Our orthodontic treatments are designed to help everyone achieve a healthy and confident smile. Whether you are a parent looking for advice and guidance for your child’s dental health, or considering orthodontic care yourself, this comprehensive guide will walk you through the various treatments available for all ages.
Orthodontic care is about more than just straight teeth; it is an important part of ensuring the best possible oral health and overall well-being for life.
Identifying and addressing dental concerns early allows effective treatment before the issues can develop into more serious conditions. In adolescence, orthodontic treatments can improve self-confidence. As adults, orthodontics can improve overall well-being as well as have a positive effect on self-esteem. At Glenferrie Orthodontics, we believe oral health is a foundation of well-being.
From the age of 5 to 6 years, children will start losing their baby teeth. As baby teeth are replaced by adult teeth, the alignment of teeth, the bite and the jaw structure evolve. It is during this age that any underlying orthodontic issues may become visible. Your orthodontist will discuss any possible concerns and provide detailed guidance on how to best look after your child's dental health.
For children aged between 9 and 12 years, common orthodontic treatments focus on monitoring overcrowding, bite problems and the overall alignment of teeth. As your child's facial features develop, your orthodontist will be able to predict any dental issues that may need treatment. During this age, children's upper and lower jaws are more responsive to treatment.
Expanders may be used in conjunction with braces to ensure lasting results can be achieved. Clear aligners may be suitable depending on the presenting issue. Your orthodontist will also consider lifestyle factors that may affect your child’s oral health. Often, mouthguards will be recommended if children participate in sports where facial injuries can be sustained.
From the age of approximately 12, most children will begin undergoing growth and development of facial features. This includes the growth and formation of the upper and lower jaws, which can affect the alignment of teeth and surrounding soft tissues such as the sinuses. This is a critical window for orthodontic care. Effective treatment will ensure appropriate bite and tooth alignment and provide a foundation for lifelong dental health and well-being.
Our orthodontists appreciate the importance of the teenage years and how a healthy smile can improve confidence and emotional well-being. To help all teens achieve their goals, our comprehensive treatments include traditional braces and clear aligners. Our team is here to make your orthodontic journey as comfortable as possible.
Enhancing smiles with orthodontics isn’t just for children. Our orthodontists are highly experienced in helping adults of all ages improve their oral health and confidence with a healthy smile. Adult orthodontics can help manage and treat a range of dental concerns, from mild misalignment to severe bite issues. Aside from improving the overall look and feel of your teeth, an aligned bite and straight teeth are easier to clean and easier to maintain for long-term oral health.
Our range of treatments is chosen to fit easily into any lifestyle. With a range of traditional such as metal and clear braces, and discreet such as clear aligners, our orthodontists will provide you with all the information you need to choose the best treatment for your personal goals. In some instances, your orthodontic treatment may be combined with general dental treatments and restorative work. Our orthodontists will work with you to create a custom treatment plan that can meet your dental needs.
Early examination allows the Orthodontist to detect and evaluate any problems and plan appropriate treatment. Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and/or make treatment at an older age shorter and less complicated.