What are orthodontics?
Orthodontics are also known as braces. Braces are devices used by dental professionals to straighten your teeth or correct any misalignment. They aim to adjust the bite and create a beautiful straight smile by repositioning the teeth.
By applying constant pressure on each tooth to move them to the desired location, braces are able to move teeth effectively into a uniform shape. At each visit to your dentist or orthodontist, the braces are tightened so more pressure is applied. This helps continue the movement of the teeth into the desired position.
What kinds of braces are there?
There are four main types of braces – ceramic, metal, lingual and clear (Invisalign) braces.
Ceramic braces are the same shape and size as traditional metal braces, and feature tooth coloured or clear brackets that blend it the teeth to make them less noticeable. Some even have the option of tooth coloured wires.
Metal braces are made up of metal brackets and wires. These days, metal braces are much smaller and less noticeable than they were, and some even have heat-activated archwires that can use your body heat to move teeth faster and with less pain.
This kind of braces are recommended for those who want the fast results of metal braces, without them standing out so much. However, they do stain easily if not looked after.
This kind of braces is the most affordable, but they are also the most noticeable.
These braces are similar to metal braces, but they are placed on the inside of the teeth. This means they cannot be seen from the outside, but it also means they are harder to take care of.
They are more uncomfortable than other kinds of braces and adjustments take longer than other braces.
At Grand Dental – we provide orthodontics in two categories – early interceptive orthodontics/orthopaedics for children and fixed braces for teenagers and adults. We practice the philosophy of extracting teeth for the face and not for the space. This means extraction is not routinely performed during orthodontic treatment and only when it will benefit the facial profile.
We are not only focused on straightening your teeth. Our objective is to help you achieve a harmonious balance of overall health by establishing the ideal positions of your teeth and jaws. During your orthodontic consultation, Dr Max will screen for abnormal breathing behaviour, constricted airways and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In particular, presence of enlarged adenoids or tonsils and mouth breathing are closely examined. With this in mind, we will formulate an individualised treatment plan so all your needs are met adequately.
To give you or your child the best opportunity for a healthy and beautiful smile please call us on (02) 4742 1004 to schedule your consultation with Dr Max.
Dr Max has completed further studies with Dr Derek Mahony as part of a 2-year Mini-Residency program in Orthodontics and Orthopaedics (EODO). He is however not a specialist orthodontist. If you would like a second opinion, we are more than happy to arrange a specialist consultation for you.
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.
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.
The first visit is a consultation to gauge 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, at least three different options would be provided to you.