Orthodontics | Bracken Ridge Dental

Orthodontics

Get a straighter smile with braces or Invisalign® clear aligners.

If you have misaligned or protruding teeth, this doesn't only affect your appearance, it could also affect your ability to eat or speak and increase your oral health risks. Orthodontic treatment can bring your smile in line.

Orthodontics isn't just for teenagers. Australians are now choosing to straighten their teeth at all ages thanks to the development of more discreet options in braces and clear aligners that are virtually undetectable on the teeth.

If you think you could benefit from teeth straightening and you want to know what your options are, book an orthodontic consultation with Dr Lydia and our team at Bracken Ridge Dental. Call us today on (07) 3261 2405 or use our online booking form.

Why are straight teeth important?

Teeth that are not properly aligned and don't fit together comfortably can cause a number of problems, depending on how severe the misalignment is. These problems can include:

  • affecting appearance and self esteem
  • difficulty chewing, which may lead to digestive issues or nutritional deficiencies
  • difficulty speaking or breathing
  • increasing teeth wear and damage
  • risk of teeth grinding or jaw problems, such as TMJ disorders
  • crooked or crowded teeth being harder to clean, increasing oral health risks
  • protruding teeth being more vulnerable to injury

Who can benefit from orthodontics?

Orthodontic treatment can correct all types of bite and alignment problems, including:

  • overbite, underbite and crossbite
  • crooked teeth
  • protruding teeth
  • teeth crowding
  • gaps between teeth

Orthodontics is suitable for teenagers and adults. The treatment can be easier for adolescents whose teeth and jaws are still developing, but older patients can also have success with braces or clear aligners.

Your teeth and gums should be healthy and free from problems such as tooth decay and gum disease before you begin orthodontic treatment.

How does orthodontics work?

Orthodontics uses a range of oral appliances to move the teeth or jaws into better alignment over time. These appliances may be removable or fixed to the teeth for the duration of the treatment. You will normally have to wear a retainer afterwards to maintain your straighter smile.

During the course of your treatment, you will have regular appointments with your dentist. This is our chance to check your progress and adjust or replace your appliance as needed, as well as your chance to get help with any issues you may be having.

What are my teeth straightening options?

When you book an orthodontic consultation at Bracken Ridge Dental, our dentists will examine your teeth and jaws and discuss the different options for straightening your smile. We'll give you all the information you need about what these treatments involve so you can make fully informed decisions.

Braces

Modern braces are more discreet and more comfortable than those of the past and can correct a wide range of orthodontic problems. We offer several types of braces at Bracken Ridge Dental, depending on your needs and preferences. These include:

  • Metal braces – the strongest option for correcting more serious alignment issues
  • Ceramic braces – matched to your natural tooth colour to make them less noticeable

Braces are a system of brackets and wires that are fixed to your teeth by your dentist and connected by removable bands. Braces cannot be removed until the treatment is finished, so it may take some time to adjust to the experience of eating, speaking and cleaning your teeth.

Invisalign®

Invisalign clear aligners are a popular alternative to braces for correcting minor to moderate orthodontic issues, though they may not be an option for more serious problems. The aligners are made from a soft, transparent plastic, so they will feel comfortable and be virtually invisible in your mouth.

Your dentist will use Invisalign software to design a series of custom aligners. Each set should be worn for several weeks before being replaced with the next set, rather than being adjusted like braces.

Another difference from fixed braces is that Invisalign aligners can be taken out when you need to eat or brush and floss your teeth. This makes them more convenient, but also means they require more compliance from the patient. You should wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day to get results.