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Orthodontics

Orthodontics

Orthodontics is the dental specialty or branch of dentistry which treats the prevention and correction of irregularities in the teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatments like braces help move teeth that are crooked or that do not fit together correctly. By fixing these problems, orthodontics can also help keep your mouth healthy. Crooked teeth can be harder to clean, putting you at risk for cavities and gum disease. Put simply, orthodontics can straighten your teeth, correct your bite and can improve your facial profile (shape). 

What can I do to get straighter teeth?

Orthodontic treatment has become more and more accessible in recent years, and the methods of teeth straightening are progressing dramatically with technological developments, creating an entire experience that is quicker, more effective and less invasive than in the past. These include:

Metal braces/Traditional braces
These are the metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word "braces." However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious "metal-mouth" braces that many adults remember. 

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

Lingual Braces
Lingual braces are the same as traditional metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are placed on the inside (back) of teeth.

Invisalign
Invisalign consists of a series of custom-made, mouth guard-like clear plastic aligners. The aligners are removable and are replaced every 2 weeks.

This is a very basic description of current orthodontic processes. With constantly updating technologies incorporating 3D imaging and specialised software to calculate and computerise the end result of orthodontic treatment, helping both patients and orthodontists choose the best and most effective treatment has never been easier!

Do I need an orthodontist to straighten my teeth?

Orthodontists are specialists in their field. They have completed both a general dentistry degree and a masters degree in orthodontics (an additional 3 year course at university). An orthodontist only performs orthodontic treatment which means that they have more experience and a higher level of knowledge because this is what they do all day, every day.  Some general dentists are qualified to perform Invisalign and fit braces. These dentists have undertaken additional professional training and studies to be able to provide orthodontic solutions in some cases.  Modern technology has also simplified the process of applying braces, having a computer design each bracket and a laboratory manufacture it to specification. Speak to your dentist if you are interested in straightening your teeth and they will be able to work with you on the best treatment solution for you and if necessary will organise a referral to an orthodontist.



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Invisalign

Invisalign


The Invisalign System is a nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth and improve your smile without traditional braces. Invisalign treatment works through a series of clear, comfortable and removable aligners. Each aligner is slightly different, moving your teeth gradually into the desired position. 
If you’re ready for a smile that transforms your appearance, Invisalign is your answer. Invisalign treatment straightens your teeth through a series of clear, comfortable and removable aligners. Each aligner is slightly different, moving your teeth gradually into the desired position.

How old are people with Invisalign?

Invisalign is the virtually invisible and hygienic alternative to braces that can help you achieve a proper bite and a straight teeth comfortably. Everyone from teens to seniors can reap the benefits of Invisalign, but due to its discrete appearance, has been extremely popular among adults who might not feel confident wearing braces.  Using advanced 3D software, Invisalign even allows you to see the end results of treatment before you even start. Invisalign won’t interfere with your lifestyle – and has even been proven to be as effective as traditional braces for treating a wide variety of orthodontic issues.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Having straight teeth isn’t just important for children, but for adults as well. The older generation did not have access to orthodontics in the same way the current generation does – the process has been hugely popularised and streamlined. This means even at an older age, adults can now straighten their teeth for both cosmetic and oral health reasons, quicker and more effectively than they ever could have imagined. In fact, it is getting increasingly common for adults to opt for Invisalign, with some orthodontists even focusing on the adult demographic.

Can my dentist provide Invisalign?

More and more dentists are staring to offer Invisalign, as the software and laboratory support does most of the required work, as opposed to the more technical process of fitting traditional braces. As mentioned, Invisalign entails a series of mouth moulds which dentists are more than accustomed to doing for similar procedures such as mouthguards and dentures. From here, the mould is sent to the lab so the retainers can be manufactured. So while orthodontists are obviously more qualified in the entire teeth straightening experience, many general dentists are able to provide you with Invisalign.



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Mouthguards

Mouthguards

A mouthguard is an appliance that is made to fit your mouth and offers protection for your teeth, jaw joints, soft tissue and neck against injuries and may even help reduce concussion when playing sports like football, boxing and hockey or participating in high impact activities. They literally offer a protective barrier around the teeth to prevent injury to the individual as well as others. Mouthguards are recommended for active people, as sport is one of the most common causes of dental injury.  

Do dentists make mouthguards?

Many, if not all dentists make mouthguards. A mouthguard is a great preventive measure to avoid serious dental injury, which is why dentists are so passionate about the use of a properly fitted mouthguard. Although mouthguards are available off the shelf in chemists and even supermarkets, having a custom fitted mouthguard is invaluable to a player as it can often be the difference between it working as it is supposed to and not working at all or falling out! A custom fitted mouthguard is also much more comfortable to wear. On appointment your dentist will take an impression of your teeth using a soft, gooey material. Then a replica model is made of your teeth. A soft plastic form is then applied to the model of your teeth and creates the mouthguard.

Why do I need a mouthguard? 

Injury prevention is the number one reason to wear a mouthguard. If you play a sport or are involved in activities where your mouth or face could be in danger, it is smart and safe to wear a mouthguard. One little slip-up can cause serious damage which could affect you for the rest of your life. Many serious dental injuries are caused by tooth trauma and your teeth are an important asset. Wearing a properly fitted mouthguard when necessary will help you protect them.



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Free Parking

Free Parking

Many of our practices offer free and easy parking, search our practices to find out if your closest dentist offers free parking so you can work it into your next dental visit.



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Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

Our practices recognise wheelchair access is important to many patients so endeavour to make their surgery as wheelchair friendly as possible with ramps or lifts. While most of our practices are wheelchair accessible, if you or a family member depend on a wheelchair for mobility, search your closest dental practice to double check their practice is wheelchair accessible.



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HICAPS

HICAPS

HICAPS is an easy way to process health fund payments across Australia saving time for patients and your health provider. 

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