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Orthodontics is the field of dentistry that focuses on preventing and correcting misaligned teeth and/or jaw. This improves both the function and appearance of your teeth while ensuring your teeth, jaw and bite are working together. If they are not working in harmony your speech and chewing ability can be affected, impacting on your daily quality of life.
Contrary to common thought, orthodontics is not strictly for adolescents. It can provide great benefits for all ages. Modern advancements in orthodontic technology have moved away from unsightly metal braces, providing a range of new, highly effective, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing treatment options such as Invisalign and lingual braces.
Orthodontic treatments are suitable for all ages, not just teenagers and young adults. There are no restrictions on age, most people who have dental misalignment can benefit from undertaking orthodontic treatment.
People of any age are suitable for orthodontic treatment; hence the right time to start orthodontic treatment is circumstantial, dependant on particular dental issues.
At North Sydney Dental Practice, we would recommend children between 8-10 years old should undergo an initial assessment so that any issues can be recognised early and an appropriate treatment plan can be delivered with a recommended start date. It is generally suggested that orthodontic treatment begins after all permanent teeth have come in, but this will vary for each patient based on their individual circumstances.
It is also imperative that you or your children keep their bi-annual (six month) comprehensive dental assessments, to ensure that our dentists are able to monitor the movement and growth of your teeth.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment which uses clear, almost invisible, aligners that are changed every two weeks for a new set of aligners. Generally, a treatment plan will utilise between 18-36 different aligners throughout the course of treatment. As each aligner is placed, the teeth will be moved slightly, ultimately leading towards the patient’s ideal functional and cosmetic alignment. Invisalign is utilised to correct overbites, under-bites, cross-bites and a number of other teeth misalignments.
Invisalign is not always the best treatment for patients; hence our team at North Sydney Dental Practice will provide you with all the relevant information of all orthodontic options available to you. Some patients may require a more multilayered treatment, which may involve a number of treatments, or perhaps braces may be a more suitable orthodontics treatment to reach a straight smile. To book your consultation, please contact our friendly staff on (02) 9922 1476.
Invisalign has paved a new road to achieve excellent orthodontic results, without the use of braces. Invisalign utilises a clear set of retainers which are changed at regular intervals to gradually shift your teeth into their optimal alignment. Invisalign is particularly popular because it can do all this and remain virtually undetectable to the naked eye. Contact our friendly team on (02) 9922 1476 to arrange an invisalign consultation.
Furthermore, Invisalign does not require you to watch what you eat and drink as you can remove the aligners during meals or while you’re having a drink. This makes brushing, flossing and maintaining your oral hygiene an easy process throughout your treatment.
With treatment usually lasting for around 12 months, Invisalign is a comfortable, easy and virtually invisible way to address issues such as crowded, crooked or gapped teeth giving you a bright healthy smile.
Invisalign offers a number of benefits in comparison to traditional braces including:
Aesthetics – because Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible, people are less likely to notice that you are straightening your teeth
Eat what you want – with traditional braces it is recommended that you avoid foods such as chewing gum, hard foods and crunchy foods that could potentially damage your brackets and wires. With Invisalign, your aligners can be removed before eating so you can easily eat all of the foods you enjoy.
Hygiene – unlike traditional braces which require additional hygiene considerations, Invisalign can be removed and teeth can be brushed and flossed as per usual.
Comfort – no getting your tongue or soft tissue caught on hard brackets and wires; Invisalign aligners are made of a smooth molded plastic material which causes minimal interference in your mouth.
While Invisalign is an excellent orthodontic option for many patients, there are potential drawbacks to the treatment including:
Extra responsibility – during your Invisalign treatment, it is up to you to ensure that you follow the treatment course as given by your dentist. The results are dependent on ensuring you wear your aligners as given by your dentist.
Inconvenience when eating – your Invisalign aligners must be removed each time you eat. This can be seen as an inconvenience to many people when you are eating several times each day.
Difficulty speaking – some patients find it difficult adjusting to having the aligners in their mouth which ultimately affects their speech. This varies for each patient and most often passes in time as you get used to your aligners over the course of your treatment.
With proper care and by following the guidance of your North Sydney Dental Practice dentist, your Invisalign results can last for a lifetime. It is important to speak with your dentist after your treatment is complete to ensure you have the knowledge and tools necessary to maintain your newly straightened smile.
As with any orthodontic treatment, your teeth may relapse and return to their pre-treatment position. To avoid this, your dentist may suggest additional aligners or a removable retainer to be worn occasionally (typically just at night) to maintain your teeth’s new position.
Contact our team on (02) 9922 1476 for more information or to arrange a consultation. We are conveniently located in North Sydney.
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