How do we determine the best treatment for each patient?
Treatment plans take into account the patient’s main concerns, their end result expectations, their budget, and the complexity or otherwise, of the individual’s case.
You can read below about the types of treatments that are available.
Information about Treatment for Adults and Children can be found below.
These are the most commontype of braces available and are much smaller than they were years ago. They are made with medical grade stainless steel and move your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. If you want to have some fun with your braces, you have the option of adding coloured o-rings to them. The average treatment time with metal braces is twelve to eighteen months. We see you every four to six weeks to adjust your braces and check on your progress.
These braces are made from a clear material making them less visible. These braces are usually chosen by adult or older teen-aged patients who have cosmetic concerns. There are some disadvantages of clear braces in that they are larger, more brittle and can be harder to clean around. The elastics that tie the wire into the bracket can stain easily as well.
There is an extra cost involved with having clear braces and clear brackets are usually only placed on the upper six front teeth. As with metal braces the average treatment time with clear braces is twelve to eighteen months and we see you every four to six weeks to adjust your braces and check your progress.
Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable plates that look like very thin mouth-guards. These aligners are only able to correct fairly minimal cases but we will be able to let you know if this is an option for you during your treatment planning stage. This treatment option is only successful if the aligners are worn ALL the time (with the exception of eating). Treatment time varies on a case by case basis. Invisalign (TM) is the major clear aligner company but I prefer to use an Australian company.
These are thin clear plates that are worn after treatment with braces and clear aligners. They are worn on a nightly basis for many, many years and are a VERY important part of your treatment.
Treatment for adults
Treatment for adults is similar for children, however there are usually some complications or added difficulties such as crowns , missing teeth, periodontal problems, etc. These complications may cause treatment to take a little longer but I find that teeth generally move at a similar rate to children. Adult patients have usually put off their treatment in favour of the kids. When they do proceed with their orthodontic treatment, the usual comment is “Why didn’t i do this years ago?”.
Early treatment / Treatment for children
This can be a very confusing topic. Studies have repeatedly shown that early treatment does not always result in either shorter treatment times, later on; less cost to the patient; better outcomes; or easier treatments. If you do decide to delay treatment for whatever reason, you can be assured that there is absolutely no harm in doing so. Orthodontic treatment can be undertaken at any age, so please don’t let anyone talk you into early treatment unless there is a good reason.