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South West Rocks Family Dental has been proudly serving the South West Rocks and Kempsey Shire for over 30 years.
With advances in dentistry, we can now straighten teeth right here in South West Rocks with both clear trays or braces! Orthodontics is a specialised field of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of misaligned teeth and jaws. The goal of orthodontic treatment is to improve the functionality and aesthetics of the teeth and jaw, as well as overall dental health.
With pressure on teeth for long enough, they will slowly move, this is the foundation of orthodontics – slow gentle movement of teeth to where they should be. It involves the use of various orthodontic appliances such as braces, aligners, and retainers to gradually move teeth into their proper position. Here are some key aspects of orthodontics:
Common Orthodontic Problems: Common orthodontic problems include crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth, overbite, underbite, crossbite, and gaps between teeth. Often, we combine orthodontics with other cosmetic procedures to transform our patients smile.
Orthodontic Treatment Options: There are several orthodontic treatment options available, including traditional braces, clear braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners. The choice of treatment depends on individual needs and preferences. The majority of cases are clear aligners due to their discreet nature and comfort.
How Orthodontic Appliances Work: Orthodontic appliances work by applying gentle, constant pressure on the teeth and jawbone, gradually moving them into their correct position over time.
Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment: Orthodontic treatment can improve the functionality and aesthetics of the teeth and jaw, as well as overall dental health. It can also boost self-confidence and improve quality of life.
Orthodontic Treatment Process: The orthodontic treatment process typically involves several stages, including consultation, examination, treatment planning, and regular follow-up appointments. For most cases it will take between 9 and 24 months.
Pros and Cons of Orthodontics
Improved Dental Health: Orthodontic treatment can improve the functionality and aesthetics of the teeth and jaw, as well as overall dental health.
Boosted Self-Confidence: Orthodontic treatment can improve the appearance of the smile, leading to increased self-confidence and improved quality of life.
Customised Treatment: Orthodontic treatment is customised to individual needs and preferences, ensuring the best possible outcomes.
Range of Treatment Options: There are several orthodontic treatment options available, including traditional braces, clear braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners, providing flexibility in treatment choices.
Cost: Orthodontic treatment can be costly.
Time Commitment: Orthodontic treatment can take several months or years to complete, requiring regular appointments and compliance with treatment protocols.
Discomfort: Orthodontic treatment can be uncomfortable, especially during the initial adjustment phase.
Orthodontics is a specialised field of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of misaligned teeth and jaws.
Orthodontics in the Kempsey Shire is limited. That’s why we have introduced orthodontic treatment in South West Rocks to help our patients achieve their goals and save time and money on travel and specialists.
We are general dentists with additional training in orthodontic care. However we’re not specialists and it is crucial we are able to understand your situation and guide you as to the best treatment. Sometimes, that’s a specialist.
Orthodontic treatment options include traditional braces, clear braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners. The choice of treatment depends on individual needs and preferences.
Orthodontic treatment can take several months to years, depending on individual needs and treatment goals. Aligners are most often 12-18 months.
Orthodontic treatment can cause discomfort, especially during the initial adjustment phase. However, rarely is it significant and can be managed with pain killers if necessary for a day or two.
Patients typically need to see us every 4-8 weeks for adjustments or new trays and progress checks during treatment.
The cost of orthodontic treatment varies depending on individual needs and treatment options. Depending on your needs it can be between 6 and 9 thousand for the entire course of treatment.
Yes, adults can get orthodontic treatment. In fact, orthodontic treatment for adults is becoming increasingly popular.
Yes, patients can participate in sports and play musical instruments with orthodontic appliances, especially aligners. However, patients may need to take special precautions to protect their appliances during these activities.
Maintaining good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment is essential. Patients should brush and floss regularly, use a fluoride mouthwash, and avoid sticky, sugary foods that can damage orthodontic appliances. We can provide additional guidance on maintaining good oral hygiene during treatment and recommend regular cleans.