Correct your smile with ‘invisible braces’ and gain your confidence back again

The realignment or movement of teeth through the application of braces is carried out by our highly skilled and experienced dentist and orthodontist.

Whilst traditionally thought of as a treatment for children, the choice of invisible braces now available has meant that more and more adults are opting for orthodontic treatment for cosmetic reasons. Improving your bite now can reduce the likelihood of jaw joint problems in later life.

We provide quality treatment in a friendly environment using the most up to date equipment. This includes digital low-dose x-rays which enable us to cut radiation exposure considerably when compared to conventional x-rays. We offer a wide range of treatments, available for children and adults.

You don’t have to be embarrassed by teeth that are not straight, don’t bite properly, slur your speech or cause you discomfort.

Straight teeth not only help you to effectively bite and chew… they improve your speech and make you look more confident and successful.

Bay Dental And Orthodontics can give you straight teeth without you having to wear those clunky braces. From ‘tooth coloured’ braces to lingual braces to thin removable trays and (our most popular!) invisible clear plastic plates, we can straighten your teeth to give you a perfect smile, often without most people noticing you have braces!

Straight teeth will help keep your teeth, gums and jaws healthy. Straight teeth are also much easier to clean and of course look stunningly attractive.

Braces for adults

You may think that braces are for kids… today high-profile actors, singers and sports athletes wear braces to correct their bite, speech and smile.

Dr Fraser has pioneered the use of invisible inside braces in Australia. Some of the more common reasons adults come to us for braces are summarised as follows:

  • to improve the appearance of the teeth and face.
  • to move teeth prior to crown, bridgework or implant work
  • to improve the health of the teeth and gums
  • to improve function i.e. to make it easier to eat

Is it always possible to have braces as an adult?

This depends on the type of bite you have, the position of your teeth and the condition of both your teeth and gums. For instance if you have active gum disease, it is important this is brought under control before having a brace.

Perhaps your teeth have become more crowded with age or have started to drift following gum disease and braces could be the solution you need to get your stunning smile back. Essentially adults can be treated at any age as long as the gums and bone holding the teeth are healthy.

Contact us today to request additional information or to make an appointment . Together, we will explore your options and help you get the confident smile you deserve that’s within your budget.

Braces For Children

Don’t wait until your child has all of his or her permanent teeth before you see an orthodontist – by then it could be too late

Did you know that all children should see an orthodontist at an early age?

This could be as young as 2 or 3, but generally a child should have an initial consultation no later than age 6-7. Why?

Advantages of early treatment

By age 6-7, enough permanent teeth have come in and enough jaw growth has occurred, that problems can be identified. Early consultation allows the orthodontist to determine the optimum time for treatment to begin.

Many parents and some family dentists assume that they must wait until a child has all of his or her permanent teeth, only to find out that treatment would have been much easier if started earlier.

Early treatment can eliminate the need for more drastic measures. In some cases, satisfactory results are unattainable once the face and jaws have finished growing. With proper timing, children may not have to endure years of embarrassment.

Early treatment provides the opportunity to:

  • guide the growth of the young jaw bones creating a better environment for those new emerging permanent teeth
  • guide incoming teeth into optimal positions
  • regulate the width of the jaws
  • lower the risk of trauma to prominent front teeth
  • correct harmful sucking habits
  • reduce the likelihood of teeth becoming stuck or impacted under the gums
  • preserve or gain space for arriving permanent teeth

When should I look for the early warning signs of a bad bite?

It is most important to examine your child’s teeth as the permanent teeth grow in. Although children mature at different rates, there are some averages for permanent tooth arrival. Here are some signs that may indicate the need for an early orthodontic examination:

  • early or late loss of baby teeth
  • difficulty chewing or biting
  • crowding, malpositioned, or blocked out teeth
  • jaws that shift or make sounds
  • biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
  • teeth that do not meet at all
  • jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face
  • finger sucking or pacifier habits continued beyond the age of six

Types of Braces – faster treatment, fewer appointments and greater comfort!

Bay Dental And Orthodontics can offer you some o the best braces including Damon fixed braces ,Invisalign , Clearstep invisible braces, and invisable inside braces, as described below.

Damon braces

The Damon System combines three key components, which when used together, deliver faster treatment, fewer appointments, greater comfort, and consistent high-quality results. Damon passive self-ligating braces that eliminate the need for elastic or metal “ties”. Light high-technology shape-memory wires that move teeth faster and require fewer adjustments.

A new clinically proven treatment approach that aligns your teeth and enhances your facial aesthetics – usually without extractions or rapid palatal expanders.

Damon Braces

Conventional braces (see image above left – left side) are tied in with elastics, which cause friction and pressure, making treatment slower and less comfortable. Damon braces (see image above left – right side) use a slide mechanism to hold the wire, which allows teeth to move more freely, quickly and comfortably.

Clearstep braces – a wire-free affordable solution for those over 14 years of age…

Clearstep is a simple affordable series of clear positioning trays, which gently guide your teeth from their present to the desired position.

Clearstep exerts gentle pressure upon the tooth/teeth in the direction in which you’d like them to move. Provided you are over 14 years of age and your dentist considers you orally fit enough for orthodontic treatment, Clearstep may be for you.

Clearstep is wire free and does away with the need to bond metal onto the teeth. It is invisible, and removable, allowing you, the wearer, to eat that steak dinner, give that public speech, meet that client without embarrassment or discomfort.

You simply remove, brush, floss, rinse and reinsert.
 Easy!

First steps – how to choose the best braces for your needs and pocket.

Here at Bay Dental And Orthodontics we are not in a hurry to fit you with new braces. Investing in good quality braces is a serious decision and you must understand your options well in advance before making a commitment…

You will find that we really listen to you with careful attention before any clinical examinations take place, and you will be looked after as an individual in a caring, unhurried, relaxed atmosphere.

Only after you have communicated all information to us and we have answered all your questions will you then be carefully and gently examined. If the first problem is pain we will of course deal with this immediately.

We eliminate guesswork… and help you make a well-informed decision!

During the initial consultation we will take digital X-rays of your mouth to see how your jaws are aligned and to detect any problems of the teeth and gums.

The good thing with our x-rays is that they are developed on the spot and are instantly transferred onto our computer for an accurate analysis, as we said, no guesswork!

In addition, radiation is drastically reduced compared to traditional x-ray machines. We do little things like this because we are genuinely concerned not only about your teeth but about your health and wellbeing as well.

Possible outcomes

By then we are usually able to give new patients a broad picture of what is necessary to restore the teeth to maximum health and function. If your case suggests that you will benefit from specialist treatments such as invisible braces, then we will explain these options in detail.

The initial assessment is likely to result in one of four possible outcomes, each of which will be clearly explained:

  • You are not yet ready for treatment, in which case you might need to see the orthodontist again when you are older.
  • Your dental health is not good enough. This may be due to poor tooth brushing or decayed teeth. Your dentist may send you to the orthodontist again when things have improved.
  • You do not need treatment because the position of your teeth is perfectly acceptable, or expected to be.
  • You are ready for treatment and need to decide whether to go ahead.

Whatever you decide we are here to inform, support and provide you with the best level of care and attention that you deserve.

Cost of initial consultation

The cost of an initial consultation is only $60. An alternative option is to book a 15 minute meeting to talk about your potential requirements with a treatment coordinator which is free of charge. However the first option will give you a more accurate and through understanding of your options and be able to select the solutions that are best for you.

Treatment

Once you are ready to start treatment our orthodontist will explain:

  • Options for treatment and which is the best for you.
  • Pros and the cons of treatment
  • Length of time the treatment will take
  • The commitment needed on your part if the treatment is to be successful
  • When you can expect the treatment to begin
  • The cost of the treatment.

We will answer all your questions and help you make a well-informed decision.

Cosmetic Dentistry - Braces - Examples

Different types of braces

There are braces that can be removed for cleaning, known as removable braces. The second type of brace is fixed to the teeth and cannot be removed for cleaning. The fixed braces we use at Bay Dental And Orthodontics are made by Damon. These braces offer some significant advantages which we have summarised on the Types of braces page.

Less visible braces

It is sometimes possible to have ‘tooth coloured’ braces on the upper front teeth. These are less visible at a distance, although some of the wires are still likely to be noticeable. Tooth coloured brackets are generally more expensive than metal brackets and are more difficult to remove at the end of treatment. They are not usually placed on lower teeth because they can lead to wear of the opposing upper teeth.

We can also now offer an exciting new appliance called Clearstep or Invisalign. These braces make it virtually impossible to see the brace. Please speak to us to find out if you’ll benefit from Clearstep.

Common questions about braces treatment

How long will treatment take?

It usually takes 12-24 months but will vary according to how complex your case is.

Is the treatment painful?

Having the brace fitted is not painful. However, it is common to have slightly tender teeth for 3-5 days after each fitting and adjustment appointment.

Do I need to wear head gear?

No. Patients at Bay Dental And Orthodontics do not need to wear head gear. This is because of we use the latest brace technology available which has eliminated the need for head gear.

Will I need to wear another brace once my treatment has finished?

Once the active phase of your treatment has been finished, it will be necessary to wear a retaining brace. This may be removable or it may be fixed behind your front teeth.

How often will I need an appointment?

Once your brace has been fitted you will need frequent and regular appointments for it to be adjusted (8-10 week intervals).

Will I still need to see my regular dentist?

Yes. It will be important you still have checkups with your regular dentist throughout orthodontic treatment. This is so that your teeth can be checked for decay and gums examined for signs of disease.

How old does a child need to be for treatment to begin?

The commencement of treatment for younger patients can be affected by the number of adult teeth that have come through. Many treatments are best left until the adult teeth have replaced the first teeth. We will of course advise you if this is the case.

Do you offer payment plans for Braces treatment?

We offer professional interest free and low cost payment plans (no deposit required) that we administer through Medenta. Now you can have what you want in the most affordable manner possible.

Braces Care

Did you know that your  saliva contains millions of bacteria?

These bacteria stick to the surface of teeth and quickly multiply to form a layer called plaque. Plaque is a soft, colourless substance which is difficult to see until the coating is quite thick. It collects on the surface of teeth mainly next to the gums and between the teeth.

The cause of tooth decay

Plaque causes dental cavities (tooth decay) and periodontal disease (gum disease).

Do I need to clean my teeth once the brace has been fitted?

Orthodontic treatment will not normally begin unless you clean your teeth properly. In fixed orthodontic appliance treatment the brackets are more difficult to clean. It is therefore very important to care for your fixed brace by careful brushing and following a sensible diet.

Caring for your fixed brace

Clean your teeth and gums with a small headed toothbrush. Start between the wire and gums. Press firmly enough so that the bristles spread into the gaps between the teeth. Move the brush head vigorously around all the teeth. Repeat the same process on the other side of the wire.

Now clean all the inside surfaces of the teeth in the same way. Clean the tops of the teeth. Rinse thoroughly after brushing. Remember: Brush thoroughly three times daily with fluoride toothpaste. Daily fluoride mouthwash is recommended.

Rinse with water after every meal.

Use a fluoride, alchohol free mouth rinse at night.

Sensible eating

5 foods and munchies you should avoid when wearing braces!

Avoid eating hard foods that may break and bend wires as this will slow down treatment. Examples of items to avoid are:

  1. Chewing gum
  2. Toffees
  3. Hard mints
  4. Hard crust
  5. Whole carrots

Avoid eating sticky items that may dissolve surface enamel; this will cause permanent damage to teeth. We do not recommend a high intake of any of the following:

  • Fizzy drinks
  • Sweet drinks
  • Fruit drinks
  • Sweets
  • Sugar

What may happen if I don’t brush properly?

Permanent damage to the tooth enamel can occur if the teeth and brackets are not kept clean. The enamel will decalcify, leaving unsightly white marks.

In Summary…

  • Do not eat sugary foods and be careful with soft and fizzy drinks (including sugar free and low calorie types) between meals.
  • Do not eat hard foods.
  • Rinse with water after meals.
  • Brush thoroughly with an effective toothbrush.
  • Three times daily using toothpaste with maximum fluoride protection.
  • Use a daily fluoride rinse ideally at a different time from brushing.
  • Continue to visit your dentist for check ups, whilst having orthodontic treatment.
  • Brush for at least 4 minutes

Contact us today to request additional information or to make an appointment . Together, we will explore your options and help you get the confident smile you deserve that’s within your budget.