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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.
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.
Have you ever wondered if braces could help your smile? If you are unsatisfied with your smile, braces can transform your teeth and give you a smile you will love. Braces straighten crooked teeth, close gaps between teeth, and realign teeth that are out of place. At Cumberland Dental, Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey are your dentists for braces in Adelaide, SA.
Types of Braces
When it comes to braces, there are several options to choose from. The type of braces used will depend on various factors, such as whether the braces are for an adolescent or an adult. Whatever type of braces is selected, they are all effective methods for realigning and straightening teeth. Some of the different types of braces include traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and white resin braces. Cumberland Dental is excited to also offer Invisalign and Six Month Smiles.
Traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and white braces all utilize brackets and wires to straighten teeth. The brackets are affixed to the teeth with a dental adhesive and remain in place until a dentist or an orthodontist removes them. Both ceramic and white braces offer a distinct advantage over traditional metal braces as they are much less conspicuous. The brackets for ceramic braces are less noticeable because they blend in with the teeth.
Invisalign is an exciting alternative to more traditional types of braces. With Invisalign, there are no hard brackets or wires. Instead, clear aligner trays made of a flexible plastic material are used to straighten the teeth. The aligner trays are comfortable and can be easily removed to eat or to brush and floss the teeth.
Six Month Smiles is another innovative method for straightening teeth. Like other types of braces, brackets and wires are used to straighten the teeth with Six Month Smiles. The brackets and wires are clear and readily blend in so they are barely noticeable. Further, the dentist can straighten your smile in just six months, which is significantly faster than other types of braces in Adelaide.
If you want to achieve a straighter smile, braces can help. An experienced dentist can help you select the right type of braces to suit your needs. For braces in Adelaide, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jack Gaffey or Dr. Angela Gaffey by calling Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA at (08) 8271 6233.
In the last few months Jack has attended a variety of courses to straighten teeth. June was a very busy month for course work, he flew to Boston for a 2 day Advanced 6 Month Smile Course to provide the latest techniques for the 6 Month braces system and completed his 4 day training with Rapid Smiles in Sydney for the invisible lingual braces to straighten lower teeth. These two fantastic techniques are amazing for rapid straightening of crooked teeth using invisible or white braces.
Adult patients with crooked teeth appreciate the new techniques to straighten their front teeth in such a quick time, it isn't always necessary to spend over 2 years in braces for simple problems that can be straightened in 6 months. Jack is also happy to announce his Invisalign patients are proceeding well and this has also been an excellent addition to the practice. Invisalign allows us to straighten teeth without braces at all, just the use of clear plastic retainers that slip over the teeth.
Dentistry changes very rapidly, it is only 10 years ago that Invisalign was first released in Australia and Jack is the only 6 month smile orthodontic providers in Adelaide. It takes a considerable effort to maintain an up to date knowledge base and Jack has managed to compile 101 hours over the last 12 months. This is impressive considering the standard requirements are only 20 hours per year. Cosmetic Dentistry requires up to date knowledge due to the constant change in techniques and materials that can be used. One new porcelain veneer called Emax has only been released for a few years. It allows for our Adelaide patients to have cosmetic changes to teeth with very little shaping of the tooth structure. This new process can provide strong veneers as thin as 0.3mm but have considerable strength. These are our new standard for smile Makeovers with porcelain veneers. The longevity of these restorations when properly placed can be over 15 years.
We look forward to seeing which courses Jack completes in the next year and which new techniques we can offer our valued patients.