Why is orthodontics important?
See before and after photos of Orthodontic Treatment. Orthodontics can boost a person’s self-image as the teeth, jaws and lips become properly aligned, but an attractive smile is just one of the benefits.
Alleviating or preventing physical health problems is just as important
Without treatment, orthodontic problems may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction and chewing and digestive difficulties.
A “bad bite” can contribute to speech impairments, tooth loss, chipped teeth and other dental injuries.
The purpose of the first orthodontic visit (around age 7) is to evaluate whether changes in the child’s skeletal pattern are needed. If changes are needed, we can make plans to begin treatment at the ideal time.
There are several advantages to early treatment. If detected early, harmful habits can be corrected to avoid more extensive treatment
Is it ever too late for a person to get braces?
Most people think that orthodontic treatment is just for children. The truth is, people of all ages, including adolescents and adults receive orthodontic care for healthier teeth and gums, improved chewing from properly aligned teeth and increased confidence from aesthetically pleasing teeth.
Different types of braces
Metal Braces/Traditional Braces – These are the metal brackets with wires that are commonly used
Ceramic Braces – These are the same size as the metal brackets but they are tooth coloured or clear so they blend in with the tooth colour. They are more expensive than the metal brackets and they can break more easily.
Invisalign – These are mouthguard like clear plastic aligners. They are removable and they are replaced approximately every two weeks. They are not suitable for patients with severe bite problems. They can be more expensive and treatment time could be longer.
How to Tell if Your Child Needs Braces?
Please find a list of problems to look out for
- Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Thumb or finger sucking
- Crowded, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth
- Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude, or are recessed
- Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
- Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
- Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face
If you notice any of the above problems, please contact the Brisbane Smile Centre
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