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Braces

What Are Braces?

If you’re hearing about braces for the first time, it’s understandable to feel a little intimidated. Fortunately, braces and retainers are a safe and effective method that dental professionals use to correct a variety of dental issues, including:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Dental crowding
  • Crooked teeth
  • And more

Braces contain many components, including small brackets and wires. Dental experts affix these brackets to your teeth and use wires to pull the teeth into the correct position over time gently.

The Benefits of Braces

When started at appropriate ages and maintained through expert dental care, dental correction with braces has significant impacts on self-esteem, lifelong dental health, and so much more. Braces correct overcrowding, a condition that promotes dental pain and discomfort, decay, reduced bite capability, and other problems.

A bright and healthy-looking smile is a key to self-confidence for many people. Braces are a critical part of achieving a picture-perfect smile. Braces do more than just correct cosmetic problems. Well-maintained braces and quality retainers help improve bite function, making it easier for many people to chew, drink, and even speak.

Improved Oral Health

Correcting conditions like crowding, bite issues, and tooth gaps can help improve jaw development, prevent bone loss, promote healthy oral hygiene, and more.

Boosted Confidence

These devices help position teeth correctly to reduce tooth decay, unwanted staining, and other problems that make maintaining a healthy white smile challenging.

Better Independence

Sometimes, braces are vital for resolving a patient’s speech impediment, helping them interact more comfortably and confidently with the world around them

What To Expect During Treatment

Every braces treatment begins with a dental examination. Your dentist will take x-rays and perform visual inspections to determine if any preparatory procedures are necessary before fitting you with braces.

Once your teeth are ready, the dentist will clean your teeth and place the dental brackets. After attaching the wires, your dentist may periodically adjust your braces to ensure your teeth move as intended with minimal discomfort.

During this process, you’ll learn how to properly care for and maintain your braces, when to see a dentist for problems, and how long you’ll need to leave the braces on.

Frequently Asked Questions

Every dental braces treatment is unique, but many patients wear their braces for periods lasting between 12 and 24 months. In some cases, patients may need to remain in braces for longer than two years, especially if their teeth were accidentally shifted.

The cost of traditional braces vary depending on the length of treatment, any necessary adjustments, and what materials are used. Ceramic braces, for example, tend to cost more than metal braces do. Please call our dental clinic on (02) 9520 9031 to discuss your individual needs and price guide.

The answer is yes! The effectiveness of alternative teeth straightening techniques depends on your specific dental needs. To learn more about alternative methods and what might be ideal for your teeth, speak with our dentist.

Get the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve.