Orthodontia—that word is quite a mouthful, isn't it? Basically, it means correcting a misaligned smile with braces, aligners, or other types of oral appliances. While 80 percent of orthodontic patients are children (starting between ages 10 and 14, according to the American Association of Orthodontists), forward-looking adults explore the health and aesthetic benefits of braces. At Cumberland Park Dental, Dr. Jack Gaffey offers many types of braces to correct a variety of smile issues. One that could be right for you!
What are braces?
Traditionally, braces have been dental appliances composed of bands, archwires, ligatures, headgear, space maintainers, and more. While these tried and true metal, ceramic, or lingual (tongue-side) appliances have helped millions of people have better-looking and healthier smiles, today's dentists offer additional ways to achieve similar results.
At Cumberland Dental, Dr. Gaffey and his team evaluate patients of all ages to understand their smile alignment and bite issues and to compose treatment plans which achieve desired results in a reasonable time frame. Regardless of the type of appliances used, orthodontia gradually moves teeth into more favorable oral positions, correcting:
- Bite problems, or how the top and bottom teeth come together
- Protruding, rotated, tipped, or missing teeth
- Teeth which have shifted position after braces are moved (orthodontic relapse)
Having a well-aligned smile boosts self-esteem and confidence. It also corrects ear and facial pain, jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ), migraines, and more. Plus, straight teeth have fewer cavities, less gum disease, and are easier to brush and floss.
Your choice of braces
Dr. Gaffey will examine your teeth and gums and take special digital imaging and impressions to determine your course of orthodontic treatment. Many teens and older adults opt for two special kinds of orthodontia—Six Month Smiles and Invisalign.
Six Month Smiles deliver straight teeth in just half a year or so. Special tooth-colored bands and wires move the front teeth only, improving smile aesthetics quickly and comfortably. While not appropriate for complex orthodontic issues, Six Month Smiles are a wonderful cosmetic fix that lasts for simpler problems.
Invisalign clear aligners are one of today's most popular orthodontic systems. Custom-made, smooth, and truly discreet, the 18 to 30 pairs of aligners fit over top and bottom teeth. As patients advance through Dr. Gaffey's treatment plan, they change aligner pairs, get monthly progress checks at Cumberland Park Dental, and in the end, have a healthy, beautiful smile. Invisalign treats many mild to moderate bite and alignment problems.
Only your dentist can tell you for sure if you need braces and what type would benefit your smile. For a personal consultation with Dr. Gaffey, please call Cumberland Park Dental at (088) 271-6233.
Braces aren’t just for kids. Find out what options are available to our adult patients.
Who says orthodontic treatment is just for kids? While a lot of kids and teens may get braces it doesn’t mean that the ship to a straighter smile has sailed just because you’re now an adult. In fact, more and more adults are turning to our Cumberland Park, SA, dentists Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffe for braces. Let’s find out how we can help you.
- Dealing with crooked teeth?
- Dealing with uneven spacing between teeth?
- Have an overbite, underbite, crossbite or open bite?
- Are your teeth crowding each other?
If you said yes then braces can certainly help you fix these common issues to get a perfectly aligned smile. Of course, our Cumberland Park, SA, family dentist also understands that adults who require braces have different needs than children and teens. After all, as a kid, you might not mind wearing metal braces on your teeth but adults often don’t want to be seen sporting metal braces to work or around colleagues. While traditional braces are one of the most effective strategies for a straighter smile it isn’t the only option.
In fact, there are a couple of discreet ways to fix your dental issues to give you the smile you want:
Clear Traditional Braces
Traditional braces, as you might already know, use brackets and interconnected wires to shift teeth into the proper position. While traditional braces are often made from metal, patients who require this type of braces to fix more serious misalignments can choose to get clear or tooth-colored brackets, which will make your treatment less obvious to those around you.
Six Month Smiles
Adults often shy away from the orthodontic treatment they require because they loathe the idea of wearing braces for a year or more. Luckily, there is a way to get the results you want without having to wear your braces for more than 6 months. While these braces won’t be able to tackle all issues they are great for handling mild-to-moderate problems.
Instead of applying brackets and wires to your teeth, your dentist will provide you with a set of clear, removable aligners. These customized aligners look like transparent mouthguards and they are designed to shift teeth into their ideal position over the course of several months to a year. This can be a great option for adults and older teens dealing with mild-to-moderate dental misalignments who are dedicated and willing to wear their aligners.
Remember, it’s never too late to get a straighter smile. Turn to the experts at Cumberland Dental to schedule an orthodontic consultation with us. Our Cumberland Park, South Australia general dentists would be happy to sit down with you and discuss the different kinds of braces that could give you the results that you want for a healthier smile.
Thanks to an innovative orthodontic option, it's possible to straighten your teeth without metal wires and brackets. Cumberland Park, SA, dentists Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffe help their patients improve their smiles with Invisalign's clear aligner system.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses removable aligner trays to realign your smile. The clear trays are designed to fit your teeth snugly, ensuring that they're practically invisible when you wear them. Your Cumberland Park dentist takes a series of digital images, X-rays and impressions that are combined to create a 3D image of your mouth. The 3D image is used to create a series of aligner trays that address your particular orthodontic issue. Invisalign is an excellent option if you have common orthodontic issues, such as an underbite, overbite, crossbite or open bite. If your problems are severe or complicated, metal or ceramic braces may be a better choice.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Although appearance is one of the most important benefits for many patients, Invisalign treatment also offers these advantages:
- No Adjustments: You won't require adjustments when you wear Invisalign aligner trays. Simply swapping one set of aligner trays for another at the end of two weeks will help ensure that your treatment is progressing. Aligner trays exert continual pressure on your teeth to help you achieve your straightening goals.
- Excellent Comfort: Invisalign aligners are made of comfortable plastic for your comfort. Since they're wire-free, you'll never have to worry about a cut cheek or lip due to a stray wire.
- No Food Restrictions: Wires and brackets can break or loosen if you eat hard or sticky foods. Fortunately, that's not a problem with Invisalign. You'll remove your aligner trays before every meal and can eat all of the foods you enjoy.
- Easier Oral Hygiene: Brushing and flossing can be very time-consuming when you wear metal or ceramic braces. When it's time to brush and floss, you'll take out your Invisalign trays, follow your normal oral hygiene routine.
- Breaks: Although Invisalign aligner trays are designed to be discreet, you may wish to take them out occasionally. If you're playing a sport or want to attend a special event, you can remove your trays for a few hours.
Straighten your smile with Invisalign! Call Cumberland Park, SA, dentists Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffe at (08) 8271 6233 to schedule your appointment.
Good oral hygiene is important, especially if you have braces. Here's what happens if you don't brush and floss carefully, you may break the wires or more importantly, you could be at risk of decay on your front teeth. Adelaide dentists, Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey care for your family's smiles. That's why they help their patients avoid tooth decay through regular dental cleaning and thorough check-ups.
"Will my brushing and flossing take longer?"
Maneuvering your brush around wires and brackets can time to your usual routine, however leaving food and plaque behind will add time to your orthodontic treatment. When you don't brush thoroughly plaque builds up around your brackets, it then begins to leave white or brown marks. Eventually, tooth decay occurs in these areas. Haphazard brushing may also leave pieces of food behind. Sugars in your foods combine with the bacteria that make up plaque. The bacteria produce acids that will attack and weaken your tooth enamel. That's how you get decay.
Flossing is particularly important when you wear braces. 'Bridge floss' has a stiffer end and makes it easier to thread floss past your wires, so you can remove food particles and clean away that nasty plaque.
"How do I brush and floss with braces?"
You'll still hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, but will need to make sure that you use gentle pressure around wires and brush brackets carefully. Electric toothbrushes are the best option for brushing with braces, the brush head is smaller and the vibrations clean the plaque off quicker. If you want the best braces result, buy an electric toothbrush at the same time as the braces go on. You may want to focus on cleaning the top of the brackets and wires first, then focus on the bottom half of the teeth.
Flossing with tape or string floss can be a little difficult when you wear braces. That is why we recommend the bridge floss to get under the brackets. This is available at most chemists or you can always buy some when you have your review appointments here.
What foods should I avoid with braces?
It's pretty simple. Avoid foods that get stuck in your wires, such as popcorn, gum or sticky lollies. Anything super sticky is going to be hard to get rid off from the braces. If you do forget and eat these foods, you will spend a long time trying to clean it off the braces and sometimes you can even break the brackets. We also believe that hard foods should be cut into smaller pieces. Hard foods begin to make cracks in the braces and eventually break the brackets off. Cutting your hard foods in small pieces or cooking them a bit softer allows you to maintain a similar diet to before your braces. Don't do the silly things with your teeth that your mother told you not to. These include opening packages with your teeth or biting your fingernails. Biting silly things that are not food will increase your treatment time because they break both your wires and your teeth.
If you look after your smile with regular dental cleaning, and checkups, you will have the best smile at the end of your braces treatment. Call your Adelaide dentists Drs. Jack and Angela Gaffey at (08) *271-6233 to make your next appointment.
What your dentists in Cumberland Park want you to know
If you have rotated, poorly aligned teeth and you want a straight smile, you are a good candidate for 6 Month Smiles. If you want to straighten your teeth discreetly, you are a good candidate for 6 Month Smiles. In fact, 6 Month Smiles can benefit most people who have poorly aligned teeth that show when you smile. Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey at Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA want to introduce you to the benefits of 6 Month Smiles.
6 Month Smiles is revolutionary because it allows you to straighten only the teeth that are visible when you smile, resulting in a straight, beautiful smile in far less time than with conventional orthodontics.
With 6 Month Smiles, your bite won’t be changed. Treatment is perfect to realign teeth that are:
- Crowded or overlapped
- Unevenly spaced or tipped
- Rotated or poorly-positioned
To take the quiz and find out if 6 Month Smiles is the right choice for you, click on this link: http://6monthsmiles.com/pages/patient_home/is_it_right_for_me.aspx
When you choose 6 Month Smiles, you will enjoy many benefits which can’t be matched by conventional orthodontic treatment. With 6 Month Smiles, treatment is:
- Quick, with an average treatment time of 6 months
- Virtually invisible, using clear brackets and white wires
- Less expensive, often costing far less than conventional orthodontics
- Comfortable, using low force to move your teeth into position
- Easy, because you visit your dentist every month for assessment
For more detailed information about 6 Month Smiles, please visit the Orthodontics page on the website at: http://www.adelaidecosmeticdentist.com/orthodontics.html
To view amazing before-and-after photos of Cumberland Dental 6 Month Smiles patients, please visit the Braces Before-and-After page on the website at: http://www.adelaidecosmeticdentist.com/braces-before-and-after.html
Before you think about conventional orthodontic treatment, consider 6 Month Smiles, the quick and easy way to achieve a cosmetically straight smile. To get started, call Drs. Jack and Angela Gaffey at Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA. Discover what 6 Month Smiles can do for you by calling today!
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