Straighten Your Teeth

Teeth Alignment

Aligners are an innovation in dentistry to help straighten teeth and improve facial features.

Treatment (Braces)

Reasons for orthodontic treatment (braces) adults & children:

Breathing or swallowing problems – Mouth breathing can lead to snoring and sleep apnoea.

Crossbite – One or more upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth (towards the tongue).

Treatment (No Braces)

The benefits of orthodontic treatment often go beyond the obvious physical changes of an improved bite and straighter teeth; it’s also a great way to improve a person’s overall self-image and enjoyment of life

What is Orthodontics?

The Australian Dental Association recommends that children get an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7. Though orthodontic treatment can be done at any age, timely treatment ensures maximum dental health.

What is Malocclusion?

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry specialising in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of jaw, face and bite irregularities (malocclusions). Orthodontic treatment is provided by an oral health care provider known as an Orthodontist, who has typically completed two to three years of additional training beyond dental school.

Who can benefit from Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a special branch of dental therapy associated with diagnosis and treatment of deformities related to the teeth, face and jaws. Individuals trained to correct these problems are called orthodontists.

Orthodontic Treatment (Braces)

Reasons for orthodontic treatment (braces) adults & children:

Breathing or swallowing problems – Mouth breathing can lead to snoring and sleep apnoea.

Crossbite – One or more upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth (towards the tongue).

Orthodontic Treatment Phases

Orthodontic treatment involves three phases:

  • Planning Phase
  • Active Phase
  • Retention Phase

Braces for Children

According to the Australian Society of Orthodontics, children’s teeth should be assessed by an orthodontist at the time the adult teeth begin to appear, around the age of 6 to 7 years. By this age, your child’s teeth have developed enough to where subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth can be assessed and treated early.

Braces for Adults

Orthodontic braces are generally prescribed during childhood between 9-14 years of age to change the positioning of teeth. Many adults also can also have problems such as crowded teeth, misalignment and crooked teeth. These issues can affect your confidence and the cosmetic appeal of your smile and even lead to various dental concerns such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Do Braces Hurt?

Generally, braces do not hurt at all when they are applied to the teeth. You may experience mild discomfort or soreness after the orthodontic wire is secured into the brackets, which may last for a few days.

Care Following Orthodontics – Retainers

Retainers function to prevent movement of teeth and are fitted after braces are removed. Retainers are of two types: fixed and removable.

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