What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is about more than just straight teeth and a beautiful smile. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean and are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease. They can cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome and neck, shoulder and back pain.
Today, more than ever there is a shift toward an early intervention approach to orthodontics than in recent years. Orthodontic practitioners are seeing the benefits of treating most children before all their adult teeth are through.
Not only is it easier to change the growing jaws of children, but it may avoid costly surgery or the needless extraction of many teeth later on to reach the same result.
Early Diagnosis is Key
Early detection is key to a beautiful, healthy smile, and is beneficial to reduce the amount and duration of later treatment, preventing more complex conditions from occurring.
Through early intervention, the Gentle Dental orthodontist team can correct habits that lead to acquired irregularities, increase the confidence of the child, guide the growth of the jawbone, and decrease the risk of injury to protruding teeth.
Early diagnosis and intervention are essential to get the ideal result and help them grow to their full potential. By planning your child’s treatment from a young age can help take advantage of their natural growth, to create and maintain space for the adult teeth to grow in straight.
Common Orthodontic Problems in Children
Children often experience overcrowding, jaw growth irregularities, protruding teeth and teeth that are too widely spaced. While some problems are inherited, the main causes of acquired orthodontic irregularities are:
- Inadequate nutrition or dental hygiene problems
- Medical problems, such as birth defects
- Habits such as thumb or finger sucking
- Breathing through the mouth
- Earlier or later loss of baby teeth than is considered normal
If your child shows any of these signs or symptoms, we are more than happy to have complimentary chat. Plus, if your child is eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Scheme or is covered, under your private health insurance, check out our Gap free offer and have their teeth checked and cleaned at the same time.
Adult orthodontics and Invisalign ©
Having that dream smile with straight teeth is no longer only limited to teens. Adult orthodontics is now widely accepted, and a large number of people of all ages are seeking treatment. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, we can help you achieve the smile you always dreamed of having.
We understand that you may not feel comfortable with metal wires and brackets on your teeth, as they may be an unacceptable look for your job, or you feel uncomfortable having metal in your mouth.
Luckily, orthodontics and braces have evolved over the past few decades, and now we can straighten your teeth with invisible (barely visible) braces.
Thanks to our partners at Invisalign ©, we can now use advanced CAD/CAM technology to have clear aligners made which will help straighten your teeth without braces.
These clear aligners are hardly visible and unlike braces, require little effort to maintain. A bonus with Invisalign© and clear aligners is that you can eat all your favourite foods without worrying about anything breaking.
If the fear of being seen with metal braces and wires on your teeth is stopping you, then give us a call for a complimentary chat with our friendly team.
The process is super quick and easy. We use a state-of-the-art intraoral scanner to take a digital impression (or mould) of your teeth and bite. We can then send you a simulation of how your teeth will move to their new, perfectly straight positions, and this will allow you to give us your input on how you want your smile to look.
Once everyone is happy, we get the aligners made, and one of our friendly Gentle Dental team will show you how to use them. After that, we will then see you every six weeks or until the treatment is finished.
We offer a range of flexible interest-free payment options for adult braces and Invisalign© to help you fit it into your budget. If you have orthodontic cover included in your private health insurance, we can help you figure out how much you will get back and claim on the spot, and we offer Gap-free check-up and cleans for all health funds.