13 13 96

Level 1,
Manchester Unity Building, 220 Collins St, Melbourne

Smile Solutions®

Children’s Braces and Invisalign

Children’s braces and Invisalign with a registered specialist orthodontist at Smile Solutions.

Conventional and Clear Braces

Orthodontic appliances have come a long way. As well as traditional metal (stainless steel) braces, clear or ceramic (porcelain) braces are available; these match the surrounding tooth colour, are more aesthetically pleasing and are virtually invisible from 2 to 3 metres away.

Both traditional and clear braces work in the same way: a series of brackets with a wire arch running through the slots of the bracket are attached to the surface of each tooth, and when the wire is tensioned these slowly guide the teeth into position.

At Smile Solutions we use Empower braces, in both stainless steel and porcelain. Empower usually eliminates the need for elastic or metal module “ties” to hold the wire in place. This makes them discreet, comfortable and easy to keep clean. Eliminating elastic ties can reduce the amount of plaque that is usually attracted to the braces, making it easier to maintain dental hygiene during orthodontic treatment and resulting in fresher breath.

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Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen is the almost invisible alternative to braces for young people. With Invisalign, teeth are gradually moved into place by means of custom-made clear aligners that are changed every two to three weeks until the teeth are in the desired position.

Teenagers being treated with Invisalign can remove the aligners to eat, brush their teeth, and play sport or a musical instrument, or even for a special occasion. Aligners simply need to be worn for the prescribed 22 hours per day to be effective within the treatment time prescribed by your orthodontist.

At Smile Solutions your child’s treatment will be carried out by one of our registered specialist orthodontists, not a general dentist. Call 13 13 96 to book a consultation to better understand your child’s needs and treatment options available.

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Before & Afters

Space Maintainers

When a primary tooth is lost prematurely (usually due to decay), adjacent teeth may drift into the space and leave insufficient room for proper alignment of the developing permanent teeth. Our specialist paediatric dentist and specialist orthodontists will advise you as to whether a space-maintaining device is necessary. Space maintainers can be fixed or removable, depending on the individual case.

Dental Crowding and Early Intervention to Avoid Extractions

If dental crowding is noted in a young child, removable orthopaedic plates can be utilised from the age of six to eight years. To expand the arches or maintain premolar spaces and avoid the need for later extractions, orthodontic braces may follow. Early intervention is usually achieved with simple removable appliances, but treatment is often continued until all the teeth have erupted. Fixed braces are then used to complete the alignment.

Snoring and Low Tongue Position Problems

Childhood snoring is a possible sign of partial airway obstruction and is a potentially serious problem that can affect a child’s daytime mood, educational development and facial development. Occasionally, the problem is due to narrowness of the upper jaw. Early expansion may help to improve nasal airflow and restore normal sleeping patterns. We work in conjunction with ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialists and a children’s sleep specialist to provide orthodontic care for children with snoring problems.

Orthodontic Treatment of Jaw Growth Problems in Children

In some children, a growth imbalance between the top and bottom jaws (the maxilla and the mandible) makes it impossible to bite correctly. This is often an inherited problem. To compensate, expansion of either jaw and promoting forward growth can be useful. Recent studies have indicated that early intervention, when the child is aged six to eight, can be advantageous. Smile Solutions’ specialist orthodontists work in conjunction with our oral & maxillofacial surgeons – Dr Patrishia Bordbar and Dr Ricky Kumar – in the effective dental management of children with jaw problems who may also require orthognathic surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

The cost of your orthodontic treatment will be determined after a consultation with an orthodontist. The average cost for conventional braces starts at $7,400 for both arches. Invisalign First is pre-orthodontic treatment that starts at $4,700, while full Invisalign Teen starts at $8,400.Treatment complexity and subsequent costs can vary greatly among individuals, so please call us to arrange a consultation.

It is normal to experience slight discomfort when braces are first fitted or Invisalign is applied. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. Feeling discomfort during any orthodontic treatment is a good sign as it indicates that your teeth are moving into their new positions.

The discomfort typically dissipates after a couple of days as the wearer becomes accustomed to the new tension or aligners. Over-the-counter pain management can also help, if required.