Orthodontics is concerned with the diagnosis, prevention, interception, guidance, and correction of misaligned bites.
Orthodontic treatments create a healthy bite—straighter teeth that properly meet opposing teeth in the opposite jaw.
A good bite makes it easier to bite, chew, and speak properly.
Why You May Need Orthodontics
The form of your teeth and jaws affects your bite. Your bite is how your upper and lower teeth come together.
When the upper and lower teeth do not meet together correctly, it is called a malocclusion.
Missing, crooked, crowded, or protruding teeth can lead to a bad bite. Thumbsucking may also affect your bite.
A bad bite can make it challenging to chew some foods and may cause teeth to wear down. It can also lead to muscle tension and pain.
Teeth that stick out also chip or break more often. Crowded and crooked teeth are harder to control and may be more likely to get cavities and gum disease.
Types of Orthodontic Treatments
Your Port Macquarie dentist can carry out work that achieves the following:
- closing gaps between the teeth
- aligning the ends of the teeth
- straightening crooked teeth
- improving speech or chewing
- boosting the long-term health of teeth and gums
- preventing long-term wear or trauma of the teeth
- treating an improper bite
Orthodontic treatments not only enhance the appearance of the teeth but also lead to better chewing and speaking, and help protect teeth from damage or decay, in some cases.
To achieve these goals, your Port Macquarie dentist uses a range of medical dental devices, including headgear, plates, and braces.
Orthodontic Options in Port Macquarie
Conventional metal braces
These are often called traditional braces. They are easy to detect and give the “train track” look.
Today, these types of braces are smaller, making them less noticeable and more comfortable than before.
The Invisalign® clear aligner is a virtually invisible and a hygienic approach to straighten teeth.
Invisalign® treatment uses the SMARTForce Technology to create a series of custom-made removable aligners.
Merely wear these clear aligners, made of virtually invisible material, over your teeth to move them to the ideal position gradually.
Fastbraces® were made to straighten teeth differently.
This is a system of fast, safe, easy and affordable braces that is changing the field of orthodontic dentistry.
It is a non-extraction system, in most cases, which provides patients with outstanding results.
Traditional braces move teeth in several stages. Firstly, moving the crown and then the root.
However, the brackets used with Fastbraces® work on a different mechanical principle, positioning the root of the tooth, from the beginning of treatment.
Orthodontics in Port Macquarie
Say goodbye to crooked teeth and hello to straighter teeth alignment with orthodontic options at Port Macquarie Dental Centre.
Achieve the smile of your dreams today! Talk to your Port Macquarie dentist about your orthodontic evaluation.
Orthodontics in Port Macquarie
Call us on (02) 6583 1711 or book your appointment online.
We are located at 38 Buller St in Port Macquarie.
Frequently Asked Questions
At what age should a child first visit a dentist?
If you want to improve the appearance and feel of your smile, then any age can be great to visit a dentist.
Children are advised to first visit a dentist around seven years old; however, orthodontic treatment is not only for children and young adults.
Whether you’re visiting for a dental check-up or considering receiving orthodontic treatment, any time is an excellent time to see the dentist.
Why should I receive orthodontic treatment?
A beautiful smile not only changes the way people see you but also improves your own self-image.
Orthodontic treatments also let your teeth function better and make them easier to clean, which can improve your overall health.