What braces or orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry dealing with the problems in the alignment of the teeth and jaw. Orthodontic treatment can be done to improve function and the aesthetics of your teeth.
Braces are the most common way of straightening your teeth. They create nice smiles, as well as contributing greatly to good oral health.
Who should consider?
Anyone who wants to have straight teeth, a better smile, or improved function should consider orthodontic treatment.
We also recommend an initial orthodontic assessment around the age of 6 years old, and regular check-ups thereafter as part of general dental examinations.
This allows us to identify any potential teeth or jaw problems early, and in many cases prevent them from getting worse. There is no limit on what age a person can receive braces.
Orthodontic treatment will improve your smile and function. People may need braces for any number of reasons including:
- Crooked teeth
- Overlapping teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Bite Related Issues such as cross bite, open bite and deep bite
What is involved in braces?
At South Gippsland Dental Clinic we have the facilities to perform comprehensive orthodontic exams including special x-rays for orthodontic procedures.
We create your individual orthodontic treatment plan by carefully studying the information collected during the exam.
Depending on your situation, orthodontic treatment can take from 3 to 30 months. It also involves regular visits every 2 to 8 weeks.
In most cases your braces are made up of metal brackets, wires and bands which are what most people are familiar with. There are also alternative less visible options such as Invisalign®.
After the braces are removed, it’s very important that the new position of the teeth is retained. We do this by taking moulds of your new alignment of teeth, and we fabricate an individualised retainer for you to wear each day.