Paddington Teeth Straightening
At Red Hill Dental in Paddington we understand how straight teeth can help improve your smile, Dr Henry offers both Braces and Clear Aligners for Adults, Teens and Children.
By focusing on straightening your teeth, orthodontic treatment can help you correct crooked, misaligned and overlapped teeth in addition, orthodontic treatments may correct your bite and the function of correctly aligned jaws. Click here to see more real life patients treatment results.
If you or someone you know suffers from crowded teeth, overbites or underbites, has an incorrect jaw position or jaw joint disorder then orthodontic may be an option.
You might need to have your teeth straightened if …
You lost your baby teeth relatively early in life.
Your teeth look crowded or crooked.
Your jaw shifts or makes sounds.
You are constantly biting the sides of your cheek or hitting the roof of your mouth.
You have a difficult time chewing your food.
Types of Straightening Available
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces you can have to straighten your teeth. They are certainly more comfortable today than they are known to of been in the past, metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel and, together with arch wires, put pressure on your teeth and bone to straighten your teeth. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colourful or colourless elastics, the choice is yours.
Invisible Orthodontic Appliances – Invisalign
Invisalign uses a series of almost invisible custom made removable aligners to help straighten your teeth. These plastic aligners are comfortable and have no metal to adjust to during treatment. Since the aligners are removable, they also do not affect eating and do not require additional time for brushing and flossing like metal braces.
Your Invisalign treatment may vary, however about every two weeks you will receive a new set of plastic clear removable aligners. Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth, and your teeth only. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to their final position.
What is Invisalign?
What is the right age?
Are you too old for braces? It is never too late to get the straight smile you’ve always wanted, orthodontics is not just for teenagers! Healthy teeth can be moved at any age.
We have seen an increase of Adult Orthodontic treatments in recent years. Many adult patients have some form of orthodontic problem; perhaps it is that their teeth are crowded or their teeth have moved or tilted after an extraction.
Everyone wants a great-looking smile, it is a good way to boost your self-confidence, but more importantly, the potential health benefit of straightening misaligned teeth is big at any age. Misaligned teeth are harder to clean and can make chewing difficult, there are many reasons adults may consider orthodontic treatment.
Age really isn’t a factor when it comes to orthodontic treatment. 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.
A healthy bite is important at all ages. Even adults can benefit from the improvements that come from orthodontic treatment; age is not a consideration. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. However, treatment in children and teenagers who are still growing will yield better results than in adults, as their face and jaw are still growing.
Dr Henry recently wrote about this topic in an article found here.
Orthodontics for Children
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.
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.
Children with finger or thumb sucking habits can cause protrusion of the upper front teeth, hence requiring orthodontic treatment.
Children’s teeth erupting out of position can also be guided to proper alignment using orthodontic treatment. 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.
Orthodontics for Teens
Most patients begin orthodontic treatment between ages 9 and 16; however, this varies depending on the individual. Because adolescents are still growing, this is often the optimal time to correct orthodontic problems and achieve excellent results. 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.
Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic forces move the teeth in the same way for both adults and children. Complicating factors, such as lack of jaw growth, may create different treatment planning needs for adults.
With advances in technology, orthodontic treatment is faster and more comfortable, and braces are less noticeable than in the past. Depending on the patient, small metal braces, clear braces, lingual (behind the teeth) braces, or Invisalign can be used.
Whether you are in your twenties or sixties, the health and the appearance of your teeth are important. Orthodontic treatment is one of the best investments you can make in yourself.
If you have been thinking about straightening your teeth or have been told you may need orthodontic treatment to correct misaligned or a discoloured smile than come in and see Dr Henry to find out which treatment is right for you.
Red Hill Dental is currently offering a FREE 15 minute consultation with Dr Henry, he will assess your situation and exam your orthodontic options. Dr Henry will give your an honest opinion and advise you on your treatment options.