Did you know that over half (55%) of Australians feel self-conscious about their teeth? If you often find yourself hiding or covering your teeth because of dental imperfections, you’re not alone. Luckily, advancements in restorative and cosmetic dentistry mean there are a plethora of solutions available. Long gone are the days of painful, conspicuous orthodontic appliances. Contemporary braces are quicker and more discrete than ever. While fixed metal braces continue to be an effective solution, here at Perfect Smiles Orthodontics we also offer a range of other treatments. This includes invisible appliances, such as Invisalign, Incognito lingual braces, and ceramic braces, that remain hidden to the untrained eye. These are ideal if you want the benefits of a straight smile without the added attention often associated with metal
Whether you’re interested in fixed, removable, lingual, or low-cost braces, at Perfect Smiles Orthodontics, there’s a solution for everyone.
Metal braces, which comprise small metal brackets affixed to every tooth and connected by a tightening wire, are an effective option for orthodontic cases, whether major or minor. However, due to their invasiveness, they may not be suitable for all patients
Ceramic braces function similarly to metal braces, but instead of gray or metallic silver brackets and wires, they use clear or tooth-colored brackets. Ceramic braces are a popular choice for individuals who want to undergo orthodontic treatment without attracting unwanted attention to their teeth. Choosing ceramic braces can be beneficial for people who are concerned about feeling self-conscious while wearing braces.
Invisalign is a form of orthodontic treatment that effectively aligns teeth without relying on conventional metal braces. The treatment involves utilising a series of personalised, transparent braces that gradually shift teeth into the correct position. These clear braces are designed to be unobtrusive and can be easily removed as needed, making them less noticeable compared to the conventional metal braces.
The Carriere Motion device is a sleek metallic ‘limb’ that is typically affixed to the third and sixth teeth. Additionally, a transparent detachable retainer will be placed on the opposite jaw, with a fastener attached to the rear tooth for attaching removable elastics. It is a professional-grade appliance designed to improve teeth alignment.
At Perfect Smiles Orthodontics, we’ve been creating beautiful smiles since 2006. Our principle orthodontist, Dr. Chin, is certified by both the General Dental Council (United Kingdom) and the Dental Board of Australia. He has been practicing orthodontics since 1997.
We strive to provide timely and efficient dental results. Our specialist team of nurses and orthodontists will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan that caters to your exact goals, concerns, and budget.
The cost of any orthodontic treatment depends on a variety of individual circumstances. We take into consideration factors such as the type of brace, the length of treatment, and the severity of your misalignment. That being said, at Perfect Smiles Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on offering a range of orthodontic treatments that are suitable for all budgets. To get a better understanding of how much braces will cost, call us to arrange an consultation.
It is natural to be intrigued about the comfort of braces. After your initial brace fitting, you’ll likely experience mild pain or discomfort for around 3 to 5 days. Braces work by applying continual pressure to the teeth, and this can take a while to become accustomed to. Most patients describe the sensation as a dull ache. If necessary, you can take a mild over-the-counter painkiller such as paracetamol (pandaol) or ibuprofen (nurofen).
You may also experience irritation and soreness if your braces happen to rub the inside of your cheeks. Over time, your gum will thicken and become more robust but, until then, the orthodontist will provide orthodontic wax. This can be applied to the brace brackets that are bothering you to prevent further irritation.
The good news is that braces will have no overarching effect on your ability to eat. Although at first you may find it easier to stick to soft foods, such as rice and soup, eventually you’ll be comfortable eating a variety of foods.
Nevertheless, in order to prevent damage to your braces, you should avoid:
When you have braces it is more important than ever to maintain good oral hygiene. Therefore, we recommend that you brush your teeth using fluoride toothpaste four times a day for at least two minutes. This will help to ensure that plaque cannot build up and harden around your braces.
If you notice that your fixed metal, lingual, or ceramic braces have broken or become loose, you must ring us straight away. The receptionist will arrange for you to visit the practice to have your braces repaired as soon as possible. Please do not wait until your next appointment, as this may unnecessarily hinder and lengthen your treatment.
We understand that accidents can happen, so your first three brace repairs will be free of charge. After this, you will be charged a repair fee for each subsequent breakage. Should you repeatedly break your braces due to lack of diligence, the orthodontist may decide to terminate your treatment.
Are you considering straightening your teeth with orthodontic braces?
Get in touch with a member of our friendly staff to arrange a consultation and find out which options are available to you.