Orthodontic Treatment (Braces & Invisalign) Paddington
At Red Hill Dental we understand how straight teeth can help improve your smile.
If you suffer from crowded teeth, overbites or underbites, has an incorrect jaw position or jaw joint disorder, then orthodontic may be an option.
By focusing on straightening your teeth, orthodontic treatment can help you to correct crooked, misaligned, and overlapped teeth.
Dr Henry offers both Braces and Clear Aligners for Adults, Teens and Children.
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Types of Straightening Available
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel. Together with arch wires, they put pressure on your teeth and bone to straighten your teeth.There is an option of adding colourful or colourless elastics.
Invisible Orthodontic Appliances – Invisalign
Invisalign uses a series of almost invisible custom made removable aligners to help straighten your teeth. Since the aligners are removable, they will not affect eating and do not require additional time for brushing and flossing like metal braces. About every two weeks you will receive a new set of plastic clear removable aligners. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move until they have straightened to their final position.
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When it comes to options for straightening your children’s teeth, there is a variety of ways, common appliances are fixed braces or removable plates. Dr Henry will discuss the options that are best suited for your child when the time comes.
“Most orthodontic treatment begins between ages 9 and 14. However, by age 7, problems with jaw growth or emerging teeth can be identified. This is significant, since many orthodontic problems are more easily and appropriately treated at an early age”.
While teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem only your dentist may detect. If a problem is identified, immediate treatment may not be required and often, mild problems are monitored on a six month or annual basis until your child grows.
Braces or Plates may be recommended by Dr Henry for your child’s orthodontic options.
Plates are made of a hard plastic and are removable. They are mostly made to adjust top teeth in young children who have minor crowding or bite issues. A plate has wires and springs that push the teeth or hold the teeth into position. Plates can sometimes be used as the first phase of the straightening process or as a complete treatment.
In some cases, early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing, making treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. Typically, early treatment involves the use of a plate to guide jaw and tooth development, creating a better environment for adult teeth as they emerge. In fact, some cases cannot achieve the same result once the face and jaws are more mature.
“Because adolescents are still growing, this is often the optimal time to correct orthodontic problems and achieve excellent results”.
Most patients begin orthodontic treatment between ages 9 and 16; however, this varies depending on the individual.
Most orthodontic problems are inherited. Examples of these genetic problems are: crowding; excess space between teeth; protruding upper teeth; extra or missing teeth; and jaw growth problems. Other orthodontic problems are acquired over time. They can be caused by thumb-sucking or finger-sucking as a child; mouth breathing; dental disease; abnormal swallowing; poor dental hygiene; the early or late loss of baby (primary) teeth; accidents; poor nutrition; or medical conditions.
Treatment is important because crooked or crowded teeth can be more difficult to clean, which may contribute to cavities and gum disease. An improper bite can also cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces; difficulty in chewing and/or speaking; excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue; and possible jaw joint problems. Without treatment, problems may become worse. Orthodontic treatment to correct a problem may prove less costly than the additional dental care required to treat the same problem in later years.
The emotional side of an unattractive smile can affect children in the formative years.
When children are not confident about the way they look, self-esteem can suffer. Teenagers with orthodontic problems left untreated may go through life feeling self-conscious, hiding their teeth and their smile.
It is never too late to get the straight smile you’ve always wanted!
Orthodontics is not just for teenagers, as healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Many adults are considering orthodontic treatment for aesthetic reasons, as well as to correct misaligned teeth that are hard to clean and can make chewing difficult.
Dr Henry will determine if orthodontic treatment is suitable for you by assessing your gum health, your general health, and what problems you are trying to fix with orthodontics.
Dr Henry recently wrote about this topic in an article found here.