Braces and Invisalign

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 a common remedy for both in children and adults to either correct or prevent certain dental conditions.

These include:

The use of braces may start at any age, however it is best to commence their use as soon as their need is detected. 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

Braces are orthodontic appliances consisting of brackets, wires, and rubber bands that are attached to the teeth to straighten them. Invisalign is a clear aligner system that uses a series of custom-made trays to gradually shift the teeth into alignment.

The length of treatment depends on the severity of your orthodontic issues and the treatment method used. Typically, braces are worn for 18-36 months, while Invisalign treatment can range from 6-18 months.

Both braces and Invisalign can cause some discomfort or soreness during the initial adjustment period. However, this should subside within a few days.

You should clean your braces or Invisalign trays daily with a soft-bristled brush and mild soap. Be sure to also brush and floss your teeth regularly to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

You should avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods that can damage braces or cause Invisalign trays to become dislodged. Additionally, you should avoid consuming sugary or acidic foods and drinks that can cause tooth decay.

You will need to visit your orthodontist regularly for adjustments and progress checks. Typically, appointments are scheduled every 4-8 weeks.

Both braces and Invisalign can cause some side effects, such as mouth sores, discomfort, and difficulty speaking or eating. Additionally, braces can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease if proper oral hygiene is not maintained.

The choice between braces and Invisalign depends on your individual orthodontic needs, personal preferences, and lifestyle. Talk to your dental practitioner to determine the best option for your situation.

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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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