When is the best time see your orthodontist?

The best time to start orthodontic treatment will vary depending on the problem. Most orthodontic issues are usually apparent by the time most of the adult front teeth have erupted so as a general rule we recommend visiting your orthodontist at around 8 to 9 years of age. This doesn't mean to start treatment instead this early examination gives our orthodontist the opportunity to evaluate, plan for, and time your treatment appropriately.

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What should I look out for?

There are a number of early signs that your child may need to visit your orthodontist. Some of these include Crowding, Early or late loss of the baby teeth, Finger-sucking or other habits, Poorly aligned teeth, and Facial imbalance or asymmetry.

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What treatment options are available?

As every person is different, the appropriate treatment options and appliances will vary according to your individual needs. At Bankstown Smile Design we have offer a full range of treatment options and appliances focusing on a completely customised approach.

Conventional Braces: These are the traditional braces and are available in both the Metal or the Ceramic options. The Ceramic braces are the "Aesthetic Clear" braces that are barely visible.

Lingual "Invisible" Braces: These are traditional braces that are placed on the inside of the teeth to provide a completely invisible treatment option in suitable cases.

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Invisalign "Clear Aligner Technology": Invisalign uses state of the art sequential thermoplastic aligners to progressively move teeth in suitable cases.

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"Fast Braces": These are exactly the same as traditional braces however they only focus on the aesthetic appearance of the front teeth and do not take into consideration your bite. These are suitable in specific cases and our orthodontist will provide you with further information.

Dento-facial Orthopaedics: Otherwise known as functional orthodontics or growth modification. Some orthodontic problems are related to irregularities in the jaws themselves and functional appliances used at the optimal age can enhance or redirect the position of the jaws leading to improved facial aesthetics and harmony.

Orthognathic Surgery: In some cases, the irregularities or disharmony between the jaws can be too severe to treat with orthodontics alone. In these cases, it may be necessary to have a combined orthodontic and surgical treatment approach to reposition the jaws to correct the bite and improve the facial harmony.

For more information, please call our Bankstown clinic on (02) 9790 5376