To determine what is best for you, a dentist or orthodontist will ask questions about your health, conduct a clinical examination, take impressions of your teeth, photos of your face and teeth, and X-rays of the mouth and head.
A personalised treatment plan is created based on the analysis of the gathered information.
There are times when a removable retainer will be the only thing needed.
In other rare cases, when there is an extreme irregular bite, orthodontic surgery may be required. In most cases, however, traditional braces will be called for.
To find out more about dental braces, keep on reading.
Dental braces offer corrective treatment for:
- Overcrowded or crooked teeth
- Too much gap between teeth
- Extreme overbite or overjet
- Extreme underbite
- Jaw misalignment
The proper alignment of your teeth and jaws improves not only your facial aesthetics but also the health of your mouth and the way you bite, chew, and speak.
Braces work by applying continuous pressure, over time, to slowly move teeth in the desired direction. As the teeth move, the bone changes shape.
Braces are composed of the following:
Brackets are the small squares that are bonded directly to the front of each tooth with a special dental bonding agent or are attached to orthodontic bands.
They act like handles, holding the archwires that move the teeth. Several types of brackets can be selected from, including stainless steel;
Tooth-coloured ceramic or plastic are often selected because they’re less noticeable. Sometimes, brackets are attached to the back of teeth in order to hide them from view.
Orthodontic bands are stainless steel, clear, or tooth-coloured materials that are attached to the teeth with dental bonding agents. They wrap around each tooth to anchor the brackets.
The transparent or tooth-coloured bands are more appealing options but are more expensive than stainless steel.
Spacers are separators that are inserted between teeth to create a small space before placement of orthodontic bands.
Archwires attach to the brackets and act as tracks to guide the movement of the teeth. Archwires can be made of metal or be clear or tooth-coloured.
They are attached to the bracket by small rubber rings or fine wires called ligatures. These can also be transparent, metal, or coloured.
A buccal tube on the band of the last tooth secures the end of the archwire in place.
Springs may be attached on the archwires between brackets to move the teeth, closing the spaces between them.
Elastics attach to hooks on brackets and are worn between the upper and lower teeth. They apply pressure to move the teeth to achieve perfect alignment.
Dental Braces at Preston Supreme Dental
Having crooked or misaligned teeth is often unpleasant. Imagine speaking but having others focus on your teeth, eating but the food gets stuck between your teeth, or holding back your smile when you are happy.
At Preston Supreme Dental, we are committed to providing you with corrective options for your teeth. Visit us today for a consultation.
Call (03) 9478 7708 or visit us at 243 Murray Road in Preston.
- Same day emergency appointments are available upon request
- All insurances are accepted with HICAPS. As a preferred provider for NIB, CBHS and HCF
We are located across Woolworths Supermarket and beside Preston Market
Easily accessible via public transportation (bus stop within walking distance)