Braces: Fixed Appliances

Braces: Fixed Appliances

Braces: Fixed Appliances Gosford, Erina, Central Coast

Braces, third molars, appearance and bad breath are just a few new things for your teenagers to worry about as they make the transition from childhood to adulthood. The best way for teens to enjoy a nice smile and healthy teeth is to start good oral habits as early as when their first permanent tooth comes out at age 5-6 years old.

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that focuses on treating improperly positioned teeth and jaws. In other words, they address and correct bite problems.

Who Needs Orthodontic Treatment?

Gapped teeth

too much space or gaps in between teeth

Crooked/Crowded Teeth

too many teeth to fit the jaw, causing misalignment

Overbite

upper teeth excessively overlap the lower teeth

Underbite

lower front teeth abnormally protrude the upper front teeth

Crossbite

teeth in the lower arch positioned outside of the upper teeth

Open Bite

upper and lower teeth don’t touch when the mouth is closed

Children With Narrow Dental Arches

mostly detected in the early years of a child

Gapped teeth

too much space or gaps in between teeth

Crooked/Crowded Teeth

too many teeth to fit the jaw, causing misalignment

Overbite

upper teeth excessively overlap the lower teeth

Underbite

lower front teeth abnormally protrude the upper front teeth

Crossbite

teeth in the lower arch positioned outside of the upper teeth

Open Bite

upper and lower teeth don’t touch when the mouth is closed

Children With Narrow Dental Arches

mostly detected in the early years of a child

Orthodontic Treatments

At Central Coast Orthodontics, we are able to choose from a wide variety of different orthodontic appliances, which means we help you select the best option to suit your needs and goals. These could include traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, or a range of removable appliances such as Invisalign plates or retainers.

Metal Braces

These are the metal brackets and wires most people picture when they hear the word “braces.” However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious “metal-mouth” braces many adults remember. Plus, new heat-activated archwires use your body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than in the past.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except they have tooth-coloured or clear brackets that blend in with the teeth. Some use tooth-coloured wires to be even less noticeable.

Invisalign

Invisalign consists of a series of custom-made, mouth guard-like clear plastic aligners. The aligners are removable and are replaced every 7 to 14 days.

Orthognathic Treatment

Orthognathic surgery is a corrective jaw surgery that straightens or realigns your jaw and corrects related skeletal deformities.

Space Maintainers

A space Maintainer is a removable or fixed appliance custom-made to keep the space open to allow the permanent tooth to come out into place. It is sometimes needed when the primary teeth fall out early or are removed due to decay.

Expanders

Expanders are beneficial in treating overcrowding and bite problems. Similar to how babies have soft spots on their heads which allows for further growth of the skull, kids and pre-teens have a soft spot on the roof of their mouths. The appliance is placed onto the roof of the mouth, usually by connecting it to the top back molars, and separates the left and right sides of the jaw, making it wider.

Functional Appliances

Functional appliances (either removable or fixed) are used to utilise, eliminate, or guide forces arising from muscle function, tooth eruption, and growth in order to improve skeletal and dental relationships. One example is bringing the lower jaw forward to meet the upper jaw. There are several types of functional appliances, such as Frankel, Herbst, Jumper, Activator, and Bionator.

Metal Braces

These are the metal brackets and wires most people picture when they hear the word “braces.” However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious “metal-mouth” braces many adults remember. Plus, new heat-activated archwires use your body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than in the past.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except they have tooth-coloured or clear brackets that blend in with the teeth. Some use tooth-coloured wires to be even less noticeable.

Invisalign

Invisalign consists of a series of custom-made, mouth guard-like clear plastic aligners. The aligners are removable and are replaced every 7 to 14 days.

Space Maintainers

A space Maintainer is a removable or fixed appliance custom-made to keep the space open to allow the permanent tooth to come out into place. It is sometimes needed when the primary teeth fall out early or are removed due to decay.

Expanders

Expanders are beneficial in treating overcrowding and bite problems. Similar to how babies have soft spots on their heads which allows for further growth of the skull, kids and pre-teens have a soft spot on the roof of their mouths. The appliance is placed onto the roof of the mouth, usually by connecting it to the top back molars, and separates the left and right sides of the jaw, making it wider.

Orthognathic Treatment

Orthognathic surgery is a corrective jaw surgery that straightens or realigns your jaw and corrects related skeletal deformities.

Functional Appliances

Functional appliances (either removable or fixed) are used to utilise, eliminate, or guide forces arising from muscle function, tooth eruption, and growth in order to improve skeletal and dental relationships. One example is bringing the lower jaw forward to meet the upper jaw. There are several types of functional appliances, such as Frankel, Herbst, Jumper, Activator, and Bionator.
Sometimes treatment can be done in combination with several different appliances, such as an expander or a functional appliance, which are used to improve the position of the upper or lower jawbones.

“Start Young!”

The earliest we would generally consider treating a patient is around age eight, as this is typically when the six-year-old molars have erupted.

However, most treatment is done between the ages 11 and 14, depending on which teeth have come through and what stage of growth the patient is up to. Having said that, there is no actual age limit as to when an orthodontic treatment, such as braces or Invisalign, can be performed. There are usually several patients in their 60s and 70s, and even beyond, having active treatment in the practice at any given point.

A typical orthodontic case, whether it be with braces or aligners, usually takes around 18 months. Easy cases can take as little as nine to twelve months, while more complex cases may take about two years. Following active treatment, we would normally ask the patient to come back to the practice a few times a year for several years to check that everything is being maintained.

“Start Young!”

The earliest we would generally consider treating a patient is around age eight, as this is typically when the six-year-old molars have erupted.

However, most treatment is done between the ages 11 and 14, depending on which teeth have come through and what stage of growth the patient is up to. Having said that, there is no actual age limit as to when an orthodontic treatment, such as braces or Invisalign, can be performed. There are usually several patients in their 60s and 70s, and even beyond, having active treatment in the practice at any given point.

A typical orthodontic case, whether it be with braces or aligners, usually takes around 18 months. Easy cases can take as little as nine to twelve months, while more complex cases may take about two years. Following active treatment, we would normally ask the patient to come back to the practice a few times a year for several years to check that everything is being maintained.

What to Expect?

There is certain information patients should be aware of before undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces. First, it can be more challenging to clean the teeth with braces on, so extra time should be spent brushing the teeth and the braces. If plaque is left in place for too long, it can damage the teeth.

Second, certain foods can also be difficult to manage. For example, if you bite into something hard, it might cause a piece of the apparatus to become unglued, which would require an extra visit to have it repaired.

Lastly, it’s normal for patients to experience some discomfort during the treatment, and this is more common at the start rather than at the end. As the teeth start to move, they can feel sore, and the braces themselves can rub on the lips and cheeks. This usually diminishes with time, and there are some helpful adjuncts like wax, which can be stuck on the braces to make them feel smooth during the initial days. Some of these issues are almost eliminated with aligners rather than braces, which is why they’re becoming a more popular treatment choice.

What to Expect?

There is certain information patients should be aware of before undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces. First, it can be more challenging to clean the teeth with braces on, so extra time should be spent brushing the teeth and the braces. If plaque is left in place for too long, it can damage the teeth.

Second, certain foods can also be difficult to manage. For example, if you bite into something hard, it might cause a piece of the apparatus to become unglued, which would require an extra visit to have it repaired.

Lastly, it’s normal for patients to experience some discomfort during the treatment, and this is more common at the start rather than at the end. As the teeth start to move, they can feel sore, and the braces themselves can rub on the lips and cheeks. This usually diminishes with time, and there are some helpful adjuncts like wax, which can be stuck on the braces to make them feel smooth during the initial days. Some of these issues are almost eliminated with aligners rather than braces, which is why they’re becoming a more popular treatment choice.

Contact Sports While Having Orthodontic Treatments

One of the other factors to consider when undertaking orthodontic treatment is how it will affect your overall lifestyle. Many of our patients play sports, and they are sometimes concerned that having orthodontic treatment may prevent them from continuing to do so.

Teeth generally tend to be safer with braces or aligners in place, as they are all joined together. However, a knock to the mouth might still cause a cut to the lip or cheek. For this reason, those playing an active sport might consider using aligners rather than braces. However, even if you choose braces, it can still be protected using mouth guards.

Contact Sports While Having Orthodontic Treatments

One of the other factors to consider when undertaking orthodontic treatment is how it will affect your overall lifestyle. Many of our patients play sports, and they are sometimes concerned that having orthodontic treatment may prevent them from continuing to do so.

Teeth generally tend to be safer with braces or aligners in place, as they are all joined together. However, a knock to the mouth might still cause a cut to the lip or cheek. For this reason, those playing an active sport might consider using aligners rather than braces. However, even if you choose braces, it can still be protected using mouth guards.

“I Want to Straighten My Teeth but Have Several Questions.”

We always encourage patients to ask lots of questions during their initial consultation because the more questions that get asked, the more confidence we have that the patient or parents understand the process, as well as the risks and limitations. This helps everyone make the best choice for the individual, as we have never met two sets of teeth or two personalities which are exactly the same.

If you want to start your journey to straighter teeth and a healthier smile, call us now or fill in the enquiry form below. Our expert orthodontists would love to look after you and your family.

“I Want to Straighten My Teeth but Have Several Questions.”

We always encourage patients to ask lots of questions during their initial consultation because the more questions that get asked, the more confidence we have that the patient or parents understand the process, as well as the risks and limitations. This helps everyone make the best choice for the individual, as we have never met two sets of teeth or two personalities which are exactly the same.

If you want to start your journey to straighter teeth and a healthier smile, call us now or fill in the enquiry form below. Our expert orthodontists would love to look after you and your family.

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B Concad

From the very first visit until the very last visit Dr King and his team were amazing with my daughter. They were always very supportive, caring and helpful. A great experience with results that I am so happy with. As a father and health care practitioner, I would highly recommend Central Orthodontics.

B Concad

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