Orthodontics

Orthodontics

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Orthodontics is a specialty in dentistry that is concerned with the study and treatment of “bad bites”, which may be caused by a number of factors including tooth irregularity and disproportionate jaw relationships.

Orthodontic treatment can be carried out to improve aesthetics or function.

At Dental Boutique, we provide a range of orthodontic options to cater for your individual needs. Our orthodontic services include:

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most well known orthodontic treatment for a reason; they have been successful at treating misaligned teeth for years.

At Dental Boutique, our dentists’ use state of the art bracket system, which is customized to each individual patient to provide faster results with fewer appointments and less treatment time for patient comfort.

Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and arch-wires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding coloured elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colourful smile.

How do traditional braces work?

Traditional metal braces place pressure on the teeth to move them into their final desired position. They are often the cheapest and fastest treatment option to straighten teeth effectively.

Traditional braces can also be combined with other specialist orthodontic devices to correct jaw alignment and spacing issues.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces provide a discrete alternative to metal braces and are made of materials that blend with the natural colour of your teeth. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adults patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts.

Not every patient is a candidate for ceramic braces and your suitability will be determined at the time of your initial consult.

If invisibility is your reason for choosing ceramic braces, Invisalign is another potential alternative for you.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are unnoticeable to the eye as they are attached to the back of your teeth. They most often address the six upper and six lower teeth.

As the name implies, lingual braces are fitted on the back of the teeth (tongue side) and is completely invisible to your friends and family.

Treatment time lasts 4 to 6 months usually but it may be longer depending on your situation.

Not every patient is a candidate for lingual braces and your suitability will be determined at the time of your initial consult.

If invisibility is your reason for choosing lingual braces, Invisalign is another potential alternative for you.

What is an alternative to traditional braces?

Invisalign

Invisalign

Invisalign is the ideal solution for patients who would prefer a more discreet yet effective alternative to traditional fixed metal braces when looking to straighten their smile.

Invisalign are removable, custom made, clear orthodontic aligners that have a similar completion time to traditional fixed braces. We use computer technology to create your custom made changing of aligners according to your biological response from the last. These aligners move your natural teeth with gradual force to achieve your ideal positioning of teeth and smile and help to adjust your bite.

As an advanced practice, we employ a special technology that allows us to remotely control your treatment in near real-time and utilise a device that enables the treatment time to be reduced by 50%. This makes your Invisalign treatment results at Dental Boutique faster and more efficient, resulting in fewer and meaningful appointments at the dentist.

Dental Boutique has been awarded Invisalign Platinum Elite status 3 years in a row – an award given to the top providers of Invisalign.

Invisalign Vs Traditional Orthodontics Comparison Table

At Dental Boutique we understand that Invisalign and other orthodontic treatment is a lifelong investment and is not easy decision to make.

 

Here is a quick table to show you the differences at a glance:

 

Invisalign

Braces

Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible so it’s difficult for others to notice the treatment. The wires and brackets of traditional braces are visible.
Most patients may feel pressure in the early stage when starting with the first few Invisalign aligners. Most patients may feel pain each time braces are adjusted. The metal brackets may also irritate the mouth and cause ulcers.
Invisalign aligners are removable. You can remove them before eating/drinking and easily brush and floss to maintain good oral hygiene. Braces are fixed and not removable during the teeth straightening treatment. This makes it difficult to eat certain types of food (e.g. apples, nuts) and it can be difficult to clean and floss your teeth with the braces in.
Invisalign treatment allows you to visualise each stage of the treatment process, from the beginning to the end, giving you a clearer picture of the treatment duration. Traditional braces can only give you an estimate of the duration of treatment at the beginning of the treatment process.

Before deciding on the best orthodontic solution for you, it is important that you consult with one of our professionals. We can talk through your options, the advantages and disadvantages of each, and help you make an informed decision that is best for you.

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