Orthodontic appliances help ensure the prolonged results of your treatment so you can smile with confidence
At Victoria Park Dental Specialists in Eastwood, West Beach and Barmera we recognise that your treatment doesn’t simply end with the removal of your braces or the disposal of your very last clear aligner. As such we provide our patients with a range of orthodontic appliances to be used either prior to, during or after your treatment to optimise your results.
Our high quality orthodontic appliances are used to help you maintain your very best smile
Retainers are vitally important for preventing newly straightened teeth from ‘relapsing’ and falling back to their original crooked positions. Retainers are worn to hold the teeth in their new position while the bone around them consolidates to ensure strength and stability. Your retainer will be completely customised to your smile so it is very important you wear it as instructed by Dr McLean.
Taking care of your retainer
- Retainers need to be cleaned daily using a toothbrush and soapy water.
- Retainers need to be kept safe in the container provided whenever they are not being worn.
- Any breakage or distortion of the retainers needs to be reported immediately.
- Failure to wear retainers as prescribed may cause unwanted tooth movement.
Dr Helen McLean will sometimes recommend bonded retainers, where a dental wire is placed permanently behind the teeth that have a high tendency to return to their original positioning. These kinds of retainers are usually advised for patients where there is a high risk of non-compliance with wearing removable retainers.
It is very important to wear your elastics as directed by your orthodontist as these help place pressure on the teeth for more optimal movement. Any time missed in wearing your elastics can prolong your treatment time.
- Change your elastics daily or when they break.
- Keep a packet of elastics in your wallet, so you always have a spare.
- If you need more elastics, ring us and we can send more.
Count your separators in the morning when you brush your teeth. If you are missing any, please ring us immediately.
- Avoid sticky foods and brush your teeth carefully, but thoroughly.
- If your teeth are tender after the separators have been placed, you may take a pain reliever such as Panadol.
Expansion plates are generally recommended for children who have a narrow upper dental arch that has minimal space for their permanent teeth; however it can also be used for adults with bite discrepancies. The expansion plate will sit in the dental arch and will require a screw to be activated as directed to slowly expand the plate and guide the dental arch to a broader mandible. Activate the screw with the key provided as advised.
Compliance is absolutely essential and your expansion plate will need to be worn at all times or as directed by your orthodontist otherwise they simply will not work.
- Activate the screw at night just before you go to sleep.
- You should expect a mild degree of ‘tightness’ around your teeth, but NOT pain. If you experience pain, please undo the activation and ring us immediately.
- After a period of time, you may notice a ‘gap’ between your two front middle teeth. Do not panic. A gap is a sign that the expansion is working.
- If you’re not sure about how to activate the screw, do not hesitate to ring us.
Fixed Appliances are attached to teeth to aid in orthodontic treatment. They include archwires, brackets, modules, springs, hooks and tubes. Most braces are made up of four main fixed appliances – bands, brackets, wires, and ties.
- Bands – Are the flat metal rings that are placed on the molars in the back of your mouth. Usually there are four bands: two on the top teeth and two on the bottom teeth. Bands hold the wires in place that are threaded around your teeth.
- Brackets – Are the pieces of specially shaped metal or ceramic which are attached to each tooth. Brackets are the most visible part of braces. They come in many different colours, shapes and sizes.
- Wires – Are the thin strips of metal that thread through the brackets. Over time as the wire is tightened and as a result the teeth move into the correct position.
- Modules – Are the small rubber rings that hold the wire in place on the bracket.
A removable appliance may be used when a very simple tipping/tilting movement of the tooth is required.
Removable appliances may be highly effective when worn as instructed. If the removable appliance is taken out of the mouth too often or is not worn as instructed, your treatment will take much longer than originally planned with less effective results.
There are many different removable appliances available. During your consultation at Victoria Park Dental Specialists, we will discuss with you and select the one best suited to your individual needs.
After this treatment, additional orthodontic treatment may be required to further move teeth and their roots into the correct positions.
Maxillary expansion appliances are used to broaden narrow jaws, most commonly the upper jaw in relation to the lower jaw.
Expansion is usually needed to correct a poor bite caused by an underdeveloped jaw and can result in improved breathing and avoid the need for extractions.
There are numerous types of maxillary expansion appliances – both fixed and removable. The most common types are fixed and use an expansion screw (which is turned regularly by the patient) or a wire spring device (which is widened by the orthodontist). Fixed maxillary expansion appliances are usually glued to teeth.
Removable maxillary expansion appliances are essentially ‘orthodontic plates’ with a built-in expansion screw which is turned regularly by the patient.
If you want to find out more about our treatments or to book an appointment, please contact our friendly staff today on (08) 8373 1363.