At West Ryde Dental Clinic, we believe Orthodontics is more than just about straight teeth.
Your teeth are attached to your jaw bone which are consequently connected to your skull. Hence every movement of your teeth affects your skull.
Other structures we must be aware of are your child’s’ airways, Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ), and muscles. If these structures are not considered, orthodontics can compromise breathing, sleeping, jaw function, and lead to pain.
When Do You Need Orthodontic Treatment
Signs and symptoms suggesting an orthodontic consult is required can include:
- Crooked teeth
- Mouth breathing
- Bruxism/teeth grinding
- Temporomandibular joint pain/clicking
- Dry mouth
- Enlarged tonsils
- Chronic bed-wetting
Types of Orthodontic Braces
Removable braces – this type of brace consists of plastic plates and wires. You can easily take these braces out of your mouth each time you eat or clean your teeth. Patients with minor to moderate orthodontic problems are ideal candidates for removable braces. Removable braces and appliances can include:
- Removable space maintainers
- Removable retainers
- Jaw repositioning appliances
- Palatal retainers
Fixed braces – also known as traditional braces, are composed of metal wires and brackets. Fixed braces exert pressure onto your teeth to move them into their proper position. Fixed braces are suitable for patients with moderate to major bite issues. Types of fixed braces include:
- Metal braces
- Special fixed appliances
- Fixed space maintainers
What Does An Orthodontic Treatment Involve?
Consultation – this stage includes:
- Initial appointment, which can take 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on your case
- Taking snapshots of your lower and upper teeth using digital X-rays
- Evaluation of your bite
- Addressing any concerns you may have, as well as discussion of the benefits of the treatments and alternatives, limitations, and possible risks
After the planning and consultation stage, the dentist will begin designing and applying braces or fabricating custom-made braces.
Active stage – this stage involves visiting your dentist on a regular basis in order to monitor the progress of the treatment or do wire adjustments to ensure the success of the treatment.
Retention stage – once the treatment is completed, the braces or appliances will be removed and a new appliance (retainer) will be attached to your teeth. The appliance, which is often removable, helps maintain the improvements and changes made to your teeth.
Orthodontic treatments are not only designed to straighten your teeth and offer you a symmetrical smile, but they can also give you an attractive smile, improve the health of your jaw, teeth, and even your overall health.
FREE Orthodontic Consultation at West Ryde Dental Clinic
We aim to maximise jaw development and airways to ensure that not only are we able to achieve the most aesthetic result possible, but improve breathing /sleeping and everyday functioning.
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