Orthodontics is a very specialised field of dentistry, in which the dentist uses their skills to align crooked teeth, correct improper jaw relationships, and allow for your child to have correct facial/skeletal development. At Dentists & Doctors we offer teeth straightening services to kids and adult patients. With the use of all latest techniques in dentistry we can accurately plan and receive full orthodontic treatment in shorter durations and at more comfort to our patients.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics means “straight teeth”, the treatment is more commonly known as braces. Orthodontic treatment can improve the appearance, function and health of your teeth, mouth and jaw. The most common reason for orthodontic treatment is crooked teeth.
What are the benefits of Orthodontic treatment?
Depending on the type of orthodontic treatment option you pursue you can expect always expect the benefits of enhanced aesthetics, improved bite and prevention of further damage to surrounding teeth and gums. In summary
What to expect at your Orthodontic consultation appointment
A thorough examination including x rays, photos and 3D scans will be taken by your dentist so that an accurate analysis and record is taken for the diagnosis and treatment planning of your teeth and jaw.
At Dentists & Doctors we are pleased to offer Gap free orthodontic consultation appointments.
Following your initial examination at Dentists & Doctors, you will be provided information on what your treatment options are, how soon you should start treatment, duration of your treatment and an approximate cost.
What do I need to remember whilst undergoing Orthodontic treatment?
Whether you are completing your treatment with fixed orthodontics (traditional braces), plates or clear aligners (Invisalign), it is essential that you
It is important that whilst completing your orthodontic treatment you maintain a high standard of oral hygiene. This means maintaining twice daily toothbrushing, daily flossing, use of mouthwash and fluoridated toothpaste.
Wearing braces and retainers can make it difficult to clean your teeth and provides an extra surface for the bacteria and food to collect, thus it is important to maintain regular oral home care practices and speak to your dentist if you aren’t sure how to clean your teeth with fixed braces or retainers.
Visiting your dentist every 6 months for a routine dental check, clean and fluoride treatment is important in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. It ensures any teeth which are at risk of tooth decay are regularly monitored, X rays may also be taken at your routine dental checks.
While completing orthodontic treatment it is important to modify any poor existing dietary habits. You will need to avoid eating sticky foods such as toffees and hard sticky candy, as well as limiting your intake of carbonated drinks such as Coke which are high in sugar and acidic.
A poor diet will increase your risk of tooth decay, more so whilst undergoing orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic brackets and wires on your teeth are a magnet for sugar, acid and bacteria.
If you undergoing clear aligner therapy this does not mean you are in the clear, you will also need to maintain a healthy diet as well as good oral hygiene practices.
Your dentist will provide you with more information on appropriate diet and oral hygiene habits.
If you are completing your orthodontic treatment with clear aligner therapy (such as Invisalign or Smilestyler) it is important retainers are worn for a minimum of 22 hours a day to achieve effective movement of teeth and ensuring treatment is completed in the time frame discussed.
Clear retainers are not to be worn during mealtimes or whilst drinking fluids other than water.
If you are wearing fixed braces it is important you attend your regular orthodontic visits to ensure correct and timely movement of teeth. After completion of any orthodontic treatment you will be provided with either a clear retainer or fixed orthodontic wire to prevent future movement of teeth. If your retainers are not worn according to instructions your teeth may move out of alignment.
Having correct jaw and teeth relationship is critical to having a healthy mouth that lasts the test of time. Our orthodontics team welcome patients from Geelong and surrounding areas such as Highton, Torquay and Waurn Ponds, and are highly trained with not only traditional braces but also other myofacial treatments which if commenced early on can lead to the avoidance of requiring braces.
Our dentists can discuss with you a range of teeth straightening and alignment treatments so you can make the best decision for your circumstances. Whether it is your child or yourself who requires the help of our orthodontics team, we can walk you through each individual process to ensure you have a complete understanding.
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