Orthodontic braces are one of the most effective and time-tested ways to move teeth into their ideal alignment. Having an experienced specialist orthodontist, like Dr Ben Piller, will give you confidence and a predictable treatment outcome.
Typically, Dr Piller will evaluate children in early childhood at approximately eight years of age to determine jaw development, airways and facial balance.
What Age Is Appropriate for Braces?
Treatment generally commences from the age of 12-13 years for children. Braces can complement early childhood orthodontic treatment such as expanders and spacers to ensure that teeth have sufficient room to erupt into the dental arches during growth and development.
Adults, however, can also benefit from orthodontic treatment, especially in cases where incorrect tooth and bite position causes uneven wear, fractured teeth or jaw issues such as TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction). This condition is multifactorial; however, ideal tooth position and a stable bite can aid in relieving symptoms such as joint clicking or discomfort in the head, neck and jaw.
Adult patients who want to cosmetically enhance their smiles also turn to braces or Invisalign as a first step before proceeding with restorative dentistry such as crowns, bridges or dental implants. Having correct tooth alignment and bite stability prior to cosmetic dentistry will enhance your dental health, aesthetic outcome and the longevity of your dental work.
What Are Self-Ligating Braces?
At Eastern Suburbs Orthodontics, we specialise in the latest technology using self-ligating braces, which are more efficient, minimise food traps, staining and make oral hygiene easier to maintain.
Rather than the small coloured elastic modules traditionally used to hold the wire in place, self-ligating braces use a sliding mechanism that allows the wire to move freely inside the braces.
We are proud to provide our patients with the most up-to-date braces in the orthodontic space.
Treatment Planning for Braces
Dr Piller takes great care to customise the ideal treatment plan for each patient, taking into consideration their individual biological gifts. Dr Piller will work with you to develop a treatment plan customised to your needs.
There are two braces options – metal or ceramic (clear). The metal braces are small and have a low profile making them more hygienic and comfortable. The ceramic braces are more aesthetic but can slightly increase the length of treatment time.
The average treatment duration is 18-24 months. However, this can vary depending on the severity of the case and patient cooperation.
Caring for Your Braces
It’s essential to avoid eating anything that might damage your braces or wires during orthodontic treatment. This includes anything too hard or chewy and anything containing too much sugar. Your teeth are more susceptible to decay during treatment with braces. A healthy diet will promote good oral health. Cutting apples, carrots and other foods into smaller pieces rather than biting into them will help prevent dislodging braces.
Our staff will educate and provide you with an oral hygiene routine for you to maintain, in order to keep the teeth and gums healthy while undergoing treatment.
Post-Orthodontic Treatment Retention
Our practice philosophy is to ensure that your hard work, commitment and pleasing result is maintained long-term. The only way that we can ensure a stable orthodontic outcome is with life-long retention.
Immediately after orthodontic treatment has completed, the teeth are vulnerable to movement. This is because the bone around the teeth has expanded and requires time to condense and stabilise after treatment. This is the reason why fixed and removable retainers will be provided and are so important!
Contact Us for an Orthodontic Consultation
At Eastern Suburbs Orthodontics, we are a people practice, friendly, helpful and passionate about providing you with the most up-to-date orthodontic treatment options and are committed to improving your dental health, sense of well-being and appearance.
Please call us to arrange your initial consultation as no referral is required to see a specialist orthodontist.