WHAT IS ORTHODONTICS IN CANBERRA?
Orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting the alignment of a patient’s teeth and jaw to fix crooked teeth, overbites and other structural issues.
Orthodontic treatment is the original smile makeover tool — and you will be happy to know that you’re never too old to take advantage of it. But it isn’t all about looks: Properly aligned teeth help you to bite, chew and even speak more effectively. They are also easier to clean, which helps keep your mouth free of tooth decay and gum disease.
Orthodontic appliances apply light, constant force, to gently reshape bone and move teeth into better positions.
We at Evolving Smiles use clear aligners (Invisalign®) and fixed braces for orthodontic treatment. We, however, refer patients with advanced/ complex cases to local orthodontists. At your consultation, we will decide on the best option for you.
COMMON ORTHODONTIC PROBLEMS IN CANBERRA
When you visit us at Evolving Smiles, Dr Unah will carefully examine your smile to determine what type of orthodontic treatment is right for you. Orthodontic problems can make it harder for you to keep your teeth clean and eat as normal, Dr Unah is pleased to be able to provide orthodontics and improve the health, beauty, and function of your smile. You may need orthodontic treatment if your smile is affected by any of these orthodontic problems:
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth, misplaced or blocked out teeth
- Protruding teeth
- An overbite or underbite
- Crossbite of the front or back teeth
- Widely spaced teeth
- Jaw problems
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Sucking the thumb or fingers, or other oral habits
- Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed
- Speech difficulty
- Teeth biting into the roof of the mouth
- Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
- Inability to comfortably close lips
These conditions can often lead to feelings of self-consciousness, as well as other complications:
- Poor oral hygiene (which eventually leads to tooth decay and gum disease).
- Chronic headaches or migraines
- Speech issues
- Jaw pain while eating
Orthodontic treatment can prevent or solve these dental problems for children and adults alike, however early intervention is always best because it stops the problem from worsening over the years.
BENEFITS OF STRAIGHT TEETH
- Improved confidence
- Improved gum and teeth health as it is easier to brush straight teeth
- Less tooth wear and recession
INVISALIGN VS BRACES- WHICH IS BETTER?
There’s no black and white answer – it depends on the patient’s preferences and the severity of their condition. Generally speaking, we recommend fixed braces for people with more complicated alignment issues and Invisalign® for those whose dental problems are easier to address. However, recent improvements in technology within the Invisalign system have allowed for more complex cases to be treated with the system
Invisalign® may be suitable for teenagers and adults who prefer to be discreet about their treatment, as the clear aligners are harder to see. This is also a good option for people who play contact sports, professionals, if you are planning a wedding and the date may fall into the orthodontic treatment timeline, as the aligners can be removed for up to 2 hours a day.
However, Invisalign requires more patient compliance, because you need to remember to wear it for at least 20 hours a day. The clear aligners must be removed if you eat or drink anything other than water, and you should brush your teeth before returning the aligners to your mouth. For this reason, Invisalign may not be the best option for children or people who won’t stick to this routine.
Would you like more information about Invisalign?
We are excited to take you on a journey to your new healthy beautiful smile. Call 02 6109 9440 for a complimentary consultation or book online.