Orthodontics aims to correct improper bites and crooked teeth. Our Sydney & Chatswood Dentist Dr Finkelstein will use a variety of treatment options that may include traditional braces, invisalign braces and retainers.
Orthodontics can be used to improve many issues:
- crowded teeth
- openbite where front teeth don’t touch
- overbite where the front teeth overlap or bite into the palate
- missing teeth
- misaligned spacing of the teeth
Early monitoring of the teeth for these problems during childhood can correct the problems early, avoiding more serious problems in adulthood and help promote healthier teeth with less decay and less gum problems later in life.
Early orthodontics treatment can also have the following benefits:
- gain space for permanent teeth
- reduce treatment time with braces
- avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions
- reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth
For many patients the most important benefit of orthodontics is the confidence of having a symmetrical and beautiful smile!
However, if you have not had orthodontics treatment as a child, do not despair. Orthodontics treatment can be successful at any age and in Dr Finkelstein’s experience adults can gain greatly from orthodontic treatment because the drive and cooperation of adult patients provide a good foundation for successful orthodontic treatment.
How the orthodontics process works
The initial consultation identifies the problems and the treatment options. A treatment plan frequently involves diagnostic x-rays and the taking of mouth impressions in soft material that hardens to provide a model of your teeth.
Most commonly patients will then be fitted with braces that will straighten, separate and correct the positioning of the teeth. The braces straighten teeth by a combination of brackets that are bonded to the teeth, connected by archwires that gently guide your teeth as they move to their new positions. As the teeth move, the archwires are adjusted to move the teeth further into position. When the braces are first applied wax can be used to cover the brace points so they don’t irritate the inside of the patients’ lips. It is very important throughout the period of wearing the braces to keep the teeth well cleaned.
Frequently braces are worn together with elastic bands that are hooked around the points on the braces to pressure the teeth in their new direction. The elastic bands may be different colours of your choice, and often Dr Finkelstein’s young patients enjoy their choices of bright colours.
After the braces are removed retainers are worn to keep the teeth in their place. Retainers may either be bonded into place or be removable and be worn during the night time. It is important to keep up the routine of wearing the retainers for as long as you are advised to by Dr Finkelstein to ensure the lasting benefits of the orthodontic procedure.
What is the result of your orthodontic treatment?
The result of the orthodontic treatment can be straight, well positioned teeth that will help you to have healthy and strong teeth into your adulthood. Your problems with your bite can be improved and you will be more comfortable and proud of your smile.
Sydney dentist Dr Finkelstein can advise you on your options for treatment and assess whether orthodontic procedures may assist you. Contact us and book an appointment to discuss your options for treatment.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Dr Finkelstein will explain these to you carefully at the time of your consultation as well as address any questions you may have. We also recommend before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Dr Michael Finkelstein BDS