A Straight Smile Sets a Great Foundation For Good Looks
Our registered specialist orthodontists offer cosmetic orthodontic options for children, teenagers and adults.
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry concerned with correcting teeth positions and improving occlusion (bite) and the appearance of the jaw and facial features. In most cases, orthodontic treatment involves braces on the upper and lower teeth. Individuals with poor jaw alignment may require extra treatment in the form of either orthopaedic appliances or surgery.
Before you undergo orthodontic treatment, make sure you understand the differences between receiving treatment from a general dentist and specialist orthodontist.
At Smile Solutions you will be looked after by a registered specialist orthodontist from our team:
Our orthodontists use the latest imaging technology, such as the iTero scanner, which does away with the need for messy and uncomfortable impressions. This scanner makes taking impressions as simple as photographing the teeth with a hand-held camera. You can even view simulations of how your teeth will gradually move into place over the course of your treatment.
Questions Often Asked about Orthodontics
Can I get braces on just my top or bottom teeth?
That depends on your case. Orthodontics isn’t just about making your teeth straight or making them look better. Orthodontists take many things into consideration when recommending treatment, including:
- how the top and bottom teeth meet with each other (i.e. your bite)
- how well you can chew your food
- whether extractions or surgery will be necessary to correct bite problems.
This is why a full set of braces is sometimes needed, even if you think you require braces only on your top or bottom teeth. People who already have a good bite with minimal need for straightening may require only top or bottom braces.
What are the different types of bites called and what do they look like?
The most common types of bite problems are as shown:
When can a child begin orthodontics?
The usual time to start orthodontic treatment in the form of braces is around 11 to 14 years of age, when most permanent teeth have come through. Occasionally, early treatment for problems involving the position of the jaws is needed in children around 6 or 7 years of age. When children are 9 or 10, it may be a good idea to have an orthodontist check on the development of their permanent teeth and, if necessary, begin orthodontic treatment. Early preventative treatment can in some cases reduce or eliminate the need for braces later in life.
Can adults have orthodontics?
Most definitely. You are never too old to have orthodontic treatment. In more complex cases orthodontics are needed in combination with other specialist dental treatment to achieve the desired results. Please refer to our Complex Dentistry page for more information.
Why do I need orthodontic treatment?
As well as enabling you to have straight teeth, orthodontic treatment can also improve the health and function of your teeth. In some cases, orthodontic treatment will also enhance the health and function of the jaws and associated joints. When your teeth are in the correct position, flossing and oral hygiene tasks are also made much easier.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
This depends on the problem to be treated. It can vary from a few months to two to three years for very complex cases. Our orthodontist will be able to give you a timeframe for the completion of your treatment at your initial consultation.
What types of braces are there?
There are two types of fixed braces: those that are attached to the front of the teeth (conventional braces) or those that are attached to the back of the teeth (internal lingual braces). The braces themselves are made from materials suited to your requirements. At Melbourne’s Smile Solutions we use ceramic Empower Clear Braces and stainless steel braces.
Can braces be totally invisible?
What is Invisalign® No Braces?
The Invisalign® system is a virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and improve your smile without the need for fixed braces. A series of clear, removable aligners, instead of fixed braces, move your teeth over time. You can easily remove the clear aligners to brush your teeth and eat food as normal throughout your treatment.
What is orthodontic surgery?
Orthodontic surgery involves procedures that correct the position of the jaws and improve the way in which the upper and lower teeth fit together. Our resident oral and maxillofacial surgeons work side by side with our orthodontists to help achieve the best possible dental outcome.
What is a retainer?
Once orthodontic treatment is completed and the braces are removed, teeth must be kept stable with a retainer while the bone and gums adapt to their new alignments. Retainers can be removable or fixed, depending on your dental requirements.