Dental Orthodontics is the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems that relate to the alignment of teeth and jaws. Many people choose orthodontic treatments to improve their smile and a more confident smile is a wonderful bonus to having straight, well-aligned teeth. The reality is that well-aligned teeth bite together better, and this improved function leads to long term healthy teeth. After all, isn’t that the goal?
Benefits of having orthodontic work to straighten teeth
- A person’s smile is a huge part of first impressions!
- Well-aligned teeth last longer!
- When teeth are misaligned they can wear abnormally and excessively. Deep bites, overjets, underbites are all conditions that affect the alignment of the teeth.
- Straight teeth are easier than crowded teeth to clean and this, therefore, reduces the risk of cavities and gum disease. In some cases, it is actually important to straighten the teeth to effectively treat gum disease and save the teeth.
Mention the word orthodontics and people generally “cringe” at the thought. It isn’t like this anymore. Today there are a number of techniques and approaches we can apply to solve teeth issues:
1. Traditional Braces
Traditional braces consist of brackets that are individually customised and lead to faster and better outcomes. Traditional metal braces are the most well-known orthodontic treatment for a reason. Over the years advancements in technology have meant that metal braces have become more comfortable and less bulky, meaning that their proven technology can be harnessed in a faster more effective manner, with happier patients along the way. These braces are also available in metal or tooth coloured options.
2. Lingual Braces
With lingual braces, the brackets are fixed to the back of your teeth, ensuring no one can obviously see that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment – making it the perfect treatment for adults or those concerned with their appearance while undergoing treatment.
3. Orthodontic aligners – ClearCorrect
ClearCorrect (A clear and simple alternative to braces) A clear, custom-made, removable orthodontic method used to straighten teeth. They are comfortable and easy to comply with.
ClearCorrect is very popular with adults as they’re practically invisible, so most people won’t even know you’re in treatment, they fit you perfectly, so they’re more comfortable than regular braces, and they’re removable, so you can eat whatever you like and clean your teeth normally.
All of these techniques have their advantages and disadvantages. So how do you make an informed decision on what option, if any, you should be considering?
Braces and any orthodontic treatment at LARA Dental are individually prescribed systems and are customised for each individual tooth and person.
With over 25 years of experience each in the orthodontic field, Dr Charlie Kahwagi, Dr Geoffrey Storey and the team at LARA dental have extensive knowledge in all of these appliances and therefore can guide you as to which is the best approach for your individual needs. Together they have treated thousands of cases in Geelong and Lara and continually achieve excellent results. If you are considering orthodontics or would like a second opinion, then a consultation will assist to clarify your treatment options.
Traditional braces apply constant pressure to the teeth, forcing them to move into new positions. The movement can occur in a number of directions and can work to resolve a wide range of dental and orthodontic issues, including, crowding, malocclusion, crookedness, misaligned bite, and misaligned jaws. Thanks to advances in the field of modern orthodontics, traditional metal braces are much more comfortable and less bulky than they used to be.
Traditional braces are an effective treatment, and can correct a wide range of issues. One of the main benefits of traditional braces is that compliance is not an issue, as patients are not able to remove them, and can’t forget to wear them. It is also possible to customise band colours, which allows for a unique treatment for each patient.
Traditional braces can be recommended for both teenagers and adults. The best time to have braces is during early adolescence as the jaw bone is still growing and strengthening, allowing for a faster, more effective treatment. That said, it is never too late to seek orthodontic treatment. Adults can also wear traditional braces and enjoy successful results.