There has been tremendous advancements in the dental industry when it comes to Teeth Straightening (also called Orthodontic) treatments. In this month’s Teeth Talk issue, Principal Dentist Dr. Warren Antonoff, shares with us the various Teeth Straightening treatments and benefits, which are suitable for children and adults alike.
Not interested in wearing “train tracks” to make your smile better? No need to worry, there are many other ways to achieve a beautiful smile without having to wear traditional “wire” braces.
Braces still have a very important role to play in modern orthodontics. It’s reliable, it’s suitable for children who are non-compliant, and it’s proven to be effective in most orthodontics cases. However, many patients are deterred by traditional braces because they can take a long time to complete, and they don’t look very attractive – if anything, they attract the wrong kind of attention!
If you are looking for a “clear” alternative to traditional braces, you can’t go past Invisalign. Invisalign is a series of custom clear trays made specifically to fit your teeth, the number of aligners required depends on how crooked your teeth are. Typically the treatment time frame varies between 3 to 18 months and the cost is approximately between $3,000-8,000.
This photograph below illustrates the differences between traditional “wired braces” and Invisalign “clear braces” technology.
When Invisalign was first introduced over 15 years ago, there was a lot of sceptics to whether this would work or not, and rightly so. Initially the application of Invisalign was very limited, there were a lot of cases that were unsuitable or didn’t work very well. However, over the last decade significant advances have improved this technology and now for most cases Invisalign is a comparative alternative to conventional braces.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to only improve mild aesthetic needs and you’re not yet ready to go the extra mile to get braces, we may have other treatments for you. For example, the Inman Aligner is a special plate you wear either on the top or the bottom teeth that will correct your crooked front 4 teeth within weeks! If you’re suitable for this treatment, you could have your front teeth straightened very fast and effectively at a fraction of the cost of traditional braces.
Furthermore, if you’re looking to not only straighten your teeth, but perhaps also improve the colour and shape, then Teeth Whitening or Veneer treatments will be a suitable choice. Whatever your needs might be, if you’re interested in finding out what option suits you best, please call our Clinic on (03) 9593-1811 or book a consultation with one of our dentists.