Orthodontics North Lakes and Mango Hill
Not many of us are born with perfectly placed teeth, we may have overcrowding or teeth that don’t sit in a perfectly shaped arch.
Orthodontics (or braces) is the most popular way to straighten crooked teeth and help give us the Hollywood smile most of us desire.
Having crooked or misplaced teeth can make it very difficult to brush and can result in tooth decay.
If we are not happy with our teeth we may feel reluctant to smile, we will cover our mouth or avoid smiling altogether.
Beautiful straight teeth can make us feel more confident and give us a brighter outlook.
Orthodontic treatment can be cosmetic, to improve a person’s appearance, but it often aims to improve oral function, too.
If you have any of the following, you may be the perfect candidate for orthodontic treatment:
Overbite, also called “buck teeth” —the upper front teeth protrude (stick out) above the lower teeth.
Underbite — a bulldog-like appearance in which the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back when the mouth is closed.
Crossbite — some of the upper teeth come down slightly inside of the lower teeth when biting together, rather than on the outside as they normally would.
Open bite — there is space between the biting surfaces of the front and/or side teeth when biting together.
Misplaced midline— the centre of your upper front teeth does not align with the centre of your lower front teeth.
Spacing — spaces between teeth as a result of missing teeth or teeth that have gaps between them
Crowding —there are too many teeth on the dental ridge.
Benefits of Orthodontics
Orthodontic treatments are carried out to achieve the following:
- a beautiful smile
- closing gaps between the teeth
- aligning the ends of the teeth
- straightening crooked teeth
- improving speech and/or chewing
- boosting the long-term health of gums and teeth
- preventing long-term excessive wear or trauma of the teeth
- making cleaning and hygiene easier therefore decreasing chances of cavities forming
- addressing an improper bite
Treatment can enhance the appearance of the teeth, but it can also result in better chewing and speech ability and help protect teeth from damage or tooth decay, in some cases.
Orthodontic devices can be Fixed or Removable
Fixed orthodontic appliances include:
The most common fixed orthodontic appliances are braces, which consist of bands, wires, and/or brackets.
Bands are attached around the teeth or tooth, and used as anchors for the appliance, while brackets are most often fixed to the front of the tooth.
Archwires are passed through the brackets and attached to the bands. Adjusting the archwire puts pressure on the teeth, gradually moving them to their proper position.
Braces are usually adjusted every month to bring about the desired results, which may be achieved within a few months to a few years.
Fixed space maintainers
If a baby (temporary or milk) tooth is lost prematurely, a space maintainer is used to keep the space vacant until the permanent tooth develops and erupts.
Without this space maintainer the premature loss of a baby tooth can cause issues with the placement of the erupting adult tooth.
A band is attached to the tooth next to the space, and a wire is extended to the tooth on the other side of the space.
On completion of orthodontics it is suggested that fixed retainers be placed.
This is a thin piece of strong orthodontic wire that is attached behind the front teeth to help keep them in place. It is advised that orthodontic patients wear this fixed retainer for life.
Removable orthodontic appliances include:
An alternative to conventional metal braces for adults, aligners are used to move teeth, similar to how fixed appliances work, only without metal wires and brackets.
Aligners are virtually invisible and are removed when eating, brushing, and flossing.
Jaw repositioning appliances
Sometimes called splints or night guards, these devices are worn on either the upper or lower jaw and help guide the jaw to close in a more favourable position.
They may be used for patients with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) or for people who grind their teeth in their sleep.
Used to widen the arch of the upper jaw. An expander is a plastic plate that is worn over the roof of the mouth.
Outward pressure exerted to the plate by screws forces the joints in the bones of the palate to open lengthwise, widening the palatal space.
These removable retainers prevent the teeth from moving back to their previous positions following orthodontics.
They are made from thin, clear, medical grade plastic and are designed to fit your teeth perfectly. They are usually only worn at night
A strap is placed around the back of the head and attached to a metal wire in front, also called face bow.
Headgear slows down the growth of the upper jaw and holds the back teeth while the front teeth are pulled back.
Orthodontics in North Lakes and Mango Hill
Orthodontics plays a great role in building one’s self-esteem.
At Passion Family Dental North Lakes, we believe high-quality dental care can only be achieved by placing our customers first.
We have free parking, allocated specifically for our patients, available on-site, as well as on-street parking.
We are wheelchair friendly!
New Patient Professional Check-up and Clean
Adult Check-up + Clean for $178 only (Includes: Exam, Scale and Clean, Fluoride, two X-rays).
We are located at Unit 4/6 Endeavour Boulevard in North Lakes.