What to expect
- Will I get my braces today?
- Will I have to have an injection?
- Are they going to drill/ pull my teeth?
None of the above!
Is orthodontics the right step?
Ideally it is recommended that a child first sees the orthodontist at 7-8 years of age.
Do you notice any of these early warning signs in your son/daughter?
- Early/late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing and or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Thumb or finger sucking
- Crowded or crooked front teeth
- Protruding chin or receding chin
- Speech problems
- Lower front teeth biting into the roof of the mouth (deep bite)
- Protruding front teeth
- Teeth that do not meet (open bite)
- Grinding of teeth
- Asymmetry of the face
- Unwillingness to smile
Usually, orthodontic treatment is done once all the permanent teeth have appeared in the mouth.
Occasionally, however, earlier intervention is called for. This is called Early Treatment or Stage 1 treatment. Stage I treatment usually takes 6-12 months.
Early treatment is used to:
- Guide the erupting permanent teeth into better positions
- Minimize or eliminate the need for removing permanent teeth later
- Manage crowding or excess space between teeth
- Align the front teeth to reduce the risk of protruding teeth being damaged by trauma
- Correct habits such as thumb and/or finger sucking
- Improve minor speech problems
- Enhance appearance and boost confidence
Final orthodontic treatment is done during the early teenage years when the baby teeth have all been replaced by adult teeth. Treatment time can vary between 12 and 36 months, depending on the severity of the problem.
You may be surprised to learn that one in five orthodontic patients is an adult.
There is no age limit when it comes to orthodontic treatment, as long as the supporting structures (the gums and bone around the teeth) are healthy. Many of the problems you may have noticed in your mouth are most probably due to not having had orthodontic treatment as a teenager. These may include crowded teeth, abnormal tooth wear, tooth decay in difficult to clean areas, swollen and bleeding gums, headaches and painful jaw joints. Your smile may look ‘sunken in’ due to narrowing of your dental arches. This has an unfortunate ageing effect.
By correcting the position and bite of your teeth, you can stop these negative effects on your teeth and gums, prevent substantial future periodontal and restorative work and gain a healthy, beautiful smile and lots of self confidence!
If you think that other people will notice that you are wearing braces (not many actually do!) there are various cosmetic options to choose from. Your orthodontist will advise you on which will be suitable for your needs and treatment requirements.
We can offer tooth coloured (ceramic) braces, braces behind the teeth or even transparent removable aligners. The modern ‘low friction’ braces allow beautiful results with enhanced comfort and shorter treatment time.
New computer based technology such as custom made braces using 3D scanning and robotics allows the orthodontists to individualize your treatment with braces that are designed especially for you. This personalized approach to orthodontic treatment is now available to you through our practice.
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Because adults are no longer growing, some imbalances of the jaws (large overbites or underbites) are treated with a combination of braces and surgery. The surgery is performed by a Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeon, in collaboration with your orthodontist. In some cases your orthodontist will also work closely with a Periodontist (who looks after the gums and supporting bone) as well as a Prosthodontist (restores damaged/worn teeth) in planning your comprehensive treatment.
Call us for a consultation appointment. We can’t wait to start the process to the ‘New You’!