Teeth Straightening

Orthodontics

Orthodontics involves straightening teeth and correcting the bite to improve your smile and overall dental health and comfort.

According to the Australian Dental Associtation (ADA), some other reasons to straighten your teeth are:

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Braces

Dental braces, are devices used in orthodontics to correct and align teeth and jaws. They are commonly used to treat various orthodontic issues,
such as:

The use of braces may start at any age, however it is best to commence their use as soon as their need is detected. In general, orthodontic treatment commenced earlier in life is shorter and less complex. At Mildura Family Dental, as part of your check-up or consultation your dentist can also assess your bite and teeth alignment and discuss if you would benefit from orthodontic treatment. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Teeth straightening is the process of aligning crooked or misaligned teeth to improve their appearance and function. This can be achieved through various orthodontic treatments, including braces, clear aligners, and other appliances.

Braces are a fixed orthodontic appliance made up of brackets, wires, and bands that work together to gradually move teeth into proper alignment. They can be made of metal or ceramic materials.

Clear aligners are a removable orthodontic appliance made of clear plastic that fit over the teeth and apply gentle pressure to move them into proper alignment. Examples include Invisalign and ClearCorrect.

The length of teeth straightening treatment depends on the severity of the orthodontic issue and the chosen treatment method. On average, braces are worn for 18-24 months, while clear aligners can take 6-18 months.

Teeth straightening can cause some discomfort or soreness, especially during the first few days of treatment or after adjustments. However, this can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and usually subsides within a few days.

You should continue to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing regularly. It is also important to avoid certain foods that can damage or dislodge the orthodontic appliances, such as hard or sticky foods.

Teeth straightening can improve the appearance and function of teeth, resulting in better oral health and overall confidence. It can also improve speech, prevent jaw problems, and make it easier to maintain good oral hygiene.

The cost of teeth straightening varies depending on the chosen treatment method, the severity of the orthodontic issue, and your location. In general, braces can range from $3,000 to $7,000, while clear aligners can cost $3,000 to $8,000.

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Invisalign

Invisalign treatment can be an alternative to braces in some cases.

It consists of a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are individually made for your teeth.

As you replace each aligner every few weeks, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position prescribed by your dentist.

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