Near Bella vista
Who needs adult orthodontics?
People with gapped teeth
Adults have a gap in their teeth if they
- have a tooth size to jaw discrepancy
- never had a childhood gap fixed
- develop gum disease due to poor oral health
People with an incorrect bite
- An overbite, when the front teeth don’t meet the back teeth
- An underbite, when the lower teeth protrude forwards
People with an oversized frenum
The frenum is a tissue that connects the upper lip to the gum. If it overgrows, it can push down between the front teeth and move them away.
What is adult orthodontics?
Since adults’ teeth have stopped growing and are set in place, it takes more time and increased pressure to move them into a new position.
Adult orthodontics near Bella Vista is rising in popularity as people are becoming conscious of aesthetics and more aware of the importance of good oral health.
Why opt for adult orthodontics?
Misaligned teeth, if left untreated can lead to a number of problems that may require complex and expensive treatments to fix, such as dental decay that might lead to caries, gingivitis or even periodontitis, which in turn might lead to loose teeth, and loss of bone density in the jaw.
Having straight, healthy teeth is important for all ages as they also allow easy cleaning of the mouth.
Furthermore, straight and even teeth make for an attractive smile which is proven to have great social and professional benefits.
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Types of adult orthodontics appliances
Conventional Metal Bracket Braces
A single metal or ceramic bracket fixed on a front tooth holds wires that run to the back of the teeth and are held there with anchors.
Replaceable Clear Aligners
Clear aligners are removable medical-grade plastic trays that are custom-made for you. Aligners fit over your teeth and have to be replaced every two weeks.
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Frequently asked Questions
What are the benefits of adult orthodontic treatment?
Adults opting for orthodontic treatment can look forward to
- a great smile
- increased self-confidence
- better oral healthy
- improved speech
How do I know if I am a candidate for adult orthodontic treatment?
You may desire braces to fix a smile you are unhappy with, but are you the right candiate for the treatment?
Your orthodontist will examine your mouth and ask you questions about your health to determine your suitablity.
You can get braces if you have
- no dental decay
- healthy gums
If you have bad dental health, your dentist will treat the condition before starting treatment for adult orthodontics near Bella Vista.
What are the different types of adult orthodontic treatments available?
Though they are the most popular, braces are not the only way to fix misaligned teeth. There are other orthodontic treatments available as well.
- fixed braces
- removable braces
- functional appliances
- headgear (used with other appliances)
How long will I need to wear my braces?
Adults need to wear braces for a longer time if they are fixing crooked teeth because their teeth have stopped growing and are fixed in place.
Usually, an adult orthodontic treatment can last between two and three years.
Are ceramic braces and metal braces the same thing?
Metal braces are made of titanium, chrome, stainless steel or gold or alloys of these metals. They are durable, hypo-allergenic and a good option for more complex orthodontic treatments.
Ceramic or clear braces are made of aluminium oxide and white or the same colour as your teeth, making them more discreet than metal braces. They may take longer to achieve results than metal braces.
How much do adult orthodontics cost?
In Australia, different treatment options for misaligned teeth have different costs.
- Ceramic braces can cost upwards of $5000 for an 18-month treatment.
- Metal braces can cost upwards of $4500.
- Lingual braces costs start from $7500 for a single arch and from $12,500 for the full mouth.
- Clear aligners costs can start from $,2000.
Which braces are best for me?
If you are looking for adult orthodontics near Bella Vista, you should make an appointment with Dr Jack Yang or his team of dentists who have vast experience in adult orthodontic care.
They will discuss the best treatment to align your teeth with you before informing you of the flexible payment plans they offer to make orthodontic treatment affordable.
How do I care for my braces?
No matter what type of braces you have, caring for them means you must maintain good oral hygiene. A proper brushing technique will keep your braces clean and your teeth safe from bacteria.
Should I choose Invisalign or braces?
Your dentist will be best suited to answer this question as the answer depends on your orthodontic issues.
Braces are recommended for teeth that require major repositioning or if the patient is unable to commit to wearing removable trays responsibly.
Invisalign is for people who have milder dental issues, need very discreet realigners and can commit to wearing the trays for 22 hours daily and keeping them very clean.
What are the risks of adult orthodontics?
When considering the risks associated with adult orthodontics, Bella Vista patients should know that they might present with:
- toothache and discomfort which can treated with over-the-counter painkillers
- scratches and ulcers on the inside of the mouth, which can be minimised with orthodontic wax.
- gum infection, but this doesn't happen if teeth are kept clean
- enamel demineralisation which can happen if bacteria is allowed to grow on the teeth's surface. Regular visits to your orthodontic team and good will minimise this risk.
Will my insurance cover adult orthodontics?
In Australia, health insurance separates dental treatment into three categories:
- general dental (cleaning, scaling)
- major dental (tooth extraction)
- orthodontics (braces and Invisalign)
Not all insurance policies cover all categories, so you need to check with your insurance company to make sure orthodontic treatment is included.
Who is a specialist orthodontist?
A specialist orthodontist is a dentist who treats misaligned teeth.
Specialist orthodontists take focused courses and undergo extra training to get the specialty qualification.
Do I need to visit a specialist orthodontist near Bella Vista?
If you are seeking orthodontic treatment in Bella Vista, visit Dr Jack Yang and his team of highly-qualified and experienced dentists who offer various orthodontic options such as braces, retainers and Invisalign clear aligners and have hundreds of happy patients in Bella Vista and its surrounding suburbs.
In the initial consultation, they will examine your mouth and discuss a personalised treatment plan so you can get the smile you've always wanted!
How can I make braces affordable?
Dr Jack Yang is happy to facilitate interest free payment plans through National Dental Plan Financing.
Is there a difference between adult and child orthodontics?
Qualified orthodontic professionals can create a perfect smile with straight teeth for children and adults without a problem.
How do I choose the right orthodontist for me?
If you need to fix the alignment of your teeth and are looking for a dentist to fit braces near Bella Vista, you should consider the following:
- hygiene standards
- payment plants offered
- availability and accessibility in case of an emergency
- is open to answering any questions you may have
- has a patient and gentle manner
- is willing to discuss treatment options in detail