Please note: The information provided on this page is general orthodontic information and does not cover in detail all the aspects and complexities of orthodontic treatment. Please seek the advice of an oral health professional for further information.
Orthodontics is a type of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaw alignment problems using devices such as dental braces (fixed appliances), plates and headgear. Orthodontic treatment is often recommended to correct problems such as a protruding lower jaw, protruded upper teeth (buck teeth) or crooked and crowded teeth. Early intervention and treatment is often preferred to prevent more serious problems from developing. As the basic process involved in moving teeth is the same at any age, orthodontic treatement is also often successful for adults. When to start orthodontic treatment (Aust. Society of Orthodontists)
In this section:
What orthodontic treatment involves
Risks of orthodontic treatment
Caring for your mouth with orthodontic treatment
Dental/oral alignment problems
Orthodontic treatment at The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne
The orthodontist or dentist will take detailed records of your teeth and jaws, diagnose the problem, plan the treatment and carry out the care.
Read about a normal course of orthodontic treatment (Aust. Society of Orthodontists)
The range of corrective orthodontic devices includes:
Some of the risks of orthodontic treatment include:
Read more about the risks of orthodontic treatment (Aust. Society of Orthodontists)
It is very important that you clean your braces or plate every time you brush your teeth. Braces can act as a ‘plaque trap’, increasing the amount of plaque on yourteeth, which can lead to tooth decay, tooth discolouration and gum disease.
The best ways to clean your mouth while wearing dental braces (Aust. Society of Orthodontists)
For further information please call the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne on (03) 9341 1000 or 1800 833 039 (country callers)
Images on this page are courtesy of the Australian Society of Orthodontists
Last updated: 2013-07-15