Braces Treatment in the Blue Mountains
Orthodontics are also known as braces. If you’re looking to find an orthodontist in the Blue Mountains, we’re here to help you with information for your braces research. Braces are devices used by dental professionals to straighten crooked teeth, fix overbite, or correct any misalignment such as buck teeth. The aim is to adjust the bite and create beautiful straight teeth by repositioning them. By applying continuous pressure, each tooth is moved to the desired location. At each visit to Grand Dental, we gradually adjust your braces with incremental pressure to move teeth effectively into a uniform shape.
Orthodontics work on correcting the position of teeth, improve bad bites, monitor jaw alignment, and facial growth for dental and facial irregularities. Successful orthodontic treatment results in better oral health care since straighter teeth are easier to brush and floss.
What kinds of braces are there?
There are four main types of braces – metal, ceramic, lingual braces, and clear aligners (brands such as Invisalign or Clear Correct).
Metal braces are made up of metal brackets and wires. Some even have heat-activated archwires that can use your body heat to move teeth faster and with less pain. Metal braces are the most efficient and affordable. More about metal braces.
Ceramic braces are the same shape and size as traditional metal braces. They come in tooth-colored brackets, tooth-coloured wires, and clear brackets that camouflage with teeth to make them less noticeable. Ceramic braces are recommended for patients who prefer a fast result with a more discreet appearance. More about Ceramic braces.
Lingual braces are placed on “the inside” of the teeth, which means they are not visible externally. They are more uncomfortable than other kinds of braces, and adjustments take longer than other braces. More about lingual braces.
Invisalign (clear aligners)
Invisalign clear aligners have many benefits for straightening teeth despite not being suitable for everyone since some patients may require specialist orthodontic treatment. Patients can also keep eating their favorite foods while being able to clean their teeth as usual. Invisalign are more comfortable than other types of braces, and they are also removable. More about Invisalign.
At Grand Dental, we provide early interceptive orthodontics/orthopaedics treatment for children, and fixed braces for teenagers and adults. We practice the philosophy of extracting teeth to suit individual faces and not to create space. This approach means teeth extraction is done when it will benefit each facial profile, helping you achieve a harmonious overall balance. We achieve this by establishing ideal positions of your teeth and jaws through our various treatment options.
During your orthodontic consultation, Dr. Max will screen for abnormal breathing behaviour, constricted airways, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Dr. Max will examine the presence of enlarged adenoids or tonsils and mouth breathing. Then Dr. Max prepares your individualised orthodontic care treatment plan, so all your needs are met adequately.
Dr. Max is both a trained general dentist and has additional studies in orthodontist care. Dr Max has completed further studies with Dr. Derek Mahony, a specialist orthodontist, as part of a 2-year Mini-Residency program training in Orthodontics and Orthopaedics (EODO).
If you’re looking to find an orthodontist in the Blue Mountains, we’re here to help. Please call us on (02) 4742 1004 to discuss treatment options for a healthy, beautiful smile. It’s easy to book an appointment online.
The first visit for braces is a consultation to assess what your main concerns are. A full set of records are taken including: radiographs, photographs and study models. The records are used to construct a personalised treatment plan to address your orthodontic concerns. As there are many different ways of practicing orthodontics, and at least three different options would be discussed and provided to you.
Putting braces on is not painful. There is a mild discomfort for the first few days after the braces have been placed. Most of the discomfort is from the pressure of force applied to move the teeth. We generally recommend you to a soft diet for the first week. Orthodontic wax is also available to prevent initial scratching of inside the mouth from the braces and wires.
Orthodontic adjustments are made at 6-8 week intervals where we may change the wires and ask you to wear elastics to a certain pattern.
If your bracket comes loose, we will need to rebond the bracket into position. At times, the wire may also start to move as your teeth starts to straighten. If the wire starts to poke at your cheeks, please make an appointment for a quick adjustment.