What are orthodontic braces?

Orthodontic braces are a treatment designed to straighten teeth and correct the alignment of the bite; they are an alternative to Invisalign™.

Orthodontic braces are a treatment designed to straighten teeth and correct the alignment of the bite; they are an alternative to Invisalign™.

Orthodontic braces involve the use of brackets and wires, which can be installed on either the front of the teeth or the back of the teeth (lingual braces).

The benefits of straight teeth are both functional (correct positioning of the teeth make everyday activities like chewing food more efficient) and aesthetic (correcting the alignment and spacing of the front teeth enhances the smile). The main advantages of orthodontic braces over Invisalign™ are they are able to move the teeth in more directions, they work more quickly and they are generally more affordable. Because Invisalign™ retainers can be removed, there is the chance they might be misplaced, whereas this is not an issue with braces as they are fixed in place.

Straighter teeth can also be achieved with cosmetic treatments such as crowns and veneers – although these require the sacrifice of a component of natural tooth material, whereas braces do not. 

Core Dental Group offers a full range of teeth straightening options, so we can provide the treatment you want. Our goal is to understand your needs and preferences and to work with you to decide on treatment options.

Are braces suitable for you?

Orthodontic braces are a solution to straighten the teeth and bite.

Braces are most suitable where overall oral health is good; otherwise the teeth and gums may require separate treatments first.

Braces are ideal in complex cases where Invisalign™ may not be able to achieve the desired outcomes, and they are also a more affordable option. Because they are very conservative – that is, they preserve the natural teeth – braces are a great choice for kids.

There are some drawbacks that can make braces unsuitable. Some people find them unsightly; the brackets and wires may be uncomfortable; and the braces cannot be removed, making for a complicated hygiene routine (brushing and flossing) and even restricting what foods can be eaten.

Lingual braces, which are attached to the inside of the teeth, can overcome many of the potential problems mentioned above, although they are significantly more expensive than braces fixed to the outside of the teeth.

What’s the procedure for treatment?

The treatment process for orthodontic braces is as follows.

  1. Treatment starts with impressions and photos of your teeth, as well as an OPG (orthopantomogram – or panoramic X-ray of the mouth and jaw) and creation of a treatment plan, which details the proposed final position of your teeth.
  2. Any other necessary treatments – such as fillings, extractions or cleans – are generally completed before orthodontic treatment begins.
  3. A series of brackets and wires, which may be either metallic or clear, are installed. This process is called a “band up”. The wires are then adjusted repeatedly over a period of several months to move your teeth gradually into the desired positions.

As a general rule, you would attend for adjustments every six to eight weeks during the treatment process, although this frequency will increase later on as fine corrections are made.

Before and after Braces

Core Dental Group respects the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation (AHPRA) guidelines for the use of ‘before and after’ photography. We take care to ensure before and after images are similar in content, camera angle, background, framing and composition. The before and after photographs on this site have not been modified using software and the referenced procedure is intended to be the only visible change.

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