Treatment

A beautiful, healthy smile is one of the best investments you can make in your future.

At our practice, each patient has an individual treatment plan formulated for them to ensure facial and dental harmony using the latest technologies. We offer a wide range of orthodontic treatment to suit everyone’s needs.

Kids

Most people associate braces with teenagers and believe that orthodontics is something to worry about when their children have lost all of their baby teeth. Whilst this might be the case for most kids, there are some instances where appropriate early orthodontic appliances can promote teeth and jaws to grow into more favourable positions.

As a parent, it can be difficult to tell whether your child will benefit from early orthodontic treatment. While some signs your child might need orthodontic treatment are easy to spot, others can be more subtle or ones you didn’t know could potentially be resolved with orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontics Australia recommends that all children be screened by an orthodontist at 8 to 10 years of age to assess the growth of their teeth and jaws.

By age 8, most children will have all of their 6- year molars and most of their permanent incisors. With these teeth in place, an orthodontist can give an accurate diagnosis, treatment plan, and time table for what care your child will need over the following 5 to 10 years.

It is also a great opportunity to meet Dr. Anél and for your child to get to know her and the staff.

There is a wide variety of appliances to choose from when considering treatment for your child and Dr. Anél can help you choose the best option for your child if treatment is needed. One of the more common known methods is with a plate, but in some instances partial-braces on the front teeth or aligners are more appropriate.

Teens

These days orthodontic treatment is very common amongst teenagers and is widely accepted among peers. They often already know someone with braces or aligners and will have their own ideas about what treatment they might prefer.

You might have some different questions and one of the most common ones is knowing at what age to start orthodontic treatment for your teen. In reality, an orthodontist will base the timing of treatment on a developmental stage like when all the baby teeth have been lost. For some teens, the commencement of treatment may be based on a certain phase of growth and your child might start with treatment even though they still have a couple of baby teeth present.

Taking your child to see the orthodontist early, will help Dr. Anél to make an expert recommendation based on which option will be most effective for your child in regards to treatment cost and duration and she will help you choose an option that will suit you and your teen. It also gives your child time to get to know us well before they commence treatment.

Adults

Long gone are the days that orthodontic treatment was for children only. There has been a significant increase in the number of adults having orthodontic treatment over the last decade, mostly thanks to more aesthetic options that are now readily available.

There is no cut-off age for getting orthodontic treatment done. For some adults, it might be a simple desire to straighten their teeth as they never had the opportunity as a child, or maybe their teeth have moved and they would like it straightened again. For others, it could be an alternative to other dental treatments. For example, you may wish to close a space where you lost a tooth instead of having an implant, or your dentist might recommend you improve the position of broken teeth before having veneers done to give a better aesthetic outcome.

Is it worth it? Absolutely! Having a smile to be proud of will create confidence at any age.

Braces

Braces are a great option to ensure a successful outcome as they are always on your teeth and thus always working towards straightening your teeth, thus making it a great choice for those who want less responsibility. You don’t have to remove your braces to eat or remember to put them back in again.

Braces are still the preferred method to treat more difficult cases due to their versatility and powerful correction capacities. It is suitable for most patients and is guaranteed to give you a winning smile!

There are several different types of braces available to suit our patient’s treatment needs and budgets including traditional metal braces that can be made fun by adding braces colours, aesthetic ceramic braces, braces on the inside of your teeth and the latest in orthodontic technology – LightForce Braces. The precision of 3-D printing enables a tailored fit to the unique contours of each tooth, leading to faster treatment, enhanced comfort, and reduced time spent in the dental chair.

Aligners

Clear aligners are a great option for those who do not want to be seen wearing braces as they are nearly invisible. They consists of a series of customised, removable plastic trays that move your teeth bit by bit with every tray until they have straightened into the position predetermined by your orthodontist.

Aligners are a great option for people with busy schedules and can be managed with minimal time spent at the practice. Having no brackets or wires on your teeth makes it much easier to clean your teeth properly and also means that they are generally more comfortable in your mouth compared to braces.

If you have an important event, you can remove your aligners for a short period, allowing you complete freedom. Keep in mind, to ensure a successful treatment these trays should be worn 20-22 hours per day. As it is a removable appliance, it is important that you are very organised and diligent, as you are largely in charge of your own success.