Braces and Orthodontic Treatment in Campsie
Braces can help to straighten crooked teeth and correct bite problems. While mainly associated with children and teenagers, improvements in technology have made braces increasingly popular with adults who want to correct orthodontic issues later in life.
At Campsie Street Dental, our experienced dentists offer braces and other orthodontic treatments for all ages. We’ll give you a complete orthodontic assessment and discuss the different types of braces available to help you decide which option is right for you.
If your teeth are crooked or misaligned, talk to our team to find out how braces could help. Call us today on (02) 9718 7907 to make an appointment at a time that’s good for you.
Types of braces
Orthodontic braces are available in a variety of styles and materials, making it easier to find an option that suits you. We offer the following types of braces at our Sydney clinic.
If you need a more intensive orthodontic treatment, metal braces exert the greatest force on your teeth. You don’t have to worry about the ‘train tracks’ look, as modern metal braces cover less of the teeth and are less noticeable than old-fashioned braces.
If you’d prefer a faster treatment, we also offer Speed Braces. These braces work to realign only the teeth and not the entire jaw. Some treatments may be completed in just 6 months, but the duration can vary.
If you don’t like the look of metal braces, ceramic braces could be just the thing. These braces are colour-matched to your natural tooth shade, making them less noticeable in your mouth. Ceramic braces are a popular choice with adults who want a less visible option than metal braces.
The most discreet option, lingual braces attach to the inside of your teeth instead of the outside like traditional braces. This has the advantage of making them much less visible. These braces aren’t always suitable for more severe orthodontic issues, however, for which we may recommend ceramic braces.
What it’s like to have braces
When your braces are first fitted, your teeth and gums may feel sore for up to a week. You can try to minimise this by eating soft foods, rubbing the brackets with orthodontic wax or taking pain relief medication as advised by your GP. You may notice that your teeth feel loose as they start to move, but this is all part of the process and not usually anything to worry about.
Cleaning your teeth and eating can be difficult at first, but we’re here to help. We’ll advise you about certain foods and drinks to avoid and the right way to brush and floss around your brackets and wires. If you play contact sports, you should wear a custom-fitted mouthguard provided by your dentist to protect your braces and your teeth.
How long does treatment last?
There’s no standard time for orthodontic treatments, as this depends on your individual case and what you and your dentist hope to achieve. Most treatments are completed within 18 months to 2 years, but treatments are often longer or shorter.
After your braces treatment has finished, you’ll have to wear a retainer for roughly the same period to make sure your teeth stay in their new position. Depending on your situation, this may be worn only at night or both day and night. If you don’t wear your retainer, your teeth could start to shift back to their original position, undoing all your hard work.
How to care for your braces
Looking after your braces is important for the success of your treatment. If your braces get damaged or come loose, this can set back your treatment considerably. If you develop an oral health problem such as tooth decay or gum disease, this can also interrupt your orthodontic treatment.
Our dentists will demonstrate the right way to brush and floss your teeth to avoid damaging your braces and to make sure all traces of food and plaque are removed. You should try to avoid chewy, sticky, hard and crunchy foods while wearing braces, as well as food and drink high in sugar which can increase your risk of oral health issues.
If your braces come loose or get damaged, contact us to make an emergency appointment at our dental clinic.
What are the alternatives?
We’ll make sure you know all the options so you can choose the orthodontic treatment that feels right to you. If you have a mild to moderate orthodontic issue that doesn’t require the full force of braces, our dentists may suggest Invisalign®.
This treatment uses removable aligners rather than fixed braces, which can be taken out when you eat and clean your teeth. Made from clear plastic, these aligners are less visible in your mouth than most braces, although they may not be an option for everyone.
Make an appointment
Schedule an orthodontic assessment at Campsie Street Dental to find out if you could benefit from braces or another treatment. Call us on (02) 9718 7907 or book an appointment online.