What is orthodontics?
The aim of orthodontics is to prevent and treat misaligned teeth or jaws. Our Burwood dentists promote oral health by addressing crowded teeth, crooked teeth and poor jaw alignment. They also assist our patients in maintaining strong gums and teeth by correcting some of the underlying orthodontic issues that cause tooth loss and decay.
Most people seek orthodontic treatment to get an attractive, healthy smile. If you’re embarrassed about your smile, getting braces will significantly enhance how you feel and look.
Benefits of orthodontic treatment
How does orthodontic treatment work?
When the treatment is finished, most patients will require retainers to give their new bone a chance to support the teeth’s new positions.
Plastic, ceramic, and metal are used to make orthodontic appliances. They might be brackets attached to the teeth, or they might be removable.
The days of wrapping each tooth with a metal band and bracket are long gone. Now, you can select metal or clear brackets and even the colour of your appliance.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the duration of the orthodontic treatment?
What are some of the health risks linked to untreated orthodontic issues?
Health risks linked to untreated orthodontic problems include:
- Excessive or irregular tooth enamel wear
- Ear pain
- Poor dental hygiene, leading to a greater chance of gum disease and tooth decay
- Dental issues
- Facial or jaw pain
What are the treatment options for Orthodontics?
How should I care for my teeth if I'm wearing a retainer or braces?
- Make sure to make appointments with our dentist for your regular checkups. We recommend that you continue to visit our dentist every six months.
- Avoid eating foods that might get stuck in your braces (ribs, soft bagels, and corn on the cob), hard foods, and sticky foods ( gummy bears, chewing gum, caramel).
- Remember to floss once a day and brush your teeth after every meal.
- Try to stay away from sugary foods while you’re receiving treatment because they encourage the growth of more bacteria in your mouth, which leads to cavities and plaque.
- Brush your retainer lightly with toothpaste and a toothbrush to keep it clean. Also, never put your retainer in the dishwasher or hot water.
- If you remove your retainer for eating, ensure that you floss and brush your teeth. In addition, keep your retainer in its container to prevent loss or breakage.
- Use fluoride-containing toothpaste, and inquire if you require a fluoride rinse from our Burwood dentist. This will aid in cavity prevention