Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specialises in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontic treatment involves the use of corrective appliances to bring the teeth and jaws into proper alignment.
An orthodontist is a dentist who has become a registered specialist in orthodontics.
In Australia, an orthodontist must:
An orthodontist has been specifically trained, and is the most qualified in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems associated with the alignment of the teeth and jaws.
It is recommended by the Australian Society of Orthodontists that a child be assessed by an orthodontist as the adult front teeth erupt. This is usually around age of 7.
Early examination allows the orthodontist to detect and evaluate problems and plan appropriate treatment.
Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and/or make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. Early treatment may also achieve results that are not possible once the face and jaws have stopped growing.
Successful orthodontic treatment can be performed at any age. At Doncaster Orthodontics we offer various aesthetic options including ceramic braces and Invisalign clear aligners.
Braces - Consists of the following parts:
Invisalign is the nearly invisible way to straighten teeth using a series of custom-made, nearly undetectable aligners.
The fact that the aligners are removable means that you can easily maintain good oral hygiene and there is no impact on what you can eat and drink. Invisalign aligners are also more comfortable than traditional braces.
To find out if you are suitable for Invisalign treatment, make an appointment with one of our orthodontists. You can also visit the Invisalign website for more information.