Orthodontics for Adults and Children
Perfectly aligned teeth are attractive and an important part of a winning smile, but a straight smile is about much more than just aesthetics. Properly aligned teeth are often healthier teeth, which is why we sometimes recommend them to patients who are seeking improved oral health in addition to cosmetic dentistry.
If your smile is not as straight as you would like, we welcome you to discuss your concerns with one of our knowledgeable practitioners.
Crooked may teeth pose certain challenges:
- Improper bite (occlusion)
- Difficult restoration
- Difficult home hygiene
- Premature wear
- Jaw pain or dysfunction
At General and Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer both traditional orthodontics and Invisalign to help our patients of all ages achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.
Traditional orthodontics uses brackets and wires to gradually guide teeth into ideal alignment.
Traditional orthodontics can correct common misalignment issues such as:
- Overlapping teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Protruding teeth
- Irregular spacing between teeth
Brackets now come in a variety of materials from metal to ceramic. A consultation with one of our skilled dentists will allow us to organise a treatment plan that meets your goals for your smile.
Regular appointments will allow us to adjust the wire, which gently nudges your teeth into proper alignment.
For our teen and adult patients who wish to keep treatment discreet, we offer Invisalign clear aligners. Unlike brackets, Invisalign aligners are removable when eating, drinking hot liquids, or cleaning teeth. They are crystal clear and virtually undetectable during use.
Many patients find this option preferable for a number of reasons:
- Smooth and comfortable
- Fewer adjustment and maintenance appointments
- Convenience in hygiene
Though trays are removable, wearing them most of the day is essential to completing treatment effectively and efficiently. Invisalign recommends that patients wear trays for about 22 hours per day.
We will first take x-rays, impressions, and photographs to organise a proper treatment plan. Wearing each set of aligners for approximately two weeks before switching to the next in the series will gradually straighten teeth.
Any type of orthodontic treatment requires the use of an orthodontic retainer to preserve your straight smile and protect your investment. Failure to wear a retainer can result in orthodontic relapse, requiring additional treatment.
Several types of retainers exist. We will go over your options, as well as the pros and cons of each type, to help you to make an educated choice regarding the future of your smile.
Would You Like a Straighter Smile?
We welcome you to contact our Kew dental office to arrange an orthodontic evaluation. We will provide you with all of your options and support the choice you make for your smile.