Orthodontic Treatment options in melbourne
If you’ve decided to have orthodontic treatment, you’ll know what an important step you’re taking towards improving the look of your teeth. And if you’re already wearing your braces, no doubt you’re looking forward to the day they come off – to reveal your new smile! But the benefits of orthodontic treatment go way beyond looks.
Our Melbourne orthodontic treatment options include:
WHAT IS ORTHODONTICS?
Orthodontics is a specialised field of dentistry that corrects jaw function and improperly aligned teeth. It is used to correct issues such as:
- Crowding and Spacing of Teeth
- Overbites, Under bites and Cross bites
- Misplaced midline
WHY DO I NEED ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?
People of all ages, choose to undergo orthodontic treatment primarily for cosmetic reasons, but what the dentist is looking at is the proper alignment of your teeth and jawline.
Crooked or crowded teeth may cause uneven wear of tooth surfaces or jaw problems that may lead to complications later in life. An incorrectly aligned bite and jaw can also lead to TMJ syndrome, often resulting in headaches, neck and shoulder pain.
They can also be difficult to clean properly, which makes them prone to tooth decay and gum disease. When your teeth are in the correct position, flossing and oral hygiene tasks are made much easier.
So, while you’re wearing braces, remember that the success of your treatment is affected by how well you care for your teeth and gums. Good oral care at home involves effectively removing plaque from your teeth, gums and braces every day. Not only will it keep your treatment time on course, but it will also contribute to the continued health of your teeth and gums.
BRACES ORTHODONTIC OPTIONS
There are alternatives to what type of braces can be placed onto your teeth.
- The traditional metal brackets are still commonly used as they are the most effective in moving teeth.
- For those people who want their orthodontics less obvious, then clear brackets is a great alternative, for a fraction extra cost.
- Invisalign Clear Aligners or ClearConnect are also options that can help straighten your teeth without being as obvious as traditional metal braces.
For more information on the types of braces, visit our Braces page.
WHEN CAN A CHILD BEGIN ORTHODONTICS?
It is most common for children from around eight years to early adolescence to start investigating orthodontic treatment.
We have children of all ages visit our Hygiene Department for regular check ups so they are screened from a young age to monitor the development of their permanent teeth. Early preventative treatment can in some cases reduce or eliminate the need for braces later in life.
To see more see about the Kids Orthodontics.
WHAT ARE GUMMY SMILES AND PEG LATERALS?
Not all Orthodontic treatment includes braces treatment, we also treat Orthodontic issues such as:
GUMMY SMILE – a condition where excessive amounts of gum tissue covers teeth
PEG LATERALS – a condition where teeth either side of the front teeth do not develop properly
Straight Teeth without Surgery
Sometimes surgery, including teeth removal is coupled with braces treatment to assist in achieving optimal oral health and orthodontic outcomes. However, we have successfully treated many patients without the use of surgery who have come to us for a second opinion after being told orthognathic surgery was compulsory in order to correct their orthodontic problems. Surgery is sometimes an option, but not always necessary. We are able to provide a non-surgical solution in many cases.
This patient below was told previously that surgery was the only option to correct their orthodontic problems. Their FirstBite orthodontic treatment proceeded without orthognathic surgery.
Metal Braces or Clear Braces?
This is a process that will need to be reviewed and discussed with your FirstBite Dental Dentist. To give you a visual insight into the experience, view examples of orthodontics in the Orthodontics Gallery.