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Benefits and risks of orthodontic treatment

Orthodontic treatment is about more than just a straight smile. It can be very beneficial for your health! But choosing to start treatment is a big decision, and we want to make sure you are well informed on the benefits and risks so you can feel confident in your choice.

Orthodontic treatment benefits

Orthodontic treatment can create balance and harmony of the face and the teeth, resulting in an aesthetic smile, functional bite and the improvement of a patient's overall oral health and well-being. Some of the wonderful benefits of orthodontic treatment include:

  • Improved facial aesthetics and psychological well-being
  • Bite correction
  • Interceptive benefits
  • Improved gum health
  • Sleep Apnoea management
  • Restorative outcomes

Orthodontic treatment benefits

Orthodontic treatment risks

All treatment carries with it certain risks and limitations. Fortunately, the complications with orthodontics are infrequent and generally of minor consequence. Nevertheless, the risks must be fully understood before choosing to proceed with treatment. These risks include:

  • Demineralisation/caries
  • Damage to enamel
  • Root resorption
  • Gum damage
  • Physical trauma
  • Temporomandibular disorder (jaw issues)
  • Pulp damage
  • Ankylosis
  • Headgear injury
  • Allergies
  • Prolonged treatment
  • Treatment failure
  • Profile changes
  • Relapse

Please remember that while orthodontic emergencies and issues can arise during treatment, they are extremely rare. On the flip side, not seeking treatment may result in psychosocial or physical damage. In the vast majority of cases, the benefits of treatment far outweigh the possible risks.

Orthodontic treatment benefits

Want to learn if orthodontic treatment is right for you?

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Orthodontic treatment benefits

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