Orthodontics is a specialised form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional University training and experience. Your orthodontist is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.
If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist. The Australian Society of Orthodontists and American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of 7; however, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens, with about 1 in every 5 orthodontic patients being over the age of 20. Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or your child, any time is a great time to visit an orthodontist.
The amount of time spent in braces will vary depending on the individual patient, because everyone responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere between 6 and 24 months, but most standard treatments take about 12-18 months.
Like all orthodontic treatments, aligners may temporily affect the speech of some people and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp or minor speech impediment caused by the aligners should disappear.
Braces do not often hurt though you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to your new braces. If your teeth are feeling sensitive you could try Nurofen or Panadol. If the inside of your cheeks is rubbing on the braces then use wax, wax and more wax! Keep wax in several places so you always have it on hand.
With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn’t able to reach. Our Hygienists and Dental Assistants can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.
Yes! In fact, it’s even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up that can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces. We recommend you visit your dentist ever 4-6 months while you’re wearing braces.
Will braces interfere with my school activities like playing sports, playing an instrument, or singing?
Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance. Let us know if you require a mouthguard and we can organise that for you.
Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know and we will provide you with all of the information you need. Just call us on 5597 3344.