FOR A STRAIGHTER SMILE
Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of dental and facial irregularities occurring as a result of:
- A bad bite or malocclusion
- Missing or extra teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Crowed teeth
- An overbite
- An underbite
- Misaligned jaw position
- A disorder of the jaw joint
Braces apply gentle forces to teeth and encourage them to move slowly to adopt a different alignment. The best orthodontic results are achieved with children when their teeth are still growing; many adults have orthodontic treatment, but the process takes much longer.
The orthodontist will assess the teeth that need to be aligned and create either a fixed or removable brace, which can be adjusted during the treatment to achieve the desired effect.
The fixed braces, as their name implies, are permanent fixtures and are removed at the end of the treatment period, whereas removable braces can be taken off for eating and cleaning but are generally worn at all other times.
Braces will improve the function of the teeth and the general appearance of the person.
Who needs orthodontic treatment?
Not everyone’s teeth are perfectly straight. In fact, many people have crooked or overcrowded teeth.
During treatment, fixed braces or a removable appliance may be worn to move teeth to their correct position in the mouth gradually.
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 the clear bracket is a great alternative, for a fraction extra cost.
- Invisalign® Clear Aligners is also an option that can help straighten your teeth.
Orthodontics in Warrnambool
In the past, orthodontics was associated with children and teens, but today many adults seek orthodontic fixes to correct long-standing problems or problems that came as they age. Your Warrnambool dentist can help people of any age achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
At what age should my child first visit for an orthodontic check-up?
Whether they’re visiting for a dental check-up or receiving orthodontic treatment, any time is an excellent time.
Why should I receive orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatments also let your teeth function better and make them easier to clean, which can improve your overall health.