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Today’s orthodontics are almost unrecognisable compared to yesterday’s heavy, bulky metal wires and brackets. At Sydney Laser Dental Care, with orthodontics we aim to help children and adults achieve an ideal bite and a straight, healthy and beautiful smile.
Orthodontics for children, called orthopaedics, can be as simple as maintaining space for erupting adult teeth, through to more complex treatments featuring expansion appliances, removable plates or partial braces.
We find children are very responsive to early treatment as their bones are still developing, and are easier to guide into their proper alignment.
Pre-treatment with orthopaedics can often reduce treatment time and the severity of problems, avoiding the need to remove healthy adult teeth in the future due to excessive crowding.
We can begin orthodontic treatment for adolescents after all the adult teeth have come through, at around age 11 to 13. An individual assessment will help us determine the most appropriate corrective treatment for your child’s needs.
Your treatment options may vary, but most commonly involve fixed braces. Orthodontic treatment takes around 6 to 24 months, during which time we will carefully monitor your child’s progress with regular appointments to adjust and maintain the braces.
Today many adults are discovering the benefits of orthodontic treatment later in life. Tooth coloured braces and clear aligners are practically invisible, appealing to adults who were reluctant to undergo treatment because of the impact metal braces can have on their social and professional life.
With orthodontic treatment for adults we can correct tooth alignment problems which may extend back to childhood, or that have occurred later in life as a result of missing teeth.
Lingual Orthodontics (Invisible Braces)
We are also excited to now be able to offer a rapid orthodontic program specifically design for the treatment of minor to moderate crowding in the upper and/or lower six front teeth. By placing specially designed braces on the inside surface of your teeth they will straighten often within 3 months, compare to traditional braces which can take two years or longer.
This truly invisible smile makeover is comfortable, no one will ever know you were in treatment, often needing only 2-5 appointments, it won’t interfere with speech or eating.
The most popular orthodontic treatment for adults is Invisalign, a series of custom-made clear plastic aligners that place a gentle pressure on your teeth, guiding them into position.
The aligners are removable, allowing you to eat and clean your teeth as normal. Replaced approximately every two weeks, Invisalign is virtually invisible, so no-one will notice you’re wearing them.
Depending on your personal circumstance, treatment may take between 6 to 18 months. An examination with Sydney Laser Dental Care will enable us to provide an accurate timeframe for your treatment.