We encourage you to choose the best braces option to suit your unique lifestyle.
We’ve put all our braces options in one place so you can compare! Dental braces, also known as orthodontic brackets, are common among teenagers and even adults.
Dental braces can be used to:
- Adjust crooked teeth
- Adjust misaligned upper and lower jaw
- Adjust uneven bites, including overbites and under bites
Why you should visit an orthodontist rather than a dentist
While most dentists can provide braces if requested, a specialist, known as an orthodontist, is usually more qualified to decide which braces are the best in a particular situation. All our qualified orthodontists allow their patients time to consider all treatment options prior to choosing a treatment.
An orthodontist has undergone extra university-level training specifically to place orthodontics. That is why it is better for you to visit an orthodontist for all your braces needs. The team at Dream Smiles Orthodontics won’t pressure you into receiving braces, and we will ensure you feel comfortable going ahead with any treatment plan.
How old do you have to be to get braces?
Before a child can get braces all their adult teeth must have come through. This can happen between the ages of 8 and 14. However, since everyone is different it is always best to consult with an orthodontist. Any time after all the adult teeth have come through is a good time to consider braces, and it’s important to keep in mind that the earlier you receive treatment the quicker results can be achieved.
Of course, that doesn’t mean adults can’t receive braces. Currently, 20% of all orthodontic patients in Australia and America are adults. With so many different options, from traditional braces to clear braces, more adults feel comfortable in getting their teeth straightened.
Are braces good for your teeth?
Straight teeth are—generally—healthier teeth. This is because straight teeth are:
- Easier to clean.
- Less likely to get food particles stuck the same way as crooked teeth.
- Better for your jaw and bite.
- Better for your gum health.
Having braces placed by an orthodontist is a good way to ensure the brackets and wires are placed properly and removed without damaging the enamel of your teeth. An orthodontist will know the best place to glue the brackets to your teeth, and provide you with instructions to maintain good oral health during treatment.
If you have braces, you are able to use either a manual or electric toothbrush – both will be able to sufficiently clean your teeth. In saying this, an electric toothbrush may make the job a little easier! An electric toothbrush with a small head can also make getting to those hard to reach surfaces effortless. Cleaning in between your braces can be done by using an interdental toothbrush. Make sure that the bristles of all toothbrushes used are soft.
If you are noticing some signs of tooth decay while you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, you should make an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist will be able to determine whether or not you are indeed experiencing decay as well as the best possible way forward.
Everything in moderation. If you are craving a slice of cake, go ahead! But ensure that you are cleaning your braces properly afterwards!
Yes. Plain chocolate is relatively safe. Avoid chocolate with hard nuts as these can damage your braces. Brush your teeth well after consuming chocolate.
Yes, it is possible. Eating too much sugar and not following a good oral hygiene routine may result in cavities. It is best to simply ensure you are consuming sugar in moderation and brushing your teeth properly at least twice a day.
No, you can’t naturally correct an overbite or protruding top jaw without an orthodontic solution. A normally aligned jaw has no gaps or unevenness when the jaw is closed. What causes an overbite is a misalignment of the jaw, and this can only be addressed by wearing braces to realign the jaw. There are different types of braces, and your orthodontist will help you decide what works best for you. You will have to wear braces for up to 2 years, and then retainers to set the realignment. Whatever the cause of the malocclusion, braces will straighten the jaw and teeth.
They keep your braces and your teeth in place. As you wear braces, your jaw will be getting correctly aligned overtime. Rubber bands are very strong and help the tooth and jaw align faster and more effectively. They are a key component of the jaw fixing that your braces will be doing. In order for them to work, the rubber bands need to be in place 24/7. Braces alone don’t fix your misalignment, rubber bands do the rest of the work and can even shorten the overall amount of time you will need to be in braces.
If you would like to know more about the braces options available to you, or to request an appointment, please contact us today.