Orthodontics for Children
At this early age of 7-8 years for girls and 8-9 years for boys, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. This intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Common problems which can be detected and managed in children include:
- Cross or reverse bites
- Protrusive top teeth
- Thumb or finger sucking
- Management of space from the early extraction of baby teeth
- Impacted teeth
- Extra teeth
What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for unerupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with braces
Why should malocclusions be treated?
According to studies by the Australian Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:
- Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
- Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
- Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
- Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.
Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier individual!
Orthodontics for teens
The ideal time for orthodontic treatment for braces is in the teenage years. Once all the adult teeth have erupted (usually by the age of 12), patients can commence treatment with braces. Our orthodontist utilises the facial growth that is still occurring in the teenage years to achieve beautiful smiles and functional bites.
Another reason why this is a good age to commence orthodontic treatment that it is likely that a patient will have friends and classmates also undergoing treatment at the same time. This makes the experience easier as they go through it together.
We can assess and advise you on the most suitable method and best timing of treatment, based on our many years of experience in treating many thousands of cases.
Orthodontics for adults
It is never too late to get your teeth fixed. A beautiful smile can often leave a positive impression. Adult orthodontics is a great investment that may lead to a better physical outlook and a boost in self-esteem.
Our specialist orthodontist will assess and help you choose the type of aesthetic treatment option that is suitable for your needs.
Metal braces are the most popular with children and teenagers. Different coloured modules can be placed and changed at each adjustment appointment.
Translucent clear braces, which are much more discreet, are the most popular with adults and some teenagers. These braces are made of materials that blend with the natural tooth colour, so that they are harder to see.
Lingual braces are attached to the inside of the teeth and are sometimes requested by patients because they cannot be seen.
However, lingual braces are more difficult to manage than conventional braces and, although they are growing in popularity, few Australian orthodontists choose to use them.
Suresmile uses 3D technology so that our orthodontist can simulate your treatment on the computer before you come in for your adjustment visits. Each tooth is prescribed the exact movement required so that custom wires can be individually manufactured for your treatment. These wires are bent with modern robots so that accuracy is guaranteed.
Suresmile treatment is faster than traditional braces, as tooth movement is precise and controlled. Multiple simultaneous movements are also possible, further reducing treatment time.
We are one of the few practices in Australia to utilise this state of the art technology.
Your Invisalign treatment consists of a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that you change every two weeks. Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth, and your teeth only. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position prescribed by your orthodontist.
What’s more, a virtual 3D treatment plan (ClinCheck®) shows the series of movements your teeth will go through over the course of the treatment. This allows you to see upfront what your teeth are expected to look like at the end of the treatment. From the results of the ClinCheck, your custom-made, clear aligners are produced especially for you.
If you’re ready for a smile that transforms your appearance, Invisalign is your answer. Although there are many choices out there, no other treatment works as comfortably as Invisalign.
Invisalign is the best way to transform your smile without interfering with your day-to-day life.
A rapid maxillary expansion appliance (RMEA), also known as a rapid palatal expander, is used to widen the narrow upper jaw so that the upper and lower teeth will fit together better. The use of an expander is most common in children. We often use brackets (braces) on the upper front teeth in conjunction with the RMEA to correct minor crowding problems.
The Quad helix is an appliance designed also to widen your jaws to create room for alignment of your crowded teeth. It is attached to your molars by two bands and has four active helix springs that widen the arch of your mouth
Some people have an upper jaw that is narrow when compared to their lower jaw. This can result in a less than ideal bite and in some cases the lower jaw has to be swung to one side in order to produce better contact of the teeth.
It is possible and easy to widen the upper jaw while it is developing. This is a painless process. At a young age the upper jaw doesn’t have bone between it as some natural growth in this area occurs. As the jaw is expanded new bone grows within the widened area and the upper jaw remains permanently wider.
A removable appliance is a small orthodontic plate worn to correct early developing problems. It achieves the necessary tooth movement required by tipping teeth using springs, wires and expansion screws that push the teeth into their correct position.
The Orthodontist uses this appliance to guide your natural growth process. The appliance is generally worn all the time until otherwise directed.
There is generally a period, with some slight discomfort, as you start to get used to your plate, but after a day or two it will become part of you. Speech will be affected for a few days but will quickly return to normal.
A Twin Block consists of an upper and lower plate. When the teeth are brought together, the lower jaw is forced forward into a more ideal position. The muscles act on the teeth and jaws via the plates to correct the bite.
One of the most common reason why people seek orthodontic treatment is because their teeth are crowded. Very few people have naturally ‘perfect’ tooth alignment. When there is insufficient room for the normal complement of adult teeth, the imbalance may be due to many factors. In deciding when and how best to treat, we fully assess our records, growth potential and identify the factors that may have caused such imbalance.