Whether your dentist has suggested you may benefit from orthodontics, or you feel that your smile has room for improvement, White Smile Dental has an orthodontic solution for you.
The first step you need to take is to make an appointment with a dentist or specialist orthodontist for a consultation.
Common Orthodontic Problems
The following is a list of common problems which can be treated with the use of orthodontics.
An overbite is where the upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth more than 5mm. It is the most common orthodontic problem in children.
An underbite is a condition where the lower jaw extends out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth. Underbites tend to worsen over time, so should be treated as early as possible.
An openbite occurs when some of the upper and lower front teeth do not touch so, even when biting down, the inside of the mouth is visible. Openbites are usually genetic but can also be caused by habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.
In a crossbite, the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth
Crowding is the result of teeth erupting too close together, causing an abnormal bite and crooked teeth. Teeth will often have to be removed to aid treatment, although with expansion tooth extraction can be avoided.
Spacing may be caused by missing teeth, which could be genetic or acquired through trauma, decay or disease. It may also just be a cosmetic issue.
Upper Front Teeth Protrusion
This is where the upper jaw and teeth extend too far forward over the lower jaw and teeth. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to breakage and uneven wear and can lead to pain and/or arthritis in the jaw joint.
Dental Midlines Not Matching
Dental midlines that do not match are evident when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately. This may have a negative impact on proper jaw and dental function.
Types of Braces
These days there is a wide variety of braces available, from the traditional metal to clear aligners such as Invisalign. See below for a brief description of some of the options available.
Conventional metal braces are the most widely used. They are made of high-grade stainless steel, sometimes in combination with titanium. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.
Damon braces were invented by Dr Dwight Damon. The Damon bracket uses sliding-door technology known as ‘self-litigation’ that allows the wire to slide back and forth within the bracket.
Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten teeth without braces. Using the latest technology, a series of custom-made, clear trays (aligners) are produced. Each aligner moves teeth incrementally and is worn for a period of two to three weeks.
An Example Of Diagnostic Orthodontic X Rays:
How old do I need to be to plan an orthodontic appointment?
An effective evaluation of a patient’s orthodontic condition should be possible by the age of seven, as by this age most permanent teeth will have erupted.
Will my teeth straighten out naturally?
Unfortunately they will not. The space available for teeth does not expand, and after molars erupt, the space available for front teeth actually tends to decrease over time.
What will happen at the initial examination appointment?
We will take photos and/or X-rays and then carry out an oral examination. Both the images and the exam will form the basis for the orthodontic treatment plan.
What will I learn from the initial examination?
You should be given answers regarding:
– Whether there is an orthodontic problem, and if so, what it is
– Treatment recommended to fix the problem
– Whether any teeth need to be removed
– An approximate length of treatment
– An idea of how much treatment will cost
Will I need to have teeth removed to get braces?
Not everyone needs to have teeth removed, but in some cases it is required to give the best possible orthodontic result.
How long will it take to complete my treatment?
The time frame for a person to wear braces tends to be between 12 and 30 months, with an average of 22 months. Of course, this will vary depending on each individual case.
How much will my orthodontic treatment cost?
This will vary depending on your particular case and all variables involved in making sure you end up with the best possible results. We offer up to 24 months interest free finance with Q Card for treatments more than $300, so this may help to ease the cost.
How often will I need to have my braces checked?
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every five to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
Does having braces hurt?
You may experience sore teeth after some visits and in these cases use of a general pain medication may be advised to ease the pain. But as a general rule, braces do not hurt and some patients don’t feel any soreness at all.
Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?
Yes. There is no reason to miss school because of an orthodontic appointment.
Will I still be able to play sports?
You can continue to play sports as usual, but the use of a mouth guard is recommended.
Should I still have regular dental check ups while I have braces?
You should definitely continue to have regular check ups with a dentist while in braces. Your dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.
Will I have to avoid any foods while I have braces?
Unfortunately there will be some foods, such as ice, raw vegetables and sticky foods that you will need to avoid. This is to ensure that your braces are not damaged. A list of instructions, including foods to avoid, will be given to you once your treatment has begun.
Do I need to brush my teeth while in braces?
It is important to keep your braces clean, so you will need to brush your teeth after every meal and before going to bed. Your dentist will demonstrate the best way to brush and floss your teeth with braces.
Can you get orthodontic treatment if you still have baby teeth?
This will vary on a case-by-case basis, but it is possible to begin orthodontic treatment in some patients who still have baby teeth. This tends to be the case for those with more serious orthodontic problems.
I’m an adult – is it too late for me to get braces?
Absolutely not, you are never too old to have orthodontic treatment! In fact, around 25% of orthodontic patients are adults.
Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?
Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.