Orthodontics is a specialised discipline of dentistry concerned with aligning the teeth and jaws to improve your smile and oral health. Problems like crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or underbites may be corrected. Patients with orthodontic problems can benefit form orthodontic treatment at nearly any age and it is important to realise that there is no age limit!. An ideal time for placement of braces is between 10-14years of age, while the face and and teeth are still growing and teeth are more easily straightened. However with modern techniques and invisible braces an increasing number of adults are looking to orthodontic treatment to correct major or minor problems to improve their smiles. To see an overview of all types of braces watch the video below.
There’s no real age limit to orthodontic treatment as long as your teeth and gums are healthy. It is never too late to have a beautiful smile that you can show with confidence. Adult orthodontics is becoming more popular due an increased awareness of the importance of an aesthetically pleasing smile and the introduction of aesthetic and hidden braces. More significantly than ever before Dentists may recommend a short course orthodontic treatment to aid in the future placement of implants or bridges. Orthodontic treatment can be of great help as a first stage to either upright teeth or redistribute spaces between teeth to facilitate the placement of veneers, crowns, bridges, partial dentures or implants. More frequently than before many adults turn to orthodontic treatment to correct mild irregularities. Great technological advances of today has made possible the availability of more aesthetic treatment options. It doesn’t have to be the metal braces like before. Less visible options are the Invisalign clear aligners, Ceramic braces which blend in with the colour of the teeth or even Lingual braces which are fitted on back of teeth. Please click on this link to see a few examples of adult smiles created by Dr Dana Bondoc in the Portfolio section of this website.
We believe that early treatment is beneficial when needed, and many patients are pleasantly surprised to find that their treatment can be carried out at an early age. A beautiful smile together with straight teeth that function well can have a tremendous effect on children's self esteem, self confidence and long term dental health. It is a great investment for life!
Benefits of Braces
If your Dentist or Implant Specialist has made plans for you to have and implant in a gap where a tooth was removed a long time ago braces may be fitted at the request of your Implant Specialist by means of a referral letter to the Orthodontist. The Orthodontist will then fit a brace and upright the adjacent teeth and provide you with a retainer to maintain new positions of teeth. The Implant Specialist having been informed by the Orthodontist about the completion of Orthodontic active treatment will then arrange a series of appointments with you for the placement of the Implant.
Orthodontic braces play a important part in combined Orthodontic and Surgical treatment of more severe cases; for example late erupting teeth.
Orthodontics and Jaw surgery (Orthognathic Surgery) is usually carried out in a hospital setting to correct severe bites.
If you have a reversed bite the Orthodontist will assess the difficulty and will present you with a number of options.
There are many different types of braces. Below are the main categories explained.