ORTHODONTICS

Orthodontic Procedures


6 Month Orthodontic Makeover

6 Month Orthodontic Makeover

Many adults spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk. They feel stuck because they do not want to wear metal braces for years or they are concerned that other corrective procedures could be too invasive or too expensive. Now, there is an effective, safe and affordable cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle.

A revolutionary combination of proven orthodontic techniques, modern materials, and innovative thought - Our 6 Month Orthodontic Makeover utilises clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months.

The is a revolutionary way of perfecting your smile more quickly by just focusing on those key, prominent teeth which are displayed most noticably when you flash your smile.

Before you can be treated with the 6 Month Orthodontic Makeover you must first visit our office. Here we determine if your specific smile problems fit the profile, or if the other orthodontic and cosmetic treatment options would be more suitable.

The 6 Month Orthodontic Makeover is a patient-driven process and provides the best results by addressing your primary concerns as quickly as possible.

Wedding Smile Package

Wedding Smile Package
  • Ever thought about having a perfect smile for your perfect day ?
  • Choose from the invisible lingual brace OR the white ceramic braces
  • FREE teeth whitening and removable retainers
  • Straight pearly white teeth to dazzle your special day
  • Braces to be put back on after the wedding if required
  • FREE fixed and removable retainers at the end of treatment.

Jaw Surgery

Jaw Surgery

Some people are born with skeletal problems that prevent them from biting normally. Also known as severe malocclusion, the deformity can cause difficulties with chewing food properly (which affects digestion), speech problems, headaches and joint pain. It can also compromise a person's appearance, especially their profile. To correct a bad bite, the jaw can be realigned using either orthodontic devices or surgery.

Jaw surgery (also known as orthognathic surgery) is needed if the deformity is in an adolescent or an adult and is so severe that orthodontic treatment alone cannot correct it.

Patients seek jaw surgery for a number of reasons. The most common are the following:

  • Difficulty in eating and speaking
  • Disproportionately large upper or lower jaws
  • Long Face
  • Facial asymmetries
  • Chin abnormalities
What does jaw surgery involve?
Pre-surgical orthodontics

Pre-surgical orthodontics

It may take from six to 18 months to prepare a patient for your jaw surgery, depending on their needs. First, we will fit braces to your teeth to begin aligning them so your bite is correct when the surgery is complete. During orthodontic treatment, impressions will be taken to check the progress of the orthodontic alignment. Once we are satisfied that your pre-surgical goals have been reached, we will make an appointment for your procedure.

Surgical orthodontics

The surgical procedure

Surgery is performed in the hospital with an oral surgeon, and takes a few hours, depending on the amount and type of surgery needed. In lower jaw surgery, the jawbone behind the teeth is separated and the tooth-bearing portion is moved forward or backward, as needed. In upper jaw surgery, the jaw can be repositioned forward or backward, or the jaw can be raised or lowered.

 

When you have completed surgery, you should be able to return to college or work within two weeks. After the necessary healing time (about 4-8 weeks),braces are removed within 6 to 12 months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to maintain your beautiful new smile.

Oral hygiene during treatment

Oral Hygiene During Treatment

Brush your teeth after every meal, taking care to brush the gums and the braces as well as the teeth. The braces should always look as shiny as on the day they were placed.

Use a proxabrush to clean the areas between the braces and the wire. The brush can also be used for areas of crowded teeth or for cleaning around springs and hooks.

Floss daily taking care to thoroughly clean the areas where the brackets are close to the gums.

Use a water-based mouthwash with fluoride such as Oral B Fluorinse or ACT with Fluoride to decrease the risk of decalcifications (white spots around the brackets).

Snoring Prevention

Snoring Prevention

Snoring is caused by partial closure of your airway during sleep due to the relaxation of the muscles in your neck. The soft tissues then vibrate to cause the sound of snoring.

Why does it happen?

Certain factors increase the chances of snoring such as anatomical nature of our airways, increased upper body weight and therefore more fat and soft tissue around the neck ,weaker throat muscles as a result of ageing.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)?

Some snorers "STOP" snoring and breathing for a few seconds and then this is followed by a gasp of air and/or snorting and choking. This can happen several times in the night. Every time we stop breathing this is known as Apnoea- our bodies get starved off oxygen. OSA sufferers do not have restful sleep and are often affected by daytime sleepiness and other health problems.

How does OSA affect your lifestyle and health?

The lack of sleep can cause:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Poor motivation
  • High stress levels
  • Lack of energy and less effectiveness at work
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease

A comprehensive questionnaire would be filled out along with a thorough clinical examination. From this the clinician would determine whether you suffer from 'simple snoring' or OSA. If you suffer from OSA you will be referred onto a 'Sleep Study' clinic where the diagnosis would be confirmed.

However if you suffer from 'simple snoring' you will be offered the option of having a customized Mandibular Advancement splint to be made. This is an intraoral device, which has been clinically proven to stop snoring and alleviate the symptoms of OSA improving your and your partner's quality of life.

Retainers

Removable Retainers

Retention is the final and very important stage of orthodontic treatment. The goal of retention is to preserve your beautiful smile and functional bite for life. Teeth tend to shift and become more crowded throughout lifetime, whether you have had orthodontic treatment or not. Retainers keep the teeth in their corrected positions until the bones and the gums adapt to the change.

Therefore we recommend that you wear your retainers for an indefinite period of time - wear them as long as you want to keep your teeth straight. It's now your responsibility.

Removable Retainer
Removable Retainer

Wear your retainers full time, until the doctor instructs otherwise.

Take your retainers out when eating…and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunch rooms or restaurants.)

Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque and eliminates odors. Efferdent or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used but these do not take the place of brushing.

Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing aloud to get used to them faster.

If retainers are lost or broken call us immediately.

Retainers are expensive to replace so please take great care of them.

Fixed Retainer
Fixed Retainer

You may be fitted with a wire to the back of your bottom/top teeth. This is called a bonded retainer. You will need to keep this extra clean. Please avoid any hard, sticky and crunchy foods if you have been fitted with one. If this breaks please wear your removable retainer full time and contact the practice immediately.