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General Dental Care
During your orthodontic treatment, it is essential that you keep your regular six (6) monthly appointments with your General Dentist to ensure proper health of your teeth and surrounding tissues is maintained.
Your dentist can examine the teeth for signs of decay and repair those areas needing attention. The teeth can be cleaned, fluoride applied to them, and good cleaning techniques may be reinforced.S
Frequently Asked Questions
Most orthodontic problems are inherited. Examples of these genetic problems are crowding, spacing, protrusion, extra or missing teeth and some jaw growth problems. Other malocclusions are acquired by thumb or finger sucking, dental disease, accidents, the early or late loss of baby (primary) teeth, or other causes.
Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. A bad bite can also cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and /or speaking, and excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue. Without treatment, many problems become worse and can require additional dental care later in life.
Orthodontists are dental specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities. They receive an additional three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists”.
No, a referral from a General Dentist is not required. Simply phone us for an appointment.
It is recommended that your child get an orthodontic check-up from about 7 years of age. By this age, orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. That’s important because some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they are found early. Most orthodontic patients begin active treatment between ages 9 and 14.
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at almost any age. In fact, about one in every five orthodontic patients today is over age 18. Thanks to today’s smaller, less visible, more comfortable orthodontic appliances, adults are finding treatment more appealing.
Orthodontic treatment is a partnership of the doctor and patient. The orthodontist provides custom made fixed or removable appliances that use gentle pressure to move teeth into their proper positions. For the patient, orthodontic treatment always requires following the orthodontist’s instructions, keeping scheduled orthodontic appointments and maintaining excellent oral hygiene to achieve the best results. You should also continue to see your general dentist for routine check ups and dental care.
Patients who need orthodontic treatment generally have one to two years of active treatment followed by a retention phase.
The cost of treatment will depend on many factors, including the severity of the problem, it’s complexity and length of treatment. The team at Tuggeranong Orthodontic Centre will be glad to discuss the cost of treatment before treatment begins. Patients are finding that braces are more affordable today than ever.