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Braces

Classic Braces

Classic Braces

These have been used since the inception of orthodontics as a profession. There is a reason why they are still used today – they are reliable, predictable and work very efficiently to move teeth.

The braces we use are one of the smallest available which make them very comfortable and discrete. They are made in America with medical-grade stainless steel. Orthodontists use skill, knowledge and clinical judgment to activate the braces by applying the specific force needed to move teeth while ensuring no harm is done. There is an optimum biological speed for moving teeth as excessive force in an attempt to speed up treatment may run the risk of negative consequences resulting in root shortening or bone loss.

Gold Braces

Gold Braces

Gold-coloured braces have all the advantages and properties of the traditional braces and are for people who would like something a little different.

These braces have only become available recently, and certainly turn heads. They are made of zirconia and have a champagne coloured finish. Novelty aside, the shade of these braces gives a soft, more aesthetic option which blends in far better with the natural tooth colour when compared to traditional stainless steel braces.

Clear Braces

Clear Braces

This is an aesthetic option for those who wish to have a more discreet look throughout treatment. These braces are popular with our adult patients.

The clear braces that we use are known to be one of the most aesthetic available and are made of monocrystalline sapphire which blends in with the natural tooth enamel, regardless of shade. More adults are seeking orthodontic treatment then ever before, and part of this is because there are some excellent aesthetic options to carry out treatment.

Colour Braces

Colours on Braces

If you wish, your braces can be ‘decorated’ with small coloured elastic bands (modules) which hold the wire in position.

These modules have countless colour combinations which can be changed at each appointment (every 6 to 8 weeks) – our patients have a lot of fun with this. Alternatively, a colour does not have to be chosen if a more subtle look is preferred.

Invisalign

Invisalign

This is a very aesthetic option and is an almost invisible way to move teeth. There are no braces or wires involved with this method of orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign is a customised series of clear, removable aligners (like very thin mouthguards) whereby the movement of each tooth is planned carefully by Dr Meyer. Aligners are changed every one to two weeks. With each change of an aligner, the teeth move gradually closer to their desired position.

This is a great option for people who wish to have their teeth straightened and bite corrected but without having to have the appearance of having braces.

Another advantage of Invisalign is that as the aligners are removable, it is easy to care for your teeth during treatment. The aligners are taken out when eating, brushing and flossing so maintaining good oral hygiene is much easier than with normal braces.

Early Treatment

Early Treatment

The timing of orthodontic treatment is vitally important to a successful result – it is often as important as the actual treatment itself.

Not every orthodontic issue should or needs to be treated early, but it is important for it to be assessed carefully so a decision can be made as to whether early intervention is necessary, or whether it is best to wait until all the adult teeth come through before commencing orthodontic treatment.

Sometimes it is important to not only wait for all the adult teeth to come through, but to also wait until all growth has ceased or slowed before considering orthodontic treatment. Everyone is different.

This is why we encourage the first orthodontic consultation to be at around the age of 8 to 9. If no treatment is required at the time, then the child is placed on an appropriate review schedule so that growth and dental development can be monitored carefully. In this way, any orthodontic intervention (if required) can be timed to begin at the optimal period for that individual. There is no fee for these review appointments, no matter how frequently we deem it important to see each child.

Early treatment does not necessarily eliminate the need for further treatment, but it aims to reduce the complexity of any future treatment and can sometimes avoid the need to extract adult teeth down the track. However occasionally, an early phase of treatment may be all that individual will ever require to develop a functional and aesthetic smile. Each child is very different and no case is the same.

Early orthodontic treatment includes dealing with the management of space (crowding or spacing), correcting protruded teeth, dealing with underbites, crossbites and ectopic or impacted teeth. Appliances used for correcting these problems range from removable plates, fixed expanders or sometimes having braces on just a few teeth which need correcting.

We will assess each child as an individual and form a carefully constructed treatment plan with the best long-term outcome in mind. We will only undertake early treatment if we believe the benefits of this will truly make a difference to the overall treatment of the patient.