Ideally, our adult teeth start out growing in a straight and uniform way that ensures a great smile and an even, well-fitting bite. But that is not always the case. Many of us have gaps in our teeth or a crooked smile which can result in an uneven or misaligned bite. Ideally, braces can be considered for children from the age of 10. However braces can be fitted at any age, and more and more adults are considering orthodontics to correct problems with their teeth.
Straight teeth are not just about aesthetics. Teeth that are spaced too widely apart create ample room for food particles to get trapped and difficulty in cleaning those spaces. Where teeth are too crowded, similar problems can arise, as well as gums becoming red and swollen. We need our gums to be strong and secure around our teeth as they offer protection against periodontal diseases such as gingivitis and other diseases of the gums, ligaments and jaw bone.
Orthodontics involves the use of braces to straighten teeth and correct a misaligned bite (an underbite or overbite) as well as correcting any other irregularities of the teeth. At Dentistry of Excellence, our Geelong dentists will carry out a thorough dental examination including x-rays to gain a clear and comprehensive picture of the mouth and teeth. From there, we discuss all the options available to you or your child, as well as the results you wish to gain from any orthodontic treatment.
There are a number of differing types of braces, including invisible braces. Clear braces are an orthodontic device that is like a very slim mouth guard, made using a mold we have taken of your teeth. Unlike traditional braces, invisible braces can be removed for short periods of time, for example an important photo or a night out. It’s important to know that invisible braces will not work for very serious dental problems and are not able to be used on children.
The more traditional type of braces include metal braces. These are the least expensive type of orthodontic treatment and are the most commonly used for children. Also, the bands are available in many bright colours which kids really love!
Ceramic braces are just like metal braces, but the brackets are tooth-coloured or clear, making them less noticeable. They are, however, more expensive than metal braces.
Our Geelong family dentist will discuss the benefits of both traditional braces and invisible braces and the results you can expect from both orthodontic treatments.
Apart from orthodontics, you may want to consider other cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve your smile such as teeth whitening, dental veneers or crowns and dental bridges. Talk to us about the results you really want and we can help you get that smile!