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Why is orthodontic treatment important ?
Firstly, crooked teeth and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This can cause not only tooth decay, but also gum disease and eventual tooth loss. Other problems can cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and bone, or misalignment of the jaw joints, which can result in chronic headaches or related pains. Fortunately, treating the original problem now is often less costly than the additional dental care required to treat related problems later in life.
Can the positioning of my jaw affect my teeth ?
Sometimes a bone discrepancy can cause the upper and lower jaws to function incorrectly. This can lead to either an 'overjet', 'overbite' or 'underbite'. In such cases, the best course of action is to modify the growth pattern using 'functional appliances' such as the 'Clark Twin Block'. An upper and lower plate is used to realign the jaws to their correct position. These functional appliances are often employed to correct malocclusions. In fact, they can control muscle forces and guide natural growth and tooth eruption.
After treatment, your profile will be greatly improved and the relationship between your jaw and teeth rectified.
How important is oral hygiene ?
Orthodontic appliances will not cause tooth decay, poor oral hygiene will. Gum disease, tooth decay and permanent markings (decalcification) on the teeth can occur if you eat foods containing excessive sugar or if you don't brush and floss your teeth regularly. Six monthly visits to your dentist throughout the course of your treatment are also recommended.
What types of foods should I avoid ?
What you shouldn't eat is anything really hard, really sweet or really sticky. Say goodbye to toffee apples. Generally, you should try to avoid biting into really tough meat, raw celery, hard crusts and raw carrots. You shouldn't chew lollies, toffees, jubes, nuts or ice.
Can my teeth change their position ?
Teeth can move at any time, regardless of whether or not they have had braces. The good news is that following orthodontics at least 90-95% of the correction is retained. To further guard against this movement there is a retention phase that normally involves wearing removable or fixed retention appliances.
How long will I need to wear my braces ?
12 to 24 months is the usual time required to complete total treatment. Often though, treatment is completed well within this time frame and the final result is a beautiful, healthy smile that is yours for life.
How much will my treatment cost ?
Following your orthodontic assessment we will discuss your treatment options. The cost of treatment will vary with treatment type and duration. Your private health insurance may cover a substantial portion of your treatment and we offer interest free payment plans that will allow you to spread the cost of treatment over time. All of these and other options will be discussed with you before any work is commenced.
Our aim is to provide the highest level of orthodontic treatment at an affordable price because we believe that straight teeth and good dental hygiene will prevent costly dental expenses later in life.
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