Straight teeth offer so much more than just a beautiful smile – orthodontic alignment can also improve the health of your teeth, gums, underlying skeletal jaw bone and even improve speech. At Smile Central, our gentle dentist will not only examine your teeth individually, but also assess the overall function positioning of your upper and lower jaws. In many cases, dental problems experienced later on in life could have been prevented if orthodontic treatment was performed during the patient’s younger years, before the impact of age related wear and tear occurs.
Luckily, orthodontic correction can be done at any age and the benefits last a lifetime. Traditional braces are the most reliable and trusted option when it comes to orthodontics.
If you feel that your teeth may look similar to these, then orthodontics is something we would highly recommend that you consider.
How do traditional braces work?
Gone are the days when a thick metal band was placed around each and every tooth. Orthodontic appliances are now more comfortable and can be made of metal, ceramic or plastic. They may be removable or they may be fixed onto the teeth with an adhesive bonding agent. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, appliances are designed and adjusted to slowly re-align teeth into more optimal positions.
Fixed brackets can be clear ceramic or silver metallic, colours can be added in the form of ligature ties that hold the wire in place. Wires are far less noticeable than they used to be and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort than ever before.
Visits occur every 4-6 weeks during which the orthodontic dentist, Dr Chris Lauf, monitors tooth movement and makes adjustments to the braces. To achieve long lasting results, perfect alignment of straight teeth usually takes anywhere between one to three years. After optimal correction has been achieved, the braces are removed, giving you total transformation of your smile and improved function. It is very important that teeth are retained in their final position for a period of time after braces are removed to avoid relapse. This includes provision of removable clear plastic plates, called retainers. Clear orthodontic retainers are very comfortable and ensure that your teeth stay straight.
While your braces are on, it is imperative that your teeth and gums remain healthy to avoid any delays with your orthodontic treatment. Our patients have the benefit of visiting our hygienist for regular 3-6 monthly clean and fluoride treatments to prevent other dental issues from occurring. The benefit of visiting Smile Central in Aspley for fixed orthodontic braces, is that you can gain confidence that the condition of your teeth underneath the braces is also being monitored along the way when you visit us for routine dental check and cleans.
How do I know if I need orthodontics or can benefit from braces?
Visit for a normal dental check up
Firstly a detailed dental examination is required to ensure your teeth are healthy and deemed ready for orthodontics. Orthodontic treatment is generally not recommended until the mouth is in good condition, without any signs of gum disease or tooth decay. During a normal dental check up with us at Smile Central, you will be advised if orthodontic treatment is something that would benefit you.
1st appointment : A series of dental records including multiple radiographs (x-rays), photographs, impressions to make models of your teeth are required for Dr Chris Lauf to analyse, measure and formulate a suitable course of treatment specifically designed to correct your orthodontic problems and straighten your teeth. A 3D face scan (CBCT Imaging) is also conducted to ensure enhanced accuracy in diagnosis and detailed planning of your case.
2nd appointment : 1 on 1 consultation: Dr Chris Lauf presents a summary of clinical findings and diagnosis, explaining treatment options available to achieve the results you desire. This is the best time to ask any questions you may have about orthodontic treatment and how it will impact you or your child. An estimate of costs will also be presented for your further consideration and health insurance rebate enquiries.
We recommend and facilitate monthly payment plans for orthodontic treatment .