Many people think of braces as a way to straighten crooked teeth. However, as a specialist orthodontic practice with a holistic approach to health and well-being, we understand the importance and benefit of correcting the bite before reaching adulthood.
Having a balanced and stable bite will provide comfort and protection to the teeth, jaw joints and head and neck muscles throughout life.
A misaligned bite can result in:
- Accelerated wear of the teeth (shortening of teeth), which can cause tooth sensitivity
- Tooth enamel fractures
- Muscular pain
- Jaw joint issues such as clicking, locking and discomfort
- Unsupported dental system exasperating bruxism, headaches and compromised sleep quality
When Is the Ideal Age for Braces?
Whether your child had early orthodontic treatment or not, braces are used to treat the teeth in late primary/high school. Treatment generally commences from the age of 12-13 years and upwards.
At Eastern Suburbs Orthodontics, we specialise in the latest technology using self-ligating braces which are more efficient, minimise food traps, staining and makes oral hygiene easier to maintain.
Rather than the small coloured elastic modules, traditionally used to hold the wire in place, self-ligating braces utilise a sliding mechanism that allows the wire to move freely inside the braces.
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.
How Long Will My Teen Need Braces?
The average treatment duration is 18-24 months. However, this can vary depending on the severity of the case and patient cooperation.
To closely monitor treatment progress, regular appointments will be scheduled with Dr Ben Piller approximately every eight weeks.
Oral Hygiene during Orthodontics
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 completing orthodontic treatment, 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!
Please Contact Us if You Would Like to Arrange a Consultation
Dr Piller and the team at Eastern Suburbs Orthodontics are looking forward to meeting you and discussing the treatment options available. No referral is required.