What are aesthetic braces?
Many patients do not want metal braces fixed to their teeth. "Train-tracks" are very obvious, even from a distance, and there is an increasing demand for less conspicuous braces.
Aesthetic braces are clear or tooth-coloured brackets which are usually made from porcelain. A metal wire is used to straighten the teeth but this is only really obvious on closer inspection. These clear braces are usually fitted on the upper front teeth and upper side teeth only. Perfect Smiles Othodontics user Damon Clear In-Ovation C and Clarity brackets.
If porcelain brackets are fitted to the lower teeth they could damage the edges of the upper incisors. Metal attachments are therefore normally recommended in the lower arch.
What are invisible (lingual) braces?
Perfect Smiles Orthodontics specialize in invisible (lingual Incognito) braces for adults. These are fixed behind the teeth so that they do not show at all.
As invisible braces are placed on the inside of the teeth, they are ideal for those who would prefer their treatment to go unnoticed.
Invisible braces may only be needed for short periods of time for simple problems although complex cases can take up to 2 years. The majority of invisible
braces are on adult patients but children can request this treatment from 14 years of age. Fees are between two and three times that of conventional treatment.
Whilst invisible braces do not show, our patients certainly know they are there. The tongue may be irritated and sore initially. Speech can be affected, causing a lisp or whistling sound in the first few weeks.
Chewing food will also be difficult as the teeth are held apart by the braces for the first few months.
90% of patients wearing invisible braces have very few complaints after the first 10 days.
What is SureSmile?
For decades, orthodontists have straightened teeth by placing a series of archwires in a patient's mouth. Each wire required minutes to be placed by the doctor to move the teeth to their intended position. Over time teeth are straightened and the braces are removed.
Suresmile is a new technology using computer software and robotics to make precise bends in a patient's treatment wire. When such a wire is placed, the teeth are moved with very gentle forces programmed into the new high-tech memory wire. The net result is a beautiful smile and a comfortable bite with fewer wire changes and in significantly less time than conventional wires bent by the doctor. Patients benefit by having fewer wire changes, less sore teeth, and getting their braces off in fewer months.
To utilise SureSmile technology, our main office in Ballajura will scan the teeth within a few months of placing the braces. The information derived from the scan is sent over the internet to a facility in Texas. Dr Chin will then move the teeth into their ideal position in the virtual world. Computer software then directs robotic arms (as illustrated) to place the necessary bends in the high-tech wire to produce the perfect smile and the perfect bite!
Get Invisalign Braces in Perth
Straight teeth, no braces. The Invisalign braces treatment is made up of a series of thin, clear plastic aligners that act to gradually move your teeth into place. Most of your friends probably won't even know you're wearing them. Invisalign braces Teen products incorporates a blue indicator that allows the doctor and the parents to monitor the teen'sInvisalign compliance.
Invisalign braces can be more hygenic than other treatment options. Invisalign braces allow the opportunity to remove your aligners when you eat, drink, brush and floss, making it much easier to maintain dental hygiene.
Worried about how braces will look in your photos at your upcoming school balll? With Invisalign you dont have to worry. Invisalign is entirely removable and although you have to wear the aligners for 22 hours a day, it gives you the option of taking it out for photos.
What is a Forsus appliance?
A Forsus appliance is a fixed appliance that works on the upper and lower teeth at the same time. It works by pulling the top teeth back and pushing the bottom teeth forward so that your bite matches up.
How long do I need to wear the Forsus Appliance?
The Forsus are permanently fitted onto your top and bottom teeth. For the treatment to work, the appliance must stay in your mouth for 6 to 9 months.
Will it be painful?
It is likely to be uncomfortable for the first two weeks after the Forsus appliance is inserted.
During the first 2 weeks:
Rinse with warm salty water every hour (1 tsp salt to 1/2 cup warm water). Reduce the rinsing to three times a day thereafter. At night, place cotton rolls between the cheeks and the springs to cushion the area while sleeping. Take panadol and eat soft foods during the first 3 days to alleviate the intitial discomfort.
Can I eat normally?
At first, your bite will feel awkward and eating will seem different until you adjust to your new jaw position. For your treatment to work well and in the shortest possible time, it is important that you take care of your teeth and brace. In order to prevent damage to both, you should: Avoid eating all kinds of sugary foods, lollies and chewing gum. Avoid fizzy drinks (including diet drinks) and excessive amounts of fruit juice.
What is toothbrushing?
It is important that you brush three times a day and use a fluroride toothpaste. If possible, carry a brush with you for use after lunch. Keep the fluroide toothpaste. If possible, carry a brush with you for use after lunch. Keep the Forsus springs very clean by checking the entire appliance after brushing to make sure it is shiny. If plaque bacterium is allowed to remain on the appliance, it will appear dull and may cause sores (ulcers) to form inside your mouth. Please call the office if sores develop inside your mouth.
How often will I need an appointment?
You will need regular appointments (every 6 - 8 weeks) for the Forsus to be adjusted.
What do I do if my Forsus breaks?
Ring up for an appointment as soon as possible. Do not wait for your next routine appointment as the breakage may slow your treatment and damage your mouth.
What is a fixed appliance?
A fixed appliance is a type of brace which is glued onto your teeth. As such, this type of brace cannot be removed for cleaning or eating. They work on your teeth by:
- Straightening crooked teeth
- Correcting bad or uncomfortable bites
How long will your treatment take with a fixed brace?
Treatment with braces normally takes between 12 to 24 months to complete. However, this may vary according to the severity of your case. If you fail or cancel your appointments repeatedly or frequently break your braces, your treatment time will be longer to fix your crooked teeth.
Will it be painful?
Your teeth will be sore for 3 to 5 days after:
- The initial fitting of the brace
- Each subsequent adjustment
If required, mild painkillers such as Paracetamol (Panadaol) or Ibuprofen (Nurofen) may be taken to ease the discomfort. You will also be given some wax to stop the brace from rubbing on you cheeks and lips.
Can I eat normally?
Yes, you should be able to eat normally. However, for your treatment to work well and in the shortest possible time, it is very important that you take good care of your teeth and brace. In order to prevent damage to both, please avoid the following foods:
- Sticky foods such as toffees, chewing gum etc
- Hard foods such as crusty bread, popcorn, toast, biscuits etc. However, if you cut up any hard foods into small bite-sized pieces, then you may eat them carefully.
- Sugary foods such as lollies and chocolate
- Fizzy drinks and excessive amounts of juice
What about toothbrushing?
It is very important that you brush your teeth and your braces four times a day with a fluoride toothpaste. You should be brushing after meal times including:
- After Breakfast
- After Lunch
- After Dinner
- Before Bedtime
- A fluoride mouthwash should also be used before bedtime after toothbrushing
- The area between your gums and teeth
- The areas in between and underneath the brackets
If you do not keep your teeth, gums and braces clean, your gums will become inflamed and your teeth will permantley scarred.
What should I do if my brace breaks?
You must ring up for an appointment to repair your brace as soon as possible. Please do not wait for your next appointment as the breakage may damage your teeth and slow down your treatment time. If you break your braces repeatedly (more than 3 times), you will be charged a repair fee for each subsequent breakage. Should you continue to break your braces without due care, your orhtodontist may elect to stop your treatment.