Being a specialist orthodontist means Dr Kamal is trained in a wide range of orthodontic treatments to help get you or your child the results you want. Our expert team and highly trained Specialist Orthodontist provide the latest and most advanced orthodontic treatments to give you the best smile.
In modern orthodontics there are two main orthodontic treatment options we have available, Braces and Invisalign. Braces are still the most popular form of orthodontic treatment, as they are the most accurate way of straightening teeth. Invisalign is another option, that uses a series of removable, clear and plastic aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. Invisalign is made with 3D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective treating certain orthodontic cases.
Braces are a combination of two main components; brackets and wires. The brackets are “handles” that are glued to the outside surface of the teeth. The wires grip these “handles”, and move the teeth to their desired position.
Treatment Options: Braces
Ceramic braces are the clear discreet option for people who want a more aesthetic option that traditional metal braces. For this reason they are very popular with teenagers and adults.
The most common brackets we use are metal, made from high grade stainless steel. If requested, colourful elastic modules can be placed over the braces to make them more fun for our younger patients. Metal braces are the most cost-effective method of orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign uses a series of removable, clear and plastic aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. Invisalign is made with 3D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective treating certain orthodontic cases.
How does it work?
You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to the final position your orthodontist has prescribed. You’ll visit our practice about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time in our office getting adjustments. Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
We recommend seeing us for your first appointment by 8 years of age. This is in line with the Australian Society of Orthodontists recommendations.
Most kids won’t need any treatment at that stage, however there are a few conditions that if they aren’t addressed early can lead to severe orthodontic problems that could have been avoided.
The main aim in treating your child early is to correct any jaw problems so that your child’s teeth develop into the right position
Problems we look to correct early are:
- Cross bites that might cause your jaws to grow out of alignment
- Narrow jaws, making space for all your adult teeth to come down that would otherwise be crooked and crowded
- Jaws not aligning, too far back or forward. These can often be corrected while your child is still growing
- Keeping space for baby teeth that may have been pulled out early to stop crowding
- Regaining space from early tooth loss so that there is room for the adult teeth, and to stop them from crowding or getting impacted in the bone
- Protruded or ‘buck teeth’ that are at risk of injury or causing your child to be teased
- Impacted canines, ensuring your child’s canine teeth have space and are coming down, not impacting in the jaw needing future surgery to erupt or even extract if severe
- Thumb sucking and dummy problems that area causing orthodontic issues
Some of these problems can be corrected with just changing some habits, or with some simple orthodontics to prevent future complications that can become quite severe. If you feel that your child is developing any of these problems or want to come in to check, book in for a complimentary consultation
Sleep apnoea (or apnea) in children can result in tiredness, lethargy, irritability, poor school performance, mouth breathing, slow development and growth problems as well as behavioural problems. While this might seem like ‘regular’ child or teenager behaviour, it can be quite a serious condition that needs to be correctly diagnosed by a sleep specialist. Often the size, shape and position of the jaws can be a large contributing factor in sleep aponea. Correcting these early can improve your child’s quality of life.
If you have sleep aponea, you might have seen or used a CPAP machine. While adult jaws are no longer growing, there are still some treatments available to improve your symptoms
- Mandibular advancement splints (MAS), for sleep aponea and snoring, are plates designed to open your airway. You wear them while you sleep, and can often mean you won’t need to wear your CPAP machine any more. For severe cases they can help your CPAP machine work more efficiently and comfortably.
Traditionally your time in orthodontic treatment has been limited by the rate of bone healing and turnover. There are a few technologies we can use to speed up this process. Make an appointment today about the best options are for you.
In addition to our regular Orthodontics treatments, or other treatments include:
- non-extraction treatment
- early treatment
- facial profile and airways growth modification
- sleep apnoea & snoring treatments
- fast alignment
- partial braces
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