If you or you child have crooked teeth or a problem with your bite, this can affect your self-esteem as well as your dental health. Orthodontic braces, aligners and other treatments can help to straighten teeth and improve your smile.
At Sailors Bay Dentistry, we pride ourselves on providing the latest treatments available in orthodontics. We achieve this by taking into account cosmetic appearance and patient preference to provide a treatment plan individually tailored to your needs.
Although the word 'orthodontics' conjures up images of teenagers with shiny metal smiles, this need not be the case. Our specialist orthodontist in Northbridge, Dr Ross Adams, can discuss the other options we offer for kids, teenagers and adults and answer any questions you have about straightening your smile.
To find out more, book an orthodontic consultation at our Northbridge dental clinic. We have provided Orthodontic services for patients from surrounding suburbs including Mosman, Crows Nest, Castlecrag, Naremburn, Chatswood, Artarmon, and Lane Cove.
Call our friendly team on (02) 9958 0400 or contact us today.
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specialises in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems with the alignment of teeth and jaws. Technically known as 'malocclusion,' most people know it as having a 'bad bite.'
Having crooked or misaligned teeth can make it harder to eat and to brush and floss your teeth, increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. It can also affect speech.
Orthodontic treatment involves the design and use of corrective appliances such as braces, aligners, orthodontic retainers, plates and headgear to bring the teeth and jaws into proper alignment.
Orthodontics isn't just for teenagers. While treatments have a higher chance of success when the teeth and jaws are still developing, orthodontic treatment can also help younger children and adults to improve their smiles and reduce their oral health risks.
Early signs of orthodontic problems usually start to become apparent by the age of seven, by which time many of a child's permanent front teeth have erupted. Early examination gives our orthodontist the chance to detect and evaluate any problems that may be present and to discuss appropriate treatments.
Early orthodontic treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing, or make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. Early treatment may also achieve results that aren't possible once the face and jaws have stopped growing. We can also offer advice about how to stop behaviours that could be damaging your child's teeth, such as thumb sucking.
In most cases, orthodontic treatment begins as soon as the last baby tooth has been shed, usually in the early teens. In some cases, it can be an advantage to start just before the last baby teeth are lost.
If we think your child could benefit from orthodontic treatment, we'll discuss the options with them and with you so you know what to expect and can make an informed decision.
In the past, orthodontic treatment was generally restricted to children. However, the basic process involved in moving teeth is the same at any age, so orthodontic treatment is often successful for adults as well. As the facial bones are no longer growing, however, some severe malocclusions may not be corrected with braces alone, and orthodontics may need to be combined with jaw surgery.
However old you are, if you think you or your child might have an orthodontic problem, the best time to see an orthodontist is now. Book a consultation at Sailors Bay Dentistry to find out more about orthodontics on the North Shore. It's never too late to get that perfect smile!
Our Northbridge orthodontics specialists offer a range of different appliances to control tooth movement, depending on your needs and preferences. As well as traditional metal braces, we also offer tooth-coloured ceramic braces, lingual braces and removable Invisalign® aligners that fit over the teeth like a mouthguard.
Traditional metal braces are the most common form of orthodontic treatment. Metal brackets are fixed to the outside of the teeth, supported by arch wires, bonding materials and elastic ligatures.
Metal braces are suitable for people of all ages and are the best option for correcting more severe bite problems.
If you don't like the look of metal braces, we offer tooth-coloured ceramic braces as an alternative.
Ceramic braces are suitable for most teenagers and adults, but they may not be able to correct more severely crooked teeth.
Lingual braces are similar to conventional braces, except the brackets are fixed to the inside of teeth. This means they're hidden from view, which can be appealing if you're worried about getting braces for aesthetic reasons.
Lingual braces aren't suitable for all orthodontic issues. We'll let you know if you're a candidate during your orthodontic assessment.
Invisalign treatment is a more discreet and removable solution for orthodontic treatment. It involves a series of clear plastic aligners that are custom made for your mouth, which shift your teeth into their new position over a period of time.
Invisalign aligners are most effective for minor orthodontic problems and fix-ups, so they may not be a suitable option for everyone.
Orthodontic treatment normally takes between 18–24 months, but this can vary depending on how severe the issue is. As well as the time it takes to wear braces or aligners, wearing a retainer after your treatment is also important to prevent your teeth from shifting back to their old position.
Your orthodontist in Northbridge will discuss timeframes with you in your initial consultation.
Braces are a long term investment, so it's important to look after your oral health while you're undergoing orthodontic treatment. This will make sure that, once your treatment ends, your teeth will still be healthy as well as straight.
The two main changes that you might find you need to make when wearing braces are to your oral hygiene routine and the foods that you eat. This doesn't apply for Invisalign aligners, which can be removed when eating and brushing your teeth.
Brushing and flossing your teeth can be more difficult when you have traditional or lingual braces, as the brackets and wires are extra spaces where bacteria can get trapped. However, it's important to keep your teeth free from bacteria and plaque, as problems such as tooth decay and gum disease can interrupt orthodontic treatment.
Here are some simple tips for keeping your teeth, gums and braces in great condition:
It's always important to watch what you eat to make sure you're looking after your dental health, but it's particularly important when you wear braces. There are many foods that can weaken or loosen the brackets or break and bend the wires. Foods to avoid include:
If your braces do come loose or get damaged, don't panic or try to fix them yourself. Make an emergency appointment with our orthodontist and we'll see you as soon as possible.
The cost of braces, Invisalign aligners and other orthodontic appliances depends on the type of treatment you choose and how much straightening is needed. We'll give you all the information you need about treatment costs, health fund options and payment plans during your initial consultation at our North Shore dental clinic.
For more information about orthodontic braces, aligners and other treatments at Sailors Bay Dentistry, call our friendly team on (02) 9958 0400 or use our contact form. We are located near Lane Cove and Chatswood, a short drive away from Mosman on Sydney's North Shore.
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