Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes
in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of
dental and facial problems using appliances such
as braces. Braces are appliances that can be fitted
to teeth so that correction of dental and facial
problems can be achieved.
do I know if my child needs Orthodontic treatment?
is usually difficult for you to determine if treatment
is necessary because there are many problems that
can occur even though the front teeth look straight.
Also, there are some problems that look intimidating
and complex which will resolve on their own. Asking
your dentist is a good reference, but we are your
best resource since orthodontics is all we do.
We would be more than happy to see your child
and make any recommendations necessary.
are the early symptoms of orthodontic problems?
determining if treatment is necessary is difficult
for you to assess, the following symptoms may
help in prompting you to seek orthodontic advice.
Ask your child to open their mouth and let you
look at their teeth. If you see any signs of crooked
teeth, gaps between your childís teeth or overlapping
teeth, your child may need orthodontic treatment.
Ask your child to bite all the way down, but keeping
their lips open so you can see their teeth. Do
the front teeth line up with the bottom? Do the
top teeth protrude out away from the bottom teeth?
Do the top teeth overlap more than 50% of the
bottom teeth? Are the top teeth behind the bottom
teeth? All of these factors are indicators for
the potential need for orthodontic treatment.
Look at the alignment of your childís jaw. Does
the jaw shift off center when your child bites
down? If you see any misalignment of shifting
of the jaw, your child may have a skeletal imbalance,
which requires early orthodontic intervention.
These are only some of the obvious symptoms of
age should my child see an orthodontist?
Australian Association of Orthodontics recommends
that your child be evaluated by age seven. Early
detection of some orthodontic problems is important
in order to take early corrective action and avoid
more difficult treatment later.
you be too old for orthodontic treatment?
age is not a factor, only the health of your gums
and bone, which support your teeth. About 40%
of our orthodontic patients are adults and that
number is still growing!
Orthodontic treatment has improved dramatically.
As a rule, braces make your teeth sore for a few
days, but it is not painful. This annoyance can
be relieved with over the counter pain reliever.
Todayís braces are smaller, more comfortable and
use technology that reduces the discomfort. We
use the latest in miniature braces and the highest
quality orthodontic materials in order to reduce
discomfort and treatment time.
I still have braces if I have missing teeth?
When teeth are missing, adjacent teeth can tip
into the empty space. This often causes a functional,
aesthetic or periodontal (gum tissue) problem.
Orthodontic treatment will correct and prevent
these problems from happening and will also provide
proper alignment for your dentist to replace the
is full or comprehensive orthodontic treatment?
is another name for orthodontic treatment of the
permanent teeth at any age. It is more commonly
used when a Phase I treatment was not undertaken.
everyone need a Phase I treatment?
not! Only certain bites require early intervention.
All others can wait until most if not all of the
permanent teeth have erupted.
I wait on Phase I/Interceptive Orthodontic treatment
until my child is older?
is not recommended. If your child needs Phase
I treatment this usually means that they have
a difficult problem that requires attention now.
If no orthodontic treatment is undertaken, treatment
options become limited, more difficult, and the
long term stability may be compromised. In addition,
it may lead to the need for permanent tooth extractions,
oral surgery or increased costs.
is the length/duration of orthodontic treatment?
may be on between 12 months to 30 months, or longer
depending on the age of the patient, the severity
of the problem, the patientís cooperation, and
the degree of movement required.
are the different types of braces?
braces are available in bright purple, pink, green,
black etc. As a parent you will have to decide
whether you want your children to have plain braces
or something more modern and stylish. As an adult
or teenage patient, the option of clear, translucent
braces is often a popular one in an effort to
here for pictures of various types of braces.
are lingual braces?
braces are mounted behind a patientís teeth. They
were used many years ago, before the advent of
orthocosmetic braces. Lingual braces are rarely
used anymore. Generally, lingual braces are more
uncomfortable than standard braces. Orthodontic
treatment takes twice as long and is more costly.
In addition, some people have trouble talking
with lingual braces. Presently, lingual braces
are only used in special clinical cases.
orthodontic care expensive?
orthodontic treatment is implemented at the proper
time, treatment is often less costly than the
dental care required to treat the more serious
problems that can develop years later.
Orthodontic fees have not increased as fast as
many other consumer products. Financing is usually
available and out office offers many payment programs
that will meet your needs. In addition, many private
health insurance plans now include orthodontics.