7 facts about orthodontics
1. It’s Always Best to See a Specialist – Some dentists provide orthodontics but it is always best to see a qualified specialist orthodontist. In Australia specialist orthodontists have undergone at least three additional years of training after qualifying as dentists.
2. Braces Aren’t Just for Children – The past few years have seen a rapid growth in the number of adults having orthodontic treatment in Australia. Luckily it’s never too late to have orthodontic treatment and there’s now a whole host of ‘invisible’ braces available for patients to choose from.
3. You Won’t Look Like Ugly Betty – Braces have come a long way since the days of Ugly Betty style ‘train tracks’. The latest braces are more discreet, not to mention comfortable. Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic and can be removed for eating and social events whilst lingual braces fit behind your teeth, making it practically invisible.
4. Your Smile won’t just be Straighter – There are huge benefits to be gained from having orthodontic treatment. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean, they function better and they look great too.
5. You’ll Need to Wear Retainers – These will help to hold your teeth in their new position whilst new bone forms around the teeth. There are two types of retainers: fixed retainers and removable retainers. Fixed retainers are thin wires permanently glued to the back surfaces of the front teeth. Removable retainers are made of thin clear plastic and are worn at night and taken out during the day.
6. You Don’t Need a Referral – You do not need to be referred by your dentist for an orthodontic assessment. Creating a smile profile here allows you to get a treatment plan and then we can organise for you to see on of Orthodontists to begin treatment!
7. What is a Malocclusion – A malocclusion is a misalignment or incorrect relation between the teeth of the two dental arches when they approach each other as the jaws close. A malocclusion is common with most people but more severe cases call for an orthodontists help, do you know if you need to see an orthodontist?