Orthodontics North Shore Sydney
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Orthodontics is the science of straightening crooked teeth and misaligned bites.
Traditional orthodontics were unsightly and expensive, and the treatment was primarily performed on teenagers as their adult teeth were growing.
Modern orthodontic treatments start with early intervention for young children and include treatments for children, teenagers and adults. Your dentist can discuss your treatment needs and recommend the most suitable solutions for your individual situation.
When do I need an orthodontic assessment?
Orthodontic assessments begin when children are young, enabling early intervention to correct jaw growth and prevent long-term orthodontic issues.
We like to see children as early as 3 to monitor speech and other habits. Our visiting speech pathologist along with our dentists will assess the patient and modify habits to prevent long-term orthodontic issues.
Referral to ENT (ear, nose, throat) specialists is also conducted to assess for ENT problems, such as mouth breathing, enlarged tonsils, adenoids that might affect jaw growth.
Primary school aged children
We assess jaw growth and recommend orthopaedic correction or early interceptive appliances to modify jaw growth at this stage.
From the age of 12 we may recommend conventional braces which might be metal or ceramic (white) or aligners such as Invisalign® for straightening of teeth or aligning bites.
Today, many adults are having orthodontic treatment to improve their smile or bites, and there are a range of invisible treatments to suit all lifestyles and budgets. Adult treatments include white ceramic braces, lingual braces (that are fitted behind the teeth and are invisible) and Invisalign® – clear removable aligners that realign the teeth without using braces.
Fitted on the inside of the teeth, “behind the teeth braces” or lingual braces are completely invisible.