We’ve found that many of our patients see braces and orthodontic treatments as being for children and adolescents. But we believe everyone deserves an attractive and healthy smile regardless of age.
At TCare Dental Centre, we work with patients of all ages – providing orthodontic treatments designed to correct the alignment of your teeth. We incorporate orthopedic interventions in many cases, reducing the stress of correcting jaw and bite irregularities with braces alone.
How do Braces Work?
Braces and other orthodontic appliances straighten the teeth by applying gentle pressure to gradually move them into the desired position. Traditionally, braces were used in virtual isolation to straighten misaligned teeth. But the modern approach we take at TCare Dental Centre sees many of our orthodontic treatments paired with orthopedic interventions.
Each case is slightly different. But Dr Hoang Nhan will create a customized treatment program describing how your treatment will proceed. Some patients will immediately get a complete set of braces, while others might proceed with orthodontic treatment in phases.
What Are Braces Used For?
Some of the most common orthodontic corrections made possible with the use of braces include treatments for:
- $Overbites – where the upper front teeth protrude over the lower front teeth
- $Underbites – where the lower teeth jut out past the upper teeth
- $Crossbites – where the upper teeth meet inside the lower teeth
- $Open bites – where the upper and lower teeth don’t line up properly
We provide orthodontic treatments to children as young as seven years old – the earlier we identify and correct an orthodontic problem, the better. But that does not mean that orthodontic treatment cannot be effective well into maturity. Most patients can expect treatment to last anywhere from six to 30 months, depending on the severity of the orthodontic problem.
Braces For Kids
Early orthodontic treatments are perhaps the surest way to prevent certain conditions from developing. We’ve treated emerging orthodontic conditions in children ages seven and eight. Treating youngsters while they are still growing often means that we can avoid additional treatment when they are older.
Some of the orthodontic and orthopedic therapies and appliances we offer include:
- $ A trainer for kids. This appliance looks similar to a mouthguard and can help teeth grow properly and correct habits such as tongue thrusting.
- $ The Myobrace. Wearing this appliance and performing myofunctional exercises can actually eliminate the need for braces because it can help correct many of the problems that lead to crooked teeth.
- $Individual Patient (IP) orthodontic appliances. These custom-made brackets from the United States are designed for each patient’s unique case, allowing for more efficient, precise teeth moving.
Braces For Adult
If you missed out on the opportunity to have braces as a child, or if you have suffered an orthodontic relapse with teeth that have shifted out of alignment over the years, TCare Dental Centre may be able to help. At our Villawood, NSW clinic, we offer adult braces that can give you a straight, beautiful smile that might also be healthier.
Should I Brush My Teeth While Wearing Braces?
Should I Brush My Teeth While Wearing Braces?
While wearing braces, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, although it is preferable to brush after every meal to prevent bacteria, plaque and food building up. Ensure that you brush your teeth before going to bed. To further protect your teeth, you can also use a tooth mousse.
Clear Aligner Braces
Many adults are uncomfortable with the idea of wearing traditional braces due to how they appear. Clear aligner braces are a strongly viable alternative for most, permitting adults the opportunity to forego months or even years with metal brackets in their smiles.
Because the clear aligners are removable, you can take them out for eating and cleaning your teeth. This dramatically reduces the imposition of restrictions on what you can and cannot eat. Our chosen clear aligner product, Clear Correct, ensures minimal imposition on your life.
In addition, if you will be participating in a social event or have an important work meeting, you can take out the aligners for a few hours without impacting your treatment. However, we recommend that you wear the aligners for at least 22 hours each day to keep treatment on course.
Clear aligner braces work by gently nudging the teeth into the desired position with a series of fitted aligners that you change out every few weeks. Busy adults appreciate that treatment is usually shorter than traditional braces—generally six to 18 months—and you need fewer trips to the dental clinic since there are no adjustments necessary.
Sometimes, the demands of a particular orthodontic treatment are beyond what can be achieved with clear aligners. In these cases, we may recommend that even adults choose to have traditional braces put in.
For patients with bite-related issues, orthodontics can protect oral health by minimizing the risk of undue wear on the teeth, chewing problems, and other jaw-related difficulties. In addition, however, we offer a range of options designed to reduce the visual elements of your treatment. For example, tooth-coloured ceramic options, and often the choice to have braces on the back of your teeth, can each be undertaken so that their presence is barely noticeable.
Frequently asked question.
What Are Dental Braces?
What Are The Different Types of Braces?
Metal braces are made up of wires and metal brackets, making them highly noticeable. On the other hand, ceramic braces, which are the same shape and size as metal braces, feature clear or tooth-coloured brackets that are subtle but can stain easily.
Another subtle option is invisible braces, commonly known as Invisalign, which are clear plastic aligners that shift the position of your teeth over time.
What Are The Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment?
While many patients turn to orthodontic treatment to enhance the appearance of their smile, there are many other benefits, including:
- Improved oral function
- Minimised pain or stress of jaw joints
- Easier cleaning of teeth and reduced risk of gum disease, plaque build-up and tooth decay
- Reduced risk of wear or damage to teeth
If left untreated, many oral health issues can worsen over time. Talk to your experienced dentist at TCare Dental Centre to determine if orthodontic treatment is proper for you.
Why do I Need Braces?
There are many reasons why people of all ages require braces. Commonly, braces are used to fix orthodontic issues such as crooked, misaligned or gapped teeth. Braces can also alter an overbite, underbite or crossbite and can even reposition your jaw.
They are also famous for cosmetic purposes, with many patients choosing braces to help create a straight smile. If you’re unsure if you need braces or if they are a suitable option for you, call the team at TCare Dental Centre today to book a consultation.