Orthodontics, also known as "orthodontics and dento-facial orthopaedics", is the branch of dentistry dedicated to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems in alignment of the teeth and jaws.
The technical term for a teeth and/or jaw problem is called a ‘malocclusion’, which from the Latin literally means bad bite (mal = bad; occlusion = bite).
Orthodontics can be described as "the management of developing teeth and jaws throughout the growth and development of a child, through adolescence and later adult years".
Good orthodontics uses a specialised understanding of growth and development of the teeth and jaws, and applies this knowledge to individual patients. Everyone grows at different rates and into different sizes and shapes. It is the balancing of all variables that separates great orthodontists from the rest.
At The Ortho Practice we focus on recommending treatment only when it is of maximum benefit. This is particularly true in younger patients so we can work with natural growth as much as possible. This focus is backed by a combined 30 years of clinical experience and observation, as well as a commitment to continued teaching and learning.