Orthodontic treatment consists of a number of phases. For early treatment, we recommend that you have your child orthodontically accessed at the age of seven. This is because, at the age of seven, your child’s first adult molars should nowbe present. These teethare essential in the evaluation of the side-to-side and front-to-back teeth relationships, as they form the back bite. These relationships allow us to address any potential issues.
Additionally, for the best results, early treatment appliances are better suited to patients who are still growing.
Early treatment aims to reduce crowding, prevent tooth removal, shorten orthodontic treatment time, and minimise thepotential trauma to protruding front teeth. Early treatment options may include one, or a combination of the following appliances:
These appliances can be used to widen upper jaws if they’re too narrow, alleviate crowded teeth by creating space, and canremedy bite discrepancies. Often these appliances are used in younger or growing patients, when the skeleton is more suited to change and movement.
Removable orthodontic plates
These appliances are removable and can encourage simple tooth movement. They can also be used to help prevent potential problems and stabalise existing work.
These appliances are used in young, growing patients with jaw discrepancies.These are functional appliances that act to change the facial growth pattern. Orthodopaedic appliances can be either fixed or removable and are used to encourage upper or lower jaw growth in most cases.
Realignment or straightening of teeth
Don’t want metal braces? In addition to traditional metal braces, we alsooffer a number of alternative orthodontic treatment options for straightening teeth in children, and in adult cases. Some of these treatment options include:
A series of clear, removable, plastic aligners, that are changed every 2 to 3 weeks, over a period of 18 to 24 months.
Social 6 (lingual braces)
Lingual bracesare fixed appliances and sit on the inside surface of your teeth.
Ceramicbraces (fixed appliances)
These are clear in colour and sit on the outside surface of your teeth, in the same way as traditional metal braces do.
With adult orthodontic procedures on the rise and in high demand, we offer a number of orthodontic treatment options for adult patients. The most common of these, is Invisalign.
To find out more about your or your child’s orthodontic treatment options, please call our friendly team and book an appointment with Dr Dee-Anna Luong, who would be happy to help.