At one time, the only choice for orthodontic treatments was traditional metal braces, but today there are many orthodontic options.
Each option has it’s own pros and cons and if you or your child are in need of orthodontic treatment, it is important to understand what each treatment offers.
At Smiles Nambour, we want to help you choose the proper orthodontic treatment for your case from among traditional braces, Invisalign, and dental veneers.
Common Reasons For Orthodontic Treatment
The following are common reasons for getting an orthodontic treatment:
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Wide spaces in between teeth
- Speech difficulty
- TMJ diseases
Orthodontics offers the following benefits:
- Correct malocclusion or bite/jaw defects
- Promote correct jaw growth
- Treat destructive oral habits such as thumb sucking
- Improve speech
- Improve face structure
- Prevent development of dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease
When we think of braces, the first thing that likely comes to mind are metal brackets and wires tightly fixed to teeth, or the “mouth full of metal.” But today’s metal braces are far less clunky and obvious. Many are smaller and take advantage of heat-activated arch wires to use body heat to quicken results and decrease pain.
- Coloured bands available
- Far and away the most noticeable form of braces
- Difficult to clean
- Can be painful
Invisalign corrects a wide variety of dental and orthodontic problems. More than 1.5 million straightened smiles are evidence of that fact!
And custom-made Invisalign aligners don’t just improve your smile—they also improve you oral health. Straightening teeth helps your gums stay healthy by making it easier to clean your teeth while making it more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate.
Perhaps the greatest advantage of Invisalign is that the trays are relatively invisible and thus Invisalign can be worn with confidence. Invisalign uses a series of custom-designed clear plastic aligners. The aligners place light pressure on your teeth, in specific areas, easing them into a better alignment. The aligners are worn at least 20 hours a day and swapped out about every 1-2 weeks.
Invisalign has other advantages as well:
No food restrictions. You can remove Invisalign aligners to eat and drink, so you can enjoy popcorn, candies, and other foods without worry
They make oral hygiene simpler. Conventional braces can be quite difficult to clean, requiring special tools to reach between and under their brackets and wires. With Invisalign, oral hygiene is simple- just take out your aligners to brush, floss, and rinse. The same is true for your regular dental visits, just remove the aligners and scale and clean is simple!
Increased comfort. Traditional metal braces can be uncomfortable, pressuring your teeth and irritating your gums. Most patients find Invisalign aligners to be much more comfortable.
Brief treatment time. On average, Invisalign achieves desired results in about a year. Of course, this will depend upon the individual case.
Do you have a few teeth that aren’t quite as straight as you’d like? Are your front teeth gapped? If so, it’s you don’t need braces, because some tooth alignment issues and spacing can be improved beautifully with dental veneers.
Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells attached to your front teeth that correct a range of aesthetic problems. Veneers can be precisely matched to your desired tooth colour for a natural-looking appearance.
Through the years, the materials used for veneers have improved resulting in a more lifelike appearance and more convenient treatment. Modern veneers are stronger and highly stain-resistant, thus providing patients with remarkably stunning smiles.
Dental veneers are placed in three steps:
Diagnosis and planning – you and your Smiles Nambour dentist will go over your smile goals. After and examination of your teeth, your dentist will create a dental treatment plan specifically designed for you.
Preparation – your dentist will abrade a small amount of your tooth enamel to create a site for the veneers. A mould of your teeth is made and sent to a dental laboratory where your customised veneers are made.
Bonding – once your veneers are manufactured they will be checked them for fit and colour and any small adjustments that might needed. The veneers will then be cemented into place with the help of a special curing light.
Dentistry at Smiles Nambour
Smiles Nambour is the perfect choice for dental care in the Nambour area. We provide top-notch dental services of all kinds to patients of every age! Our professional staff is dedicated to providing you with personalised, quality dental care.
Smiles Nambour offers a comprehensive array of general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services for you and your loved ones.
A visit to Smiles Nambour is an investment in your dental health and attractive smile!
Get your orthodontic treatment through MySmile Plan. Learn more here.
Call (07) 5441 4438 or visit us at 4/104 Currie St in Nambour.