Whether you’d like to change your smile a little or a lot, orthodontic treatment from A2Z Dental Clinic, Geraldton, can help improve both the health and appearance of your smile.
Orthodontics can straighten and align your teeth into their ideal position, solving dental or facial irregularities and improving the way your teeth, jaw and entire mouth work together.
The best age for a child to have their initial orthodontic assessment is usually around seven to eight years old. In some cases early intervention may result in a shorter and less complicated treatment.
Modern orthodontic appliances are very effective in moving teeth and in cases where only a little bit of movement is necessary, Invisalign may be the option for you.
Orthodontics and Orthodontic Appliances
Braces (fixed appliances) are the most efficient and accurate way of moving teeth.
The best time to start the braces treatment is soon after the final baby teeth have fallen out. A child’s full orthodontic treatment usually involves wearing braces for about one to two years. Braces are also available for adults, though the treatment time may be longer as adult jaw bones are more mature than a child’s.
Braces consist of bands, brackets and wires which are usually made of stainless steel or Nickel Titanium alloy, although a more discreet (albeit more expensive) option are clear, ceramic brackets. The braces are fixed onto the teeth and the patient is required to have regular adjustments and reviews every 4-8 weeks for the duration of the treatment.
Other orthodontic appliances include:
- Removable Plates: often used to gain space, or before having braces fitted.
- Retainers: Removable or fitted, we use retainers for a period of time after braces, to keep teeth in alignment.
- Headgear & Elastic Bands: Some patient’s braces need extra support to correct the alignment of their teeth and bite.
Good oral hygiene, regular teeth cleaning, a well-balanced, low sugar diet, and maintenance are all significant factors attributing to the success of the orthodontic treatment and of the ongoing health of your teeth and gums.
If you’re looking for a straighter, more attractive smile, without the need to live with traditional metal braces, Invisalign may be the answer you’re looking for.
Invisalign is an advanced new orthodontic treatment that does away with metal braces, instead using a series of custom-made, amazingly transparent aligners, which straighten your teeth by gradually applying gentle pressure.
Because Invisalign is practically invisible, it’s a discreet way to have your teeth straightened without anyone knowing you’re having treatment.
Unlike metal braces, Invisalign’s sleek thermoplastic aligners are less likely to trap food debris next to your teeth. And with Invisalign’s removable aligners, it’s easy to brush and floss your teeth as normal, and enjoy food and drinks as usual.
To find out whether orthodontics or the Invisalign treatment could help improve your smile, contact the friendly team at A2Z Dental Clinic today.
If you’d like to discuss orthodontics with our team, please call us today.