Dental braces, or orthodontics, are devices used by dentists and orthodontists to help straighten and align your teeth. Orthodontists are dentists who have specialised in the field of braces. Your Dentist can also do braces for you as long as they have been trained in the mechanics and application of orthodontics. It can sometimes be more convenient for all your dental needs to have your braces done through your Dentist, instead of an orthodontist. Gold Coast Boctor Dental Smilecentre are your One Stop Smile Shop, so you can have your braces, cleans, fillings and more in just one location. Our Dentists have received extensive training through the internationally recognised Progressive Orthodontics, and will prepare a customised orthodontic program tailored specifically to your mouth. Your entire orthodontic treatment at Boctor Dental Smilecentre will be seen to personally by your Dentist and your quoted cost is all inclusive for treatment from the orthodontic records stage all the way through to post-braces retention. Our principal dentist Dr Raymond Boctor is particularly experienced in Gold Coast braces and orthodontic treatment.
Why Do I Need Braces?
There are two main reasons you might want or need to get braces – functional or cosmetic. Some of the functional reasons you might need braces are if you have an overbite, underbite, or a misaligned bite (how the top and bottom teeth meet and interact). These functional problems can create difficulty chewing your food, biting, speaking or even breathing. Clicking jaws could also be a sign that you need braces. The most common reason for getting braces is cosmetic –to have a perfect smile. Even if you don’t have serious functional problems with your teeth, you may just want your teeth to be straighter than they already are, which will give you more confidence when you smile.
What Sort of Braces Can I Get?
There are a few different types of orthodontics available, but the three most common types of braces are Traditional braces, Invisalign, and Myofunctional orthodontics. Traditional Braces are the most common braces that you will see in people’s mouths, and they are generally made out of metal or ceramic (tooth coloured). Invisalign is a system that uses a series of custom clear (invisible) trays to rotate your teeth into new positions. The end result is straight teeth, without having to wear fixed braces. Myofunctional orthodontics is an orthodontic technique that can sometimes prevent the need for braces, or can be used pre braces, to make potentially difficult orthodontic corrections easier. It involves using removable trays in young children to guide teeth and use the child’s natural growth to fix problems.
How do Metal Braces work?
Metal braces are made of stainless steel, with metal brackets and archwires to hold them in place. The brackets are usually attached to a person’s teeth with a special glue that bonds to the surface of the tooth, and hold them in place. We use special metal bands on your molar teeth, rather than brackets because bands can withhold greater force. Archwires are thin metal wires that are used to connect each of the brackets, putting pressure on the teeth, helping to guide them into place – these wires are what actually move your teeth.Ligature elastics, also known as rubber bands, are the ties that hold the archwires to the brackets. They come in different colours (which makes your whole braces look colourful), and they are replaced every time you have an adjustment appointment.
How do Ceramic Braces Work?
Ceramic Braces are very similar to metal braces. They are the same shape and size as metal braces, the major difference being that ceramic braces are tooth coloured, making them less visible than metal braces. These are designed for people who are conscious about their appearance. The archwires are still metal and visible and we still use the metal molar bands, but the ligature elastics will either be clear/tooth coloured or fine, barely visible ligature wires. While they are less visible than metal braces, they are more brittle than metal braces, which is why they are mostly used on upper front teeth than the lower teeth. Their delicate nature means that ceramic brackets cannot withhold as strong forces as metal braces and it is common for them to fracture and need replacement. If you wish to go down the path of ceramic braces, just be aware that they could take slightly longer to finish and they will cost more than metal braces, because of the extra work involved.
What Is Involved With Getting Braces?
Leading up to braces you will require a number of different appointments so your Dentist can get impressions to take records of your teeth, measure the size of your molars, and you possibly may need tooth extractions depending on your custom treatment plan. You will also need to get little rubber separators inserted in between your molar teeth before your molar sizing appointment and your major braces appointment, to create little gaps so they molar bands can go on. Your appointment where you get the actual braces on will be around 60 minutes long and your Dentist will first cement the molar bands on, followed by the brackets, then tie in the archwires. After the braces have been put in place, you will need regular appointments (usually 6-8 weeks apart) with your Dentist, to check on the progress of the teeth, and to tighten the braces. The amount of time you will have to wear the braces varies, and after the braces have been removed, you will have to wear a retainer, to prevent the teeth from going back to their original position.
Braces Payment Plans Are Available
Because braces can be a costly and lengthy procedure, we offer an in-house, interest free, braces payment plan – where you don’t have to sign up to a third party payment provider. You will be required to pay a small deposit (approximately $250.00) when you commit to getting orthodontic records, then pay a larger deposit on the day you get your braces put on. The remainder of your treatment cost can then be paid off in monthly instalments throughout your braces treatment, Click here to read more about our payment plans. If you have crooked teeth or dental alignment concerns, braces might be the right option for you. Whether traditional braces, Invisalign or myofunctional, call us today for customised orthodontic treatment at one of our Gold Coast locations:
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