Orthodontist in Chatswood, NSW
One of the biggest misconceptions about orthodontic treatment is that it’s only for children!
The truth is that everyone deserves an attractive and healthy smile, and orthodontics can help you achieve that – at just about any age!
What Are Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the specialized field of dentistry that focuses on the straightening and aligning of teeth. This is done using braces or a range of other appliances that have recently been developed.
Another aspect of orthodontics is orthopaedics, which focuses on correcting jaw irregularities, such as over bites, under bites, and cross bites. Many of the orthodontic options available today combine orthopaedic treatment with position correction for simpler, more streamlined treatment.
How Do Braces Work?
Braces and other orthodontic appliances work by exerting gentle pressure on the teeth in a carefully prescribed manner. Your Chatswood Dental Associates dentist will create a customised program that maps out, from start to finish, how your treatment will proceed. Sometimes a full set of braces is needed from the get-go, and other times, it’s more appropriate to proceed in stages.
In general, it’s recommended that children receive an orthodontic assessment around the ages of 7 or 8 years old. By this point, jaw and dental development is in full swing. The first batch of primary teeth have been replaced by permanent teeth, and the first set of molars has erupted.
Using advanced imaging technology, we can chart your child’s dental development to see if everything is proceeding as it should. If any problems are lurking on the horizon, now is an excellent time to identify them. Just as in many other cases, the earlier an orthodontic problem is identified, the better. More treatment options are available, and treatment will often be simpler and faster.
Innovative Orthodontic Options
At Chatswood Dental Associates, we offer a number of different orthodontic and orthopaedic therapies and appliances, in addition to conventional bracket-and-wire braces, to help your child develop a healthy and beautiful smile. And we even have some impressive tricks up our sleeves to help correct your smile as well!
Trainer for Kids – This appliance, which is worn like a mouth guard, helps guide tooth eruption and can correct habits like tongue thrusting.
Myobrace – This appliance, combined with myofunctional exercises, comes in sizes and styles that are right for kids, teenagers, and adults. Worn for about two hours each day and during sleep, the appliance actually helps treat many of the problems that lead to crooked teeth without the need for braces.
Invisalign – Invisalign is the clear aligners system that allows adults and teenagers to straighten their teeth without anyone noticing. The aligners are made of translucent plastic that mold to the teeth and are virtually invisible when they are in place.
What Orthodontic Treatment Is Right for Me?
Every orthodontic case is different. Creating a treatment plan will require a thorough assessment and evaluation to determine your needs and the best course of action.
You can schedule a consultation with Dr Lim or Dr Sridhar today by calling 02 9412 4488.