Orthodontics

Crooked teeth are a common problem. Studies report that up to 70% of people could be helped by orthodontics in some way. Orthodontics helps with the appearance of your teeth as well as their function. A nice smile helps us all socially while a good bite helps prevent broken teeth, grinding of the teeth, gum disease and wear on the jaw joints (Tempromandibular joints or TMJ’s).  Please note that no Oral Experts dentist is a registered specialist.

A Quick Guide about How to Get Straight Teeth

braces-1Treatment involves applying small amounts of pressure to teeth to move them through the bone to a better position. This is achieved by the use of fixed or removable appliances which are custom designed and made for each patient. Some mild discomfort can be experienced for a short time after adjustments are made, but because of the light forces used with modern orthodontic techniques this discomfort is minimal.   

Your dentist will need to establish that no other dental problems exist that could interfere with your treatment. They will also advise you on what you need to do to care for your orthodontic appliance. While side affects are not common your dentist or the external specialist orthodontist you have been referred to, can supply you with a more comprehensive list of possible side effects and complications. This is important so that you can make an informed decision whether to proceed with orthodontic work after considering all the facts that are reasonably available.

To start the process your dentist will need to do an examination and take x-rays and models of your teeth. They will talk to you about your problems and expectations and what treatments may be available to help achieve you goals. Time frames for treatment and the costs involved need to be discussed. The role of retainers after treatment is paramount in achieving long term stability of the orthodontic work and how this will be done has to be determined.

Types of appliances used include:

Braces

braces-3This is the most efficient and accurate way of moving teeth. There are 3 parts to the system:

1) The bracket which allows the dentist to grip the tooth. These are made from metal or ceramic and are stuck onto the teeth using an adhesive.                                          

2) The wire is used to apply the force to move the teeth. Different sizes and strengths are used through the treatment. They are always made of metal.

3) Modules are very small elastic bands often used to hold the wire into the bracket. These can be clear but also come in a range of colours so you can have some decorating fun! 

Invisalign

Have you ever been self conscious about your less than perfect smile but thought you would be worse off with a mouth full of metal? Then Invisalign may be the answer for you.

Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten teeth using a series of custom-made, nearly undetectable aligners. In fact they are so subtle they have been called contact lenses for your teeth. Whether your teeth are crowded, crooked, gapped, buck or have shifted since wearing braces, Invisalign is likely to improve your smile.

Invisalign aligners are made from strong, yet very thin medical-grade plastic that makes them virtually invisible when worn. Not only are Invisalign aligners clear, they are also removable although it is recommended to wear them 22 hours a day. You take them out to eat dinner. There's no need for hours of treatment in the dental chair - just quick in and out check-ups approximately every six weeks

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THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY MAKES INVISALIGN POSSIBLE
THE FOUR STEPS TO BEAUTIFUL STRAIGHT TEETH :

invis1Upon an initial consultation, your accredited Oral Experts Group dentist decides if Invisalign is right for you. The Oral Experts Group Dentist will then write a treatment plan and take an impression of your teeth, which are submitted to Invisalign.

Using the latest advances in 3-D computer technology, Invisalign carefully translates your invis2dentists instructions into a series of precisely customized aligners. We then show you your crowded, crooked or gapped teeth on our computer and every movement needed to make your teeth straight.

You then wear each set of aligners for two to three weeks, moving your teeth gradually: invis3week by week, millimetre by millimetre--until you've achieved straighter teeth.

 

You only need to visit us every 6-8 weeks. Generally, you visit The Oral Experts Group no more than you would with braces and the length of treatment is about the same. In many invis4-1cases it takes less time than braces. Also, your teeth look great over the entire treatment course as they gradually become straighter.

 

Expansion devices

If a child has a very narrow palate, which can lead to crowding of the front teeth, and an incorrect bite, expansion devices can be used to move both teeth and bone into the correct position. These can be either removable or fixed.

appliance-2Functional appliances

To help overcome certain skeletal discrepancies removable appliances can be made which guide a person to bite in a way which guides bone development to help overcome bite problems

 
Removable Appliances

This describes a large range of devices that are used to rectify relatively simple problems with the bite or alignment of the teeth. They have several components depending on the treatment goals.

Retention Devices

These are used at the completion of treatment to maintain the position of the teeth. This is vital for long term stability of the corrected problem. Some devices are fixed and some removable, depending on the case requirements.

Full treatment can often take 18 to 24 months though some problems are fixed in a much shorter time. Discuss this with your dentist.

bracesThe cost can vary quite a lot depending on the difficulty of the case. Simpler cases can be as little as $1500 with more complex cases costing $8,000 or more. The cost and when and how payments are expected should be discussed with your dentist.

AGE AND ORTHODONTICS

There is no age limit to orthodontics. Adults can easily have the benefits of straight teeth and a better bite.

In fact orthodontics in association with a little cosmetic dentistry can often give you that movie star smile that you’ve always wanted.  

 

If you feel that your teeth could be straighter or that you would like to discuss functional issues that might apply to you speak to your dentist at your next check-up. Please ring us on 4632 6553 for more information or to make an appointment today.

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