• Why Braces Are Still the Most Popular Way to Straighten Your Teeth

    Do you want to straighten your teeth and feel more confident about your smile?

    A variety of orthodontic options exist today for people looking into getting braces . From traditional metal braces to clear Invisalign aligners, it can be a challenge to decide which choice is the best for your particular needs.

    Close up of woman’s smile with traditional metal braces on teeth

    An experienced orthodontist will be able to assess your individual needs and work with you to explain the benefits of each type. Let’s take a look at traditional braces – the best known practice in orthodontics, and still the most popular option to correct misaligned teeth in children, teenagers and adults around Australia.

    How the Treatment Works

    Braces are a combination of brackets and wires attached to the front of your teeth. The brackets grip onto your teeth while the wires are loosened or tightened to gradually move your teeth into the desired position.

    Traditionally metal, some orthodontists also offer tooth-coloured brackets, making them far less visible than the conventional metal type.

    The length of your treatment will depend on how far your teeth need to be moved. Some cases will take only a few months; others, a few years. We take into account such factors as the patient’s age and health, as older patients will require longer treatments due to their denser jaw bones.

    Advantages and Disadvantages of Traditional Braces

    Traditional braces are more effective at treating extreme overcrowding than other options like clear braces or Invisalign aligners and are less expensive. They give your orthodontist the control he needs to move the teeth in small increments at a time.

    The main disadvantage of traditional braces is the metal mouth appearance. While less noticeable orthodontics like Invisalign may seem like a better choice for those who are conscious of their appearance, today’s braces are more visually appealing than in past years, with a range of colour options for both the brackets and the elastics. Wearing these types of braces also means that you don’t have to worry about ever misplacing your aligners.

    Who Are Braces Suitable for?

    Both children and adults can benefit from getting their teeth properly aligned. It’s recommended that children start their treatment once they’ve gotten all their permanent teeth (usually around age 7 or 8).

    Adult orthodontics are growing in popularity, and with an increasing range of options to fit in with your lifestyle, getting straight teeth can be easier than before. Adults can get their braces at any age, and while their treatment may take longer, they’re guaranteed to enjoy the final results just the same.

    Your best plan is to book in with an experienced and professional orthodontist for an individual consultation, to see what option is best for you.

    At Tony Weir Orthodontics we are specialists in a range of orthodontic treatments including traditional braces , lingual braces and invisible braces . If you’re interested in finding out more about braces, call us on (07) 3054 6763 or contact us online .

  • Get a Beautiful, Straight Smile with Invisalign

    Close up of woman’s hand and mouth, putting Invisalign aligner onto teeth Want to straighten your smile without unsightly metal braces? Invisalign may be the perfect answer for you.

    Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners that behave like clear braces to straighten crooked teeth in no time at all. You’ll get the benefits of braces, without the pain, or metal mouth nicknames.

    This can be a particularly appealing option for adults, who have made the decision to straighten their teeth later in life, but are worried about the appearance of traditional braces. Read on to see how Invisalign works, and the advantages of this treatment option.

    What to Expect from Your Invisalign Treatment

    The course of treatment involves changing aligners every two weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step by step, until you have a more beautiful smile.

    The average course of an Invisalign treatment is about a year. We ask that our patients visit us every 6 to 8 weeks for regular adjustments and to check on their progress. We’ll also provide a new set of custom-moulded clear aligners, depending on however many you need.

    The Benefits of Choosing Invisalign Over Traditional Braces

    • A Virtually Invisible Alternative
      Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible so it’s difficult for others to notice the treatment. You’ll feel comfortable smiling and talking, even when you’re wearing your aligners.
    • Less Pain, More Gain
      Most patients may feel pressure in the early stage when starting with the first few Invisalign aligners. The metal on traditional braces has been known to cause more pain and irritation to the mouth than Invisalign, and can even lead to painful mouth ulcers.
    • Remove Them Whenever You Need To
      Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing you to remove them when eating certain types of food that can be more difficult to eat – for example, nuts and apples. You can also remove them to easily brush and floss to maintain good oral hygiene.
    • Less Trips to the Orthodontist
      Approximately 6-8 weeks between orthodontist visits, as opposed to the more frequent 3-4 weeks between visits for traditional braces.
    • See the Results Before You Even Start
      Invisalign treatment allows you to visualise each stage of the treatment process, from the beginning to the end, giving you a clearer picture of the treatment duration. Traditional braces can only give you an estimate of the treatment’s duration at the beginning of the process.

      Invisalign uses 3D imaging technology to map out your treatment. We can run a simulation to show you how your teeth will look after a few months of treatment.

    Book Your Consultation with an Invisalign Professional

    Schedule an appointment with an approved Invisalign partner to get started on your straighter smile today.

    Tony Weir Orthodontics is a platinum level Invisalign partner, providing expert orthodontic treatment in Brisbane. Make an appointment to learn more about Invisalign , and see if it’s the right solution for you. Call us on (07) 3054 6763 or contact us online .