Advanced Orthodontic Services
Orthodontics is a field of specialised dentistry that aims to straighten teeth and jaws that are crooked or misaligned. Not only are straight teeth important for facial harmony and an aesthetically beautiful smile, they serve an important function. Misaligned teeth are more susceptible to problems such as decay, problems chewing and pain.
Well-fitted braces can correct your jaw and teeth by exerting pressure to push your teeth into the correct position.
A member of the Australian Dental Association, Infinite Point Cook Dental provides state-of-the-art orthodontic services to Point Cook and it surrounds, including Seabrook and Williams Landing.
Understanding Orthodontic Braces | The Construction of Your Smile
Effective orthodontic intervention depends very much on early diagnosis and treatment. While orthodontics is most effective in younger people they can also be used to correct adults’ teeth.
Our friendly Point Cook dentists may recommend orthodontics if you have an over- or under-bite, spacing, crowding, an open bite, or a cross bite.
What Options Are Available?
Orthodontics technology has evolved tremendously since it was first introduced and metal braces are no longer the only option on the market. Modern orthodontic braces are smaller and more comfortable than ever, and can correct teeth in a shorter treatment time.
Ceramic brackets have become very popular because they are manufactured in clear and tooth coloured designs, which are not as noticeable against the teeth.
Lingual or concealed braces can be fitted to the backside of the teeth and are only really noticeable to the person wearing them.
One of the latest developments in modern orthodontics is the use of aligners that are removable. Aligners are removed before eating and brushing. An aligner is only worn for a two-week period before it is switched for a new aligner.
What You Can Expect | The Pathway to Perfect Teeth
You will need a few consultations with your friendly Point Cook dentist. You can typically expect the following sequence of events:
An initial consultation will be conducted where your needs, and the benefits of the orthodontics treatment will be discussed. Once your dentist has performed an assessment, x-rays and moulds of your teeth will be taken.
You will review your x-rays with your dentist and discuss your treatment options. It is possible that permanent teeth may need to be extracted to make space for your teeth to adjust to their new positions.
After you’ve selected a treatment plan your dentist will start installing your braces. This starts with separators or temporary bands being placed between your molars. A week later thy will be replaced with permanent bands and wires and brackets will be installed.
Once this is done you can expect a follow up appointment every six to eight weeks. Your dentist will have a look at how your teeth are shifting into place and will make the necessary tightening adjustments.