Braces in Melbourne are the gold standard in orthodontic treatment for controlled movement and alignment of teeth. The mechanics of braces have immensely changed over the last 50 years, with introduction of passive self-ligating systems. This has improved orthodontic treatment time, symptoms, and maintenance of the health of teeth and gums during treatment.
Our clinic uses well-established and globally recognised passive self-ligating systems (Carriere & Damon) for all our orthodontic patients. Options for more cosmetic braces options include ceramic (clear) braces; however, this option is case based and will require further discussion with your treating dental practitioner.
The environmental factors, including diet, breastfeeding, sleeping patterns, breathing and habits can all influence the development of teeth, airways, gums and facial profile.
Baby, or deciduous, teeth are critical to the correct alignment and development of adult teeth. By instilling good oral hygiene habits, regularly dental visits and diagnosis of possible complications early, we are able to treat and intervene to prevent further issues.
Brushing regularly from early age ensures that children understand the responsibility to look after their teeth, and the benefits of good diet and hydration.
The formation and eruption of baby teeth provides a child with increased chewing and eating capacity, but also improves speech function. In turn, the correct alignment of these teeth set up the adult teeth for eruption in the ideal position. When baby teeth are crowded, rotated, over-retained, removed or missing, this may lead to poor positioning of adult teeth. Often, this requires complex orthodontic correction in teenage and adult years.
Early intervention focusing on orthotropics, orthopaedics and orthodontics allow our clinicians to facilitate change in a developing child, and provide a stable framework for the future of your child’s teeth.
A range of fixed and removable appliances may be used. Commonly used appliances are fixed onto the upper or lower teeth, creating space and aligning both baby and adult teeth. The best age for this is during 7-9 years old, which means that diagnosis is best done just before this growth spurt. Predicting and using a child’s peak facial growth can meet improvements in facial profile and tooth position met with minimal resistance and maximum change.
These appliances are simple to use, and provide efficient and stable results. Often a child who uses these appliances may need further adjustment of their teeth in the future, but the change required is minimal.
Prior to any prosthetic or restorative work (such as implants, veneers, composite build-ups, full mouth rehabilitation), assessment for orthodontic management for your case is completed. The advantage of pre-prosthetic orthodontics includes
- More conservative approach to prosthetic/restorative work
- Aids in longevity of prosthetic work
- Improves hygiene practices
- Eliminates continual prosthetic work in the future
After any orthodontic treatment has been completed, patients need to dedicate lifelong retention to ensure no relapse from orthodontic treatment occurs.
Our clinic provides a range of removable and fixed retention options. These options will be discussed during and after your orthodontic treatment has been completed.