Crooked teeth are a common dental problem. Orthodontics is the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of mis-aligned teeth and facial irregularities (malocclusion) and is frequently performed to improve a person’s appearance by straightening the teeth. Orthodontics is a highly specialised branch of Cosmetic Dentistry treatment. Over time Orthodontic treatment will reposition your upper and lower jaw allocation and amend bone growth within the mouth. Orthodontic treatment involves the design and use of corrective appliances such as braces, plates and aligners., whilst improving your oral health.
Teeth can be moved at any ages, as long as the gum and bone are healthy. Because the basic process involved in moving teeth is the same in adults as in children, orthodontic treatment can usually be successful at any age. However, because adult’s facial bones are no longer growing, some severe malocclusions cannot be corrected with braces alone. In these cases, orthodontic treatment is combined with jaw surgery and can achieve dramatic improvements.
Orthodontics for children is critically important. Early management of tooth alignment ensures children don’t have too many problems when their primary teeth erupt.
- Early Treatment
- Invisalign Teen™
- Damon® 3
The most common orthodontic treatment is braces, which need to be worn for a certain period of time to shift teeth into correct alignment. Braces are comprised of metal brackets and wires, and to make the experience a bit more appealing, there are many colours to choose from, even clear braces.
Treatment generally takes between 18- 24 months and requires regular visits to the Orthodontist. Some patients will complete treatment sooner than others, it just depends on the desired results and severity of the original malocclusion.
On completion of braces treatment, the braces are removed and a retainer appliance is fitted to stabilise the new position of the teeth. These appliances can include plates, moulds, or wires permanently fitted behind the teeth.
Visits to your orthodontist will still be necessary to monitor your progress after your treatment.
Interventions include the following:
- Correcting simple irregularities in one or more teeth.
- Space maintenance to ensure no valuable space is lost for adult teeth when baby teeth are lost early.
- Interceptive Orthodontics – helps growing children develop properly with enough space for permanent teeth. Treatment here can often prevent the need for future orthodontic procedures. This is called Orthopaedics and is a new concept in helping dental bones develop into the proper relationship.
- Extraordinary smiles and faces
- Fast treatment time with fewer office visits
- No extractions (in most cases)
- Greater comfort without tightening
- Easy to keep clean for better oral hygiene
Damon® braces are a very successful innovation in straightening teeth. Treatment is faster, more comfortable and easier to maintain than conventional braces, and are designed to be discreet, comfortable and easy to keep clean. Without the elastic ties which attract and collect plaque, Damon braces make dental hygiene much easier during treatment. Damon passive self-ligating braces eliminate the need for elastic or metal ties – that means no tightening. This not only makes Damon a better option in many cases, it makes it an option for anyone – young or old. It is suitable for adults at any age and kids can be treated before all their adult teeth have grown. Damon braces are designed to be discreet, comfortable and easy to keep clean. Without the elastic ties which attract and collect plaque, Damon braces make dental hygiene easy during treatment. Plus the Damon System is available in clear brackets for those image conscious patients.
Invisalign Teen™ – Invisible braces
The new Invisalign Teen™ system straightens your teeth with custom-made clear aligners. They are comfortable, practically invisible and there no implants or uncomfortable, unsightly braces. And they are suitable for anybody – young and old.
Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear, removable aligners that you switch out about every two weeks. Each aligner is individually manufactured with exact calculations to gradually shift your teeth into place. Your Dentalini dentist devises a treatment plan with you and since your Invisalign system is custom-made for your teeth you know you'll end up with the smile that suits you.
Since Invisalign® is practically invisible, there’s no unwarranted attention to your mouth. In fact, very few people will notice at all (unless you tell them). They’re extremely comfortable to wear and remove easily.