Orthodontics is the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems with the alignment of teeth and jaws. The treatment involves the use of corrective appliances (clear or metal braces, plates, headgear, clear aligners or other functional appliances) to give a straight and healthy smile.

The technical term for these problems is malocclusion, which literally means bad bite. Crooked, misaligned and overlapping teeth can cause a range of oral health problems, including:

Gum disease
Quicker wear and tear
Jaw injury
Speech impediments

Early dental examination or treatment may prevent more severe problems from developing or make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. Early treatment may also achieve results that are not possible once the face and jaws have stopped growing.

Orthodontic treatment is highly effective and has been successful in both adults and children. The most common treatments used are:

Braces, using clear aligners or stainless brackets

Many brands on the market can assist in teeth straightening or teeth correcting. 

Many patients are looking for a treatment that is manageable and practical. Clear aligners have become popular because they are almost invisible and easy to maintain. 

Invisalign and Australian company SmileStyler use multiple clear trays to align the teeth (similar to a clear, thin mouthguard).

For more information, watch SmileStyler’s video below and visit SmileStyler. 

If you have any orthodontic concerns please do not hesitate to call MC Dental on (03) 8608 8968 for a consultation.