At Evolve Orthodontics we are able to treat patients of all ages.
Children who suck their thumb or have crossbites, protruding front teeth, underbites, overbites, or other alignment problems can be effectively treated with early care.
Timely orthodontic treatment for children may:
- Lower the risk of injury to protruded front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve the width of the dental arches
- Simplify and shorten treatment time for full braces
- Reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth
- Guide permanent teeth into more favourable positions
- Improve lip closure
Orthodontics is no longer the sole domain of children. Breakthrough advancements have been made in the area of aesthetics, resulting in braces and appliances that are much less noticeable. As an adult, there are many reasons why you may consider orthodontic treatment, all of which can continue to be beneficial to your teeth as you age.
The benefits of adult orthodontics include:
- Enhanced appearance and self-confidence
- Corrected crooked teeth and closed gaps
- Being prepared for restorative dentistry, such as implants or bridges
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialised area of dentistry that involves diagnosis, prevention, and treatment in the alignment of teeth, jaws, and facial structure.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who has taken on the specialty field of orthodontics by completing the following:
- Bachelor degree in Dentistry (Five years)
- Masters degree in Orthodontics (Three years)
- Is registered as a Specialist in Orthodontics by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
An orthodontist is the most qualified person to diagnose, prevent, and treat any problems you might have with the alignment of your teeth and jaws.
Why straighten teeth?
People have orthodontic treatment to improve the appearance, health, and function of their teeth. People are very aware of how teeth look and an attractive smile can play an important role in enhancing self-confidence. These days, with good oral hygiene and regular dental care, your teeth should last a lifetime. Wouldn’t it be nice if they looked good too?
At what age should a child see an orthodontist?
We would recommend that any child aged seven or older be seen. Benefits of early intervention include:
- Reducing the need of extracting permanent teeth and future jaw surgery
- Preserving or gaining space for erupting permanent teeth
- Reducing the risk protruding teeth
- Correction of bite problems
- The straightening of crooked teeth
- Reducing and simplifying treatment time
- Improving self confidence and esteem
Do I need a referral to see an orthodontist?
No, a referral is not necessary. However, if you have regular dental appointments you may find that your dentist may suggest you see an orthodontist and give you a referral.
It’s more difficult to clean your teeth when they are crowded and overlapping. Inadequate cleaning is a major factor in tooth decay, gum disease, and eventual tooth loss. While it is possible to keep even the most crooked teeth clean, having your teeth straightened will make it easier for you to look after them.
It is claimed that some bad bites lead to clenching, grinding, and excessive wear and/or uneven wear of the teeth.
In severe malocclusion’s, the teeth can damage the gum. For example, in cases of deep bite, the lower front teeth can bite into the gum behind the upper front teeth.
Jaw joint problems
It is claimed that some bad bites stress the jaw joint, causing damage and pain in and around the joint.
Some people have difficulty speaking properly because of alignment problems with their teeth and jaws.
How can I brush with a regular toothbrush when I’m wearing braces?
First, you must turn the toothbrush at an angle. Brush over the front, back, and chewing areas of each tooth, the lower teeth and upper teeth, and then your tongue, gums, and the roof of your mouth. Finish by cleaning around your braces, brushing first from the top and then from the bottom. Be sure to brush gently, being careful not to break or bend any of the brackets or wires.