Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry in which the position of the teeth and bite are improved using dental braces, plates, headgear and aligners. Orthodontic treatment is used to correct crowded, crooked or bucked teeth. The position of the teeth and jaw is corrected which aesthetically improves the smile, the functionality of the bite as well as often improving the appearence of facial features. There are many options to straighten teeth and at Hurstbridge Dental we offer conventional dental braces as well as Clear Aligners
Depending on your individual situation, your treatment may take between 12 to 24 months. A pre-treatment consultation at Hurstbridge Dental with Dr Sandeep Arora will allow us to provide you an accurate timeframe for your treatment.
At this appointment Dr Arora will discuss your options with you, provide you cost estimates, undertake a comprehensive oral assessment, radiographs and take moulds of your teeth. From there you can decide the best treatment to help you achieve a straight and healthy smile.
Conventional metal braces are the most efficient teeth straightening method available although there have been advances in their size, appearance and application over time. They are made up of stainless steel brackets, which are fitted on to the tooth surface with an archwire fitted between the brackets. The archwire along with elastics or other techniques move your teeth into position through gentle pressure, and gradually the teeth move into their desired position.
We usually recommend that orthodontic treatment for teenagers begins after all the adult teeth have come through, between 11 to 13 years of age. Dr Sandeep Arora is happy to discuss with you and your child the most appropriate orthodontic treatment, and explain the options available to achieve the best results for your child’s individual situation.
The general acceptance of conventional metal braces in our society and availability of clear aligners has opened this avenue for adults to achieve their desired straight smile and better function. We are happy to discuss with you options for adult braces to help you achieve your desired smile.
Caring for your mouth with Braces
It is very important that you clean your braces every time you brush your teeth. Braces can trap plaque which can lead to tooth decay, tooth discolouration and gum disease. Maintaining good dental hygiene with regular check-ups and cleans is important while you are undertaking this commitment towards your better smile.