If you are ready to seek out teeth straightening options in Brisbane in 2022, then Alexandra Hills Dental is here to help. Our team of experts is here to create the ideal treatment plan to meet your goals and expectations for your smile.
Your oral health and self-confidence are important to us which is why we take the time to walk you through your treatment options and find the right match for your needs.
There are several options for straightening teeth. Which one is best suited for you and the recommended treatment time will be determined in consultation with a specialist orthodontist.
All options require the patient to practice exceptional oral hygiene to avoid gum disease and complications during treatment.
Traditional Metal Braces
These braces are the ones most of us are familiar with, they feature metal brackets fixed to the front of each tooth and are connected by a tensioning archwire. In recent years the metal brackets have become less common with clear, less visible brackets being favoured.
Metal braces are often paired with bright elastic ligatures (bands) around each bracket. These bands keep the archwire held into place on the bracket and can also be used to direct the teeth in a particular direction.
Metal braces are often the most cost-effective and fastest way to straighten crooked teeth. They are also able to handle more complex jaw and teeth issues that clear aligners or lingual braces may not be well suited for.
Ceramic braces are clear brackets placed on the front face of the teeth. They represent a great option for patients needing more effective treatment than traditional metal braces provide without the obvious appearance.
Ceramic braces may take slightly longer than their metal counterparts but are still highly effective. They also cause fewer mouth abrasions and are generally more comfortable to wear than metal braces.
Similar to traditional metal braces in appearance, lingual braces are instead placed on the back of each tooth. While they are often preferred due to the ability to hide them behind the teeth, lingual braces can extend treatment time and may affect a patient’s speech while fitted.
Lingual braces come with a higher price point than traditional braces. This is due to each bracket being custom made for the wearer.
More popular than ever, clear aligners such as Invisalign have revolutionised teeth straightening. Unlike braces, clear aligners are virtually invisible and removable, making it easier to clean your teeth and enjoy your favourite foods.
Clear aligners are generally the most expensive straightening option with the aligners being replaced every two weeks. Each aligner is made to complement a pre-prepared treatment plan that shifts your teeth gradually over time.
While there are many upsides to this treatment option, the trays can be uncomfortable and require serious dedication – needing to be worn at least 22 hours a day. Clear aligners are not always suitable for complex cases where the teeth or jaw require significant adjustment.
The first step is to book a consultation with our highly experienced and dedicated team. During your consultation, we will review your teeth and their current position through a physical inspection as well as x-rays.
Depending on the severity of your crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw, we will recommend the best treatment plan. We will advise regarding expected treatment duration, costs, any concerns we have and indicate what can realistically be achieved.
For more complex cases, we may also involve an oral surgeon to properly correct any concerns and give you the best outcome.
At Alexandra Hills Dental we have years of experience helping patients achieve their dream smile. Our focus is always on both enhancing your confidence while giving you a functional, comfortable and healthy smile.
Whether you have decided to proceed with straightening your teeth or simply wish to discuss the possibilities, we are the team you can trust. For compassionate care by highly skilled orthodontists, call today on 07 3824 4488 .