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Teeth Straightening - Where do I start?

If you’ve been thinking about getting braces or clear aligners to straighten your teeth, it’s crucial to remember that this is not a decision that should be made lightly. The benefits of correct dental alignment are numerous, including improved confidence in your smile and better overall oral health. Before making any decisions about which option is best for you or your child, it’s recommended that you seek the expert opinion of an experienced dentist. The team at Dentists at Surrey Hills has years of experience helping patients choose the right treatment for their specific needs. They are dedicated to delivering the highest quality care possible and always take a tailored approach to each patient. So why wait? Schedule a consultation today to gain a deeper understanding of your options and receive the support you need to make the best decision.

5 Teeth Straightening Methods

1. Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are quite popular in Australia among adults and older teens. They are clear or tooth-coloured brackets and wires and are much less noticeable than standard metal braces. These also work similarly to metal braces and achieve the same results of straightening your teeth for a perfect smile.

2. Lingual (Inside) Braces

Lingual braces are truly invisible because they are attached to the inside surfaces of your teeth. They are comfortable, effective and custom-made to follow your tooth contours. However, these can impact speech and eating due to their location near the tongue.

3. Clear Aligners

Clear plastic aligners offer an almost invisible alternative to fixed braces. They are removable and suitable for correcting less severe orthodontic problems. However, it is crucial to wear these clear aligners consistently for successful teeth straightening.

4. Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces remain common for kids, teens, and budget-conscious adults. Small metal brackets are attached to the teeth and connected with a thin wire. These require regular adjustments to gradually align teeth and correct the bite.

5. Teeth Veneers

While not a traditional orthodontic method, veneers can also improve the appearance of crooked teeth. Teeth veneers are thin shells placed over the front surface of teeth to create a straighter smile. They do not physically move teeth but provide a cosmetic solution.

Frequently Asked Questions

Constant light force moves teeth through bone.

Teeth can move through the bone they sit in. Bone can change shape and be remoulded. Teeth are harder than bone. As long as you don’t push a tooth hard enough to break/snap it, then the bone will dissolve out of the tooth way and reform as the tooth moves.

The most common way to apply force to a tooth is by using wires that have a ‘memory’. The wire is bent and connected to a tooth. As the wire straightens to the shape it “remembers” the tooth moves with it (Traditional Braces).

Early treatment: From about 7- 9 year olds. This is often a treatment that attempts to influence or affect bone growth e.g. palatal dividers or expansion Teenage treatment: Most people are able to start orthodontic treatment once the last baby teeth are lost. However, it can vary and also be suitable for ages of 11 years to 16 years. Often this treatment involves a person with teeth that are too big to fit into their mouth neatly. Usually, braces are used. Dental care for children is crucial for healthy teeth that can last a lifetime.

Adult treatment: Teeth straightening treatments take much longer and cause discomfort for adults than for children. This is because teeth growth has slowed down and dental problems may require jaw surgery and braces. Don’t be “put off” seeking treatment because braces can often correct minor irregularities that annoy adults for life. Adult orthodontic treatment can include the up righting to teeth so successful bridgework can be completed the close a gap made by extractions.

Not enough space for all your teeth to fit in your mouth

Your teeth bit into places that will damage other teeth or your mouth in the longer term

So you look more beautiful [we already think you are beautiful just the way you are]

The price for orthodontic treatment varies depending on procedure times and whether you want to treat both upper and lower teeth. For the upper arch alone, the pricing starts from $3000 and above. Both upper and lower start from $5000 (can use both metal/ceramics braces as well as Invisalign ® type clear aligners.)

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