Orthodontic treatment, offered at our dental clinic in Perth, is a specialized procedure aimed at aligning teeth for both aesthetic and functional enhancements, such as bite correction. Employing various tools like classic metal braces or the more discreet clear aligners, our orthodontists meticulously guide teeth into their optimal position over a specified duration. Beyond just teeth alignment, we also tackle issues stemming from a misaligned jaw. Teeth that are aligned correctly are simpler to maintain and clean, minimizing the risk of plaque accumulation which can trigger gum diseases and cavities. With this holistic approach to treatment, patients can look forward to a radiant smile complemented by elevated oral health.
Orthodontic problems come in various forms and can compromise your smile, each necessitating a unique approach to correction.
An overbite is when the upper front teeth significantly overlap the lower ones, often due to habits like thumb sucking.
Underbite is a condition where the lower front teeth are further forward than the upper front teeth, often due to the lower jaw being too far forward. It can lead to chewing and speaking issues and disrupt the normal function and appearance of the teeth.
Crossbite is a condition where some upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth instead of on the outside. This misalignment can affect a single tooth or several teeth.
Open bite refers to the situation where the upper and lower front teeth do not touch when the mouth is closed, creating a visible gap. This condition can cause speech or eating difficulties.
Crowded teeth occur when there isn’t enough space in the jaw for all the teeth to fit normally, leading to crooked teeth.
Gaps between teeth occur when there is excessive space in the jaw. This condition can happen naturally or be due to smaller teeth, missing teeth, or habits like thumb-sucking. These gaps can be aesthetically unpleasing for some and may even lead to oral health issues if food gets trapped in these spaces.
Each of these orthodontic problems has a unique set of challenges, but with modern orthodontic treatments, they can all be effectively managed to create a healthy smile.
The best age to start orthodontics for teeth straightening is usually during the teenage years when most permanent teeth (adult teeth) have erupted, and the jaw is still growing. During this time, dental braces can be highly effective in correcting issues with the teeth bite, preventing uneven wear of the teeth, and creating a beautiful smile.
It’s important to note that orthodontic treatment isn’t confined to the teenage years. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic consultation around seven. It is because the dentist or orthodontist can identify potential issues with jaw growth and emerging teeth even while baby teeth are still present.
Orthodontic appliances come in various types, each designed to straighten crooked teeth and improve oral health by placing constant pressure on the teeth. While metal braces are the most common treatment option, the noticeable appearance of these braces has led to the development and popularity of alternative treatment options.
Traditional metal braces consist of metal brackets and arch-wires that are fixed onto each tooth. A thin metal wire connecting these brackets is tightened regularly, applying consistent pressure on the teeth. This mechanism gradually guides the teeth into the right position.
Additionally, coloured elastics (rubber bands) are often used with these braces to add a fun element and encourage younger patients to engage with their treatment.
While metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment, they are also the most noticeable, which can concern some patients. Nevertheless, their high effectiveness in teeth straightening, even in complex cases, makes them a reliable choice for orthodontic treatment.
Ceramic braces function much like traditional braces but use clear brackets made of ceramic, making them less noticeable. Ceramic braces can apply gentle pressure to straighten teeth effectively, but they may require more careful cleaning and can be more expensive than metal braces.
Lingual braces are attached to the back side of the teeth, making them nearly invisible when you smile. This offers the cosmetic advantage of being hidden. However, lingual braces present some challenges. They can be more difficult to clean, may cause initial discomfort, and typically cost more. Additionally, due to their placement, lingual braces may affect speech initially, though this usually improves with practice.
Clear aligners, also known as invisible braces, are custom-made, thin clear plastic aligners that fit over your teeth. The main difference between these custom-made thin plastic trays and regular braces is their near invisibility and the fact that they can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing.
Ideal for those with slightly crooked teeth or minor orthodontic cases, clear aligners are a popular teeth straightening option for adults due to their discrete nature. It’s necessary to visit your orthodontist regularly to ensure their effectiveness. However, unlike teeth braces, they may not be suitable for more severe orthodontic dental issues and require disciplined use to be effective.
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