Ryde Dental Care
17 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde NSW 2114
Dr Chad Hazouri
Cosmetic and General Dentistry

Orthodontic Treatment

Examination and Treatment planning

A through examination is important for proper diagnosis of a malocclusion. Records assist the accurate analysis of each patient.
They also records the exiting malocclusion for future reference.

Records include:

  • impressions from which plaster models of each teeth are constructed.
  • Photographs of teeth and face
  • X-ray films of teeth and jaws.

Advice can then be given on:

  • treatment options
  • when treatment should start
  • how long it should last
  • How much it is likely to cost

If it is too early to start treatment, the patient is reviewed at regular intervals until the time is right to start treatment.

Extractions and other preliminary treatments: Before orthodontic treatment starts, some people may need to have one or more teeth removed so that enough space is available to align the remaining teeth. Cavities in teeth should be filled. Teeth may also need to be professionally cleaned.

Braces

Braces are the most efficient and accurate way of moving teeth. Braces consist of bands, brackets and wires. They are usually made of stainless steel and selected metal alloys. Clear brackets (made of a tough ceramic) are available, usually at extra cost. Patients return about four to eight weeks for adjustments, wire changes, and general inspection of the treatment’s progress. Rubber bands and headgear

During treatment, some patients may need to wear items such as rubber bands and headgear with their braces. These provide important extra forces for the correction of their bite.

Length of treatment

Orthodontic treatment usually takes 18 to 24 months. Some cases may be finished earlier, and others may take longer to complete. The total treatment time depend on the severity of the original malocclusion, the type of treatment carried out, and the cooperation of the patient. Treatment delays can be avoided by following instructions, keeping appointments and taking good care of teeth, gums and braces.

Other orthodontic appliances

Other appliances can be used either preceding or with braces, and sometimes as an alternative to braces. Such appliances and their common use include:

Arch expansion appliances to correct cross bites.
Functional appliances to correct protruding teeth.
And removable orthodontic plates to correct relatively simple malocclusions.

Your dentist or orthodontist will be able to advise you on the suitability or need for these appliances.

Dental Check-ups

Orthodontic patients should continue to attend their family dentist for regular check-ups during the course of orthodontic treatment.

Inconvenience during treatment

For most people, orthodontic treatment will require changes to their daily routine and diet. For example, you may not able to chew gum or eat toffees and similar foods. You should avoid soft drinks. You will need to intensify your efforts at keeping your teeth clean. When playing contact sports, a mouth guard should be worn, your dentist or orthodontist will give you more information when you start treatment.

Retention

At the completion of active orthodontic treatment, the braces are removed, and retaining appliances (“retainers”) are fitted to hold the teeth steady in their new position. These appliances may be removable plates or wires fitted behind the teeth. Retainers pay an important role in orthodontic treatment. If they are not worn according to instructions, the teeth may move out of alignment. Your dentist or orthodontist will want to inspect the corrected teeth at regular periods for up to five years after the retainers have been phased out. During retention and the subsequent observation period, patients are expected to attend once or twice a year.

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