Is orthodontic care expensive?
Orthodontic therapy may eliminate other medical and dental problems in the future. The physical and psychological benefits usually last a lifetime, making orthodontic treatment extremely beneficial in improving one’s quality of life.
How do I know if I need to see an Orthodontist?
If in doubt go see your orthodontist for a professional opinion. This will make you feel more comfortable and informed. An early opinion can avoid or alleviate complex problems that may worsen over time.
In addition to aesthetic improvements, what are some other benefits of orthodontic therapy?
Additional benefits may include better function, improved hygiene, less wear on teeth to reduce the likelihood of fractured tooth syndrome, improved longevity of natural teeth and reduced likelihood of Tempero-mandibular joint problems at a later stage of life.
What is the best age to see an orthodontist?
The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends children be reviewed by an orthodontists around the age of 7-8 years old usually at the time the permanent front teeth are erupting. This is usually the age if early treatment is required it is best performed.
What are the benefits of an early intervention?
Early intervention usually aims to intercept a developing problem and normalise the growth environment to allow for better future growth. It also can reduce the need or simplify any future orthodontic treatment.
Some of the benefits include:
- Normalising the growth environment for both the teeth and soft tissue such as the lips and tongue.
- Preventing abnormal wear tooth wear on the adult teeth.
- Reducing or eliminating the need for extractions.
- Reducing the risk of trauma.
Why are children being evaluated at such an early age?
Early diagnosis and treatment can guide erupting teeth into a more favourable position, preserve space for the permanent teeth and reduce the likelihood of damage to protruded front teeth. In addition, early treatment may shorten comprehensive orthodontic treatment time, making treatment simpler and in some cases eliminating the need for extraction of permanent teeth.
Why is the growth spurt at puberty so important in orthodontics?
This is the time when much of the development of the face occurs. Treatment during this period allows the orthodontist to favourably influence the facial profile in a growing child. Once growth of the facial bones is complete, correction of skeletal discrepancies usually requires surgery.
At what age are you too old for orthodontics?
Patients who have teeth and healthy supporting structures are never too old for orthodontic treatment. Age is not a factor and there are a range of different appliances available for treatment.
How can I tactfully approach an adult who could benefit from orthodontics?
Simply ask the question “Are you happy with the appearance of your teeth?” The answer will be your guide to further discussion and a possible patient referral. We value referrals from our existing patients and are always happy to meet new patients and discuss treatment options with them.
Why are adults seeking orthodontics in increasing numbers?
Many adults are receiving orthodontic care that was not available to them as children. They realise that improving the health of their mouths and the attractiveness of their smiles and facial appearances can result in a change for the better in their personal, social, and professional lives. Technical advances have also had a positive influence on adult orthodontic treatment.
What are some of those advantages?
Advanced technology has produced 3 different types of appliances: Small labial tooth-coloured or Ceramic brackets, Lingual or internal braces and removable clear tray Sequential Aligners that are barely noticeable. New alloyed wires are softer and more comfortable. They help speed up treatment significantly and have decreased the number of necessary appointments. Modern retainers can be placed where they are not visible. Advanced surgical techniques in combination with the braces now also allow treatment of many skeletal problems once growth is completed.