Orthodontics (which means “straight teeth”) is the area of dentistry which deals with malocclusions (which means “bad bite”). Proper occlusion (the way the upper and lower teeth bite together) is essential for a great smile and correct jaw and mouth function.
Development of the jaws and face and stages of treatment
The development of the face and jaws is a complex interaction between muscles, bone, cartilage and teeth. Orthodontic problems develop due to an imbalance in one or more of these four areas. The timing and type of treatment required will depend on the age of the patient. Treatment for younger patients focuses on prevention and early interception treatment, whilst in older patients treatment is focused on correcting established problems. This is because bone changes and muscle adaptation is easier in younger patients.
Stages of treatment
Why undergo orthodontics with us?
The team at Burleigh Waters Dental Care is able to treat a wide range of orthodontic cases because of their understanding of modern orthodontics. By undertaking orthodontic treatment in our practice we will also be able to manage your general dental and oral hygiene issues throughout treatment, producing straight, healthy teeth. Orthodontic treatment in our practice is generally cheaper than a specialist orthodontic practice, but if you would like a referral to see a specialist please let us know.
What types of treatment are available?
- Orthopaedic appliances: These are functional devices which can be either fixed or removable. The aim of these devices includes changing jaw shape and position to create more space for the adult teeth. The appliance has a central expansion which, when turned, widens the upper jaw to correct a range of orthodontic problems.
- Brackets: Our practice uses both traditional and modern bracket designs. Traditional brackets use an elastic “O” ring or metal tie to tightly bind the wire to the bracket. This translates to very high forces being placed on the teeth and surrounding bone and blood vessels. Many orthodontists still use these types of brackets. We use a combination of stainless steel, ceramic and acrylic brackets.
Self-ligating brackets are a modern form of bracket which uses light forces on the teeth. This results in faster and more biocompatible tooth movement due to less damage to surrounding blood vessels. They are very similar in size and shape to traditional metal brackets. Find out more about these brackets please visit the Damon Braces website. At many practices the use of self-ligating brackets has an extra cost, but we use these brackets as standard.
- Invisalign: Invisalign involves the use of multiple, wafer thin aligners to achieve tooth movement. Invisalign is a highly aesthetic solution for orthodontic treatment and they are suitable for patients of all ages.
What’s involved in assessing an orthodontic case?
We generally require the following information to formulate a tailor-made treatment plan:
- Clinical examination: check oral hygiene levels and for signs of abnormal muscle habits or decay
- Intra-oral and extra-oral photos
- Bitewing radiographs: check for dental decay between the teeth (if not already taken)
- Plaster models
- Lateral Cephalograph: assess jaw bone position (by referral with a radiologist)
- OPG: assess tooth development (by referral with a radiologist)
The exact cost of orthodontic treatment is dependent on the difficulty and length of treatment required. As a guide, orthodontic treatment can cost between $3000 and $5500 while Invisalign treatment can cost between $3500(partial treatment) to $6500(full treatment). Whilst a health fund rebate may be slightly higher for treatment by a specialist, the higher cost generally outweighs the higher benefit.
A precise cost and payment plan will be provided to you once all the orthodontic records have been compiled and the case assessed.
To arrange an orthodontic consultation at Burleigh Waters Dental Care, please phone our friendly receptionist on (07) 5576 4900