularly in younger patients, as it can help to create a more balanced face which allows for better breathing, as well as a straighter smile.

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Creating confidence

If your teeth are misaligned or obviously protrude, it may make you less inclined to smile amongst company or put yourself forward for public facing roles. Even if the problems are not that noticeable to others, the fact that you are aware of the situation can make you more self-conscious. Orthodontic treatment can not only straighten your smile, but it can also give you more confidence to speak and smile with ease.

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Making the most of mealtimes

Making the most of mealtimes

As anyone with crooked, crowded or misaligned teeth will know, eating can sometimes be difficult. When the teeth don’t meet in your mouth at the place they are supposed to, or you are left with big gaps, food can become stuck and chewing can be uncomfortable. By undergoing orthodontic treatment to correct overcrowding or crooked teeth, you will not only have a more aesthetically pleasing smile, but you should be able to eat the foods you enjoy.

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Northenden House

Northenden House

At Northenden House Orthodontics, we specialise in a wide range of orthodontics from invisible braces for adults seeking discreet treatment, to orthognathic treatment which combines orthodontics with facial surgery to correct severe jaw discrepancies.

Our treatments are available to patients in Manchester and the surrounding areas and with over 40 years’ experience, we are confident in providing top quality orthodontic care.

For more information on our treatments and prices please call 0161 9982622 or click here to make an enquiry.