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Orthodontics in Brunswick

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Stunning Results that Last

At Green Apple Dental Clinic, we offer a variety of orthodontic techniques and services to ensure our patients achieve the smile they’ve always wanted. Our team will ensure you know what’s involved in the treatment, along with any associated costs.

With several methods of orthodontic care available through our practice, including traditional braces, ClearCorrect aligners, as well as Invisalign aligners, our team will wisely steer you toward the appropriate fit for your dental needs and budget.

Making the Best Choice for Your Dental Needs

When we make the decision to begin the path to straighter teeth, it can seem overwhelming to know where to begin.

Clear aligners are transparent, removable trays made of a smooth, comfortable plastic material. They are custom-made to gradually shift teeth into the desired position.

Traditional braces, on the other hand, consist of metal brackets bonded to the teeth and connected by wires. They work by applying continuous pressure to gradually move teeth into the correct alignment.

As a patient, you may gravitate toward a clear aligner product for aesthetic purposes, but that may not always be the best approach for your particular dental needs. Clear aligners are effective for treating mild to moderate orthodontic issues, such as crowded teeth, gaps, and mild bite problems. Traditional braces address a wider range of orthodontic issues, including severe misalignment, complex bite problems, and cases requiring significant tooth movement.

The length of time will vary between the approaches and the complexities of the individual’s case. Clear aligners range from several months to a few years, while traditional braces take around 18 to 36 months.

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Braces Versus Aligners: What to Expect with Each Option

Orthodontic options have come a long way in how they look and their efficiency over the last decade or two. For those who want minimal aesthetic impact, clear aligners are virtually invisible when worn, making them a discreet orthodontic option. And while traditional braces are more noticeable due to the metal brackets and wires, newer options – including ceramic brackets or lingual braces – may be less conspicuous.

Other items for consideration as you begin your journey include:

Comfort Experience

Clear aligners are generally considered more comfortable than traditional braces because they do not have any sharp components or wires that can cause irritation to the mouth. Though modern advancements have made traditional braces more comfortable than previous versions, they may still cause discomfort or irritation, particularly during the initial adjustment period and after tightening appointments.

Eating and Hygiene Impact

Clear aligners are removable, allowing patients to eat and drink without restrictions. They can also be easily removed for regular brushing and flossing, promoting better oral hygiene. With traditional braces, the way they are fixed onto the teeth can make eating certain foods more challenging.

Additionally, cleaning around the brackets and wires requires extra effort and specialised tools to ensure thorough oral hygiene. Flossing in the traditional sense is not possible, and the brackets can leave stains on the teeth if the patient struggles with keeping up their hygiene regimen.

Lifestyle Restrictions

Clear aligners allow for more flexibility from day to day and can be removed for special occasions or activities. However, they must be worn for the recommended amount of time each day to achieve optimal results and not doing so can extend the duration of your plan.

Meanwhile, traditional braces require adherence to certain dietary restrictions to avoid damage to the brackets or wires. If you or your child participates in contact sports or other activities that carry a higher risk of injury to the mouth, you may need to purchase protective gear.

We’re Here to Help!

There are certainly many things to consider when it comes to orthodontic care plans for your child or yourself, but your trusted dental team here at Green Apple Dental Clinic will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and begin your journey toward a straighter smile!

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Orthodontics Brunswick, East Brunswick, Brunswick West, Moonee Ponds VIC | (03) 9077 3807