At Creating Great Smiles, we are highly experienced in both metal and clear braces.
For metal braces, we choose the smallest commercially available metal brackets to fit to your teeth, as they are more aesthetically pleasing.
For clear braces, we fit clear brackets made of artificial monocrystalline sapphire to your teeth, to provide a less visible option to metal brackets.
Wire is threaded through the brackets, connecting them.
What are braces?
Braces are devices used by orthodontists to gently apply pressure to move teeth, to correct bite, and to improve smile aesthetics and jaw function.
How does the treatment begin?
A referral is not required. Simply complete our patient form on our Appointments page and we’ll be in touch to make an appointment time for your initial consultation.
This initial examination and consultation with one of our specialist orthodontists allows any issues and concerns to be noted and for your desired outcomes to be discussed. From this initial consultation we develop a personalised orthodontic plan for you.
Sometimes, orthodontic work may be required to prepare your teeth for braces; this could include the use of an expander or spacers for a few months in the lead up to fitting braces.
When your braces are fitted, one of our experienced, friendly dental nurses will sit with you and explain your oral hygiene needs and cleaning considerations and provide you with a care package. Inside this care package you will find advice and information about your braces, foods and drinks, and oral hygiene, a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, interproximal brushes, wax, bonjella, and sugar free chewing gum.
How do braces work?
Once the patient’s teeth and jaw are ready, small brackets (metal or clear ceramic) are fixed to the teeth and wires are threaded through them, connecting the brackets. At regular intervals you will visit your orthodontist to have the wires tightened or loosened, which will lead to incremental movements in your teeth and sometimes your jaw.
How long does the treatment take?
Each patient’s dental presentation is unique and as such the treatment time for braces will depend on your particular jaw structure and extent of teeth movement required to reach the desired bite and create your great smile.
Why use metal brackets for braces?
Metal brackets are tough and can withstand wear and tear. They do not shatter, even on hard contact.
We generally use metal brackets, unless otherwise requested, as they require less maintenance from the patient, and do not stain or discolour.
Why use clear brackets for braces?
Clear brackets are an option often best suited for adults and young adults, as some discipline and consideration is required to avoid particular foods; however they can be used for younger patients if desired.
Foods with intense colouring such as curries, tomato paste and red wine should be avoided as they can cause staining on clear brackets.
Are elastics needed?
Small specialised elastic rubber bands may be used in the course of your orthodontic treatment to help with the correction of your malocclusion (misaligned bite). For some patients, elastics aren’t their favourite part of orthodontic treatment. However, following instructions is essential to correcting the bite and the better the elastics are worn, the sooner braces can come off. It is important to remember that wearing elastics well will give you a nicer end result.
Elastics come in a wide range of colours and you can colour match to fit your favourite sporting team, or choose clear for a more discreet look.
What’s the best way to look after teeth during braces treatment?
We will straighten your teeth, and your dentist will check for problems periodically. However, you will be responsible for taking care of your teeth every single day, keeping them clean and healthy. When you have braces, proper dental care will take a little extra time and effort. By taking good care of your teeth during your treatment period, you will achieve the best possible results from your orthodontic treatment.