Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
From both an aesthetic and functional standpoint, it is important to have the upper and lower teeth meet in a biting position – also known as an occlusion – for an ideal alignment. A malocclusion, or bad bite, occurs when there is a variation from the normal position of teeth.
Using modern dental devices and advanced techniques, our orthodontic treatments are designed to slowly and gently move your misaligned teeth to their proper positions. When your teeth are back in the right order, it can significantly improve your bite and appearance of your smile.
Of course, having straightened teeth can also improve the shape and appearance of your face – not to mention, enhance your facial balance and profile.
Impacts speaking abilities
A severe malocclusion can hamper your speaking abilities. An overbite is the primary cause of a lisp. Gaps in your teeth can generate a whistling sound when you speak. Misaligned teeth can also affect the tongue-to-teeth contact that results in stuttering or slurred speech.
Using braces or aligners, our orthodontist can help to align your teeth and prevent any orthodontic-related speech difficulties from affecting your personal or professional relationships.
Improve chewing and biting
Without a properly functioning bite, you may find it uncomfortable or difficult to chew food into tiny morsels as required for smooth and effective digestion. For severe cases of malocclusion or misaligned jaw, patients may even be missing out on nutritional foods due to chewing or biting deficiencies.
Thankfully, a bite correction can significantly alter the way you chew and bite with increased comfort and efficiency. With your teeth and jaws in proper alignment, you don’t have to avoid certain types of foods and compromise your health.
The Type of Orthodontic Treatments Available
The most common type of braces used in orthodontics is the traditional metal brace that consists of wires, bands and brackets.
While the brackets are bonded to the tooth’s front surfaces, the bands are fastened around the tooth, serving as anchors for the appliance. Two thin metallic orthodontic wires (one for each arch of teeth) are attached to the brackets, providing a source of strength used in correcting irregularities in the position of the teeth.
This is a fixed type of appliance, designed to remain in the mouth 24/7 throughout the treatment process. Most orthodontic treatments involving regular braces are completed within 24 months, although some cases may take up to 3 years.
Invisalign is a teeth-straightening system that utilises 3D computer imaging technology to design and fabricate a series of clear plastic aligners. These aligners are ideal for individuals who prefer a more aesthetic and comfortable alternative to wearing traditional braces.
Unlike metal braces, clear plastic aligners are significantly less noticeable when worn on your teeth. Without drawing unnecessary attention to your mouth, they allow for a more discreet treatment process.
During treatment, the patient is asked to wear the removable aligner for most of the day, only removing them when eating or cleaning their teeth. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced with a new one in the series, until treatment is completed. Each aligner is individually created to exert just the right amount of force to gently move your teeth into their proper alignment.
Although Invisalign can help to correct a variety of misalignment issues, it is not recommended for every orthodontic problem. Depending on your specific condition, treatment durations may vary. The average duration of an Invisalign treatment is 12 months. Please consult our orthodontist for more information and to find out the best options suitable for your individual case.
Treatments at our practice
Swish Dental provides orthodontic solutions for patients wanting braces or aligners. Whether its to straighten your teeth, or get that beautiful smile sorted out, our on-site Orthodontist can provide tailored treatment to find a solution that suits your lifestyle and get the result you desire.
Learn more about our treatments:
6 Month Smiles – Dental Braces