The years of orthodontic stigma have well and truly passed. “Tin Grin”, “Metal Mouth”, and “Tinsel Teeth” are not the insults they once were.
In fact, braces have become a desirable right of passage for many young people. But what about their older siblings, or parents, or grandparents? Like their fresh-faced counterparts, the stigma of adult braces is also passing.
30 years ago, approximately 1% of patients undergoing braces treatment were adults. Today, this figure is closer to 50% in some clinics! This stunning uptake begs the question, why are adults taking up braces later in life?
Braces distinctly improve oral health
Crooked teeth create pockets for food and bacteria which leads to a number of conditions; from bad breath and tooth decay to heart disease! Correctly aligned teeth are easier to keep clean preventing these issues. Taking care of your teeth in this way can help you keep your own teeth late into life, reducing the need for invasive dental work or dentures.
Affordable and Unintrusive
There are so many options when it comes to orthodontic intervention. For people who can’t have conventional braces, for whatever reason, there are alternatives such as Invisalign or Lingual Braces. The cost of these procedures is very affordable. For patients who may not have been able to afford these procedures years ago, there are now a wealth of options available.
Braces can make other procedures easier
Using braces as part of a multi-step treatment plan has become much more common in recent years. For patients who require a bridge there may not be sufficient space. Using braces to subtly alter the alignment of teeth can reduce the need for surgery and other invasive measures. Furthermore, braces can correct bite patterns. Unnecessary pressure caused by incorrectly aligned teeth can lead to headaches, misaligned jaw, and needless wear on teeth.
Adults want to look good too!
Being self-conscious is not a feeling restricted to adolescents. Many adults dislike their crooked teeth and as adult braces become more socially accepted, patients feel more confident about undertaking measures to correct features they dislike. Procedures such as Invisalign and Lingual Braces offer correction that is almost undetectable to outside parties.
If you would like to learn more about orthodontic correction in adults, such as adult braces, then contact the friendly team at Tony Weir Orthodontics today!
Find out more about the 8 biggest myths in relation to Braces.
1: I am too old for braces. WRONG. People can have orthodontic treatment successfully at any age. Whether braces or Invisalign is used, teeth can move well for adults of any age.
2: You always need braces on all your teeth – top and bottom. WRONG. If there is only a localized problem – such as one or two crooked teeth, or if there is a desire for a simple cosmetic change without changing everything to perfect it is possible to have braces on only upper teeth or only lower teeth or only on the front teeth.
3: If braces are done “properly” you don’t need retainers. WRONG. Teeth move throughout life, sometimes to positions they never had before treatment. All orthodontic treatment needs retainers. Without retainers any treatment is likely to eventually relapse to some degree.
4: Different types of braces work very differently from each other. WRONG. There are many different types of braces, and the manufacturers of these braces all like to claim special properties about their braces. However teeth are dumb. The do not know what sort of brace is putting pressure on them to move. Only minor differences result from different braces being used. Using Brand A does not mean that now you can avoid teeth being removed, if that is required.
5: After having braces removed you will get marks on your teeth from where the braces were placed. WRONG. Any marks on teeth after orthodontic treatment come from poor brushing around the braces during orthodontic treatment. The braces protect that part of the tooth they are stuck to, but the surrounding tooth becomes damaged from the acid in plaque, making the tooth surface change colour.
6: Braces can be used on everybody. WRONG. If you have bad gum disease, severely damaged teeth or the roots of teeth, severe jaw joint problems, difficulty in keeping teeth clean, or many severe medical conditions then braces are not a good idea. In most of these circumstances any orthodontic treatment is not a good idea.
7: Any doctor who uses braces is an orthodontist. WRONG. Any doctor can place braces. Orthodontists are specialists who have years of additional training and a proper postgraduate qualification. Orthodontists limit their work to orthodontics only. It is all they do, so they are the most qualified to treat orthodontic problems properly.
8: Braces treatment can be made a lot faster if I use accelerated orthodontics – such as fancy vibration devices. WRONG. All the reputable science available to orthodontists shows either zero or very minimal effect on treatment times and outcomes with use of any “accelerated orthodontics” techniques.
If you would like to find out more information about our Braces and orthodontics services, please click this page https://www.orthodontistbrisbane.net/treatments/braces/
Invisalign aligners are some of the least noticeable, most comfortable orthodontic appliances available.
The process of getting your aligners has now been made even more comfortable, streamlined and accurate with the use of 3D scanners, which replace the old technique of taking impressions (moulds) of the teeth. The level of precision offered by this new technology means that patients now have access to an even higher quality of orthodontic care than ever before.
Tony Weir Orthodontics uses the latest technological innovations to ensure that we have the most precise dental moulds and measurements available. This innovation also places us at the forefront for patient comfort. No more mess from dental moulds, no more having to sit still while the mould cures, and certainly no more gagging because your mouth is too full! Not to mention, quick and easy appointment times. The iTero 3D scanner that is used is a slim wand that takes up to 6,000 images per second. In the hands of our experienced professionals, you are sure to love our new 3D scanning technology.
The benefits of such precise technology are numerous. Before orthodontic work has even begun, our team are able to create highly accurate depictions of the expected results. Tony Weir Orthodontics can create near-perfect digital replicas of the inside of your mouth. Using these 3 dimensional digital images, we are able to show you ‘Before’ and ‘After’ 3 dimensional recreations before we even begin treatment! You will even be able to see the path your teeth will follow. Besides being incredibly cool, this is also a great way for your orthodontist to check there won’t be any unexpected issues later down the track. This technology and simulation also assists your orthodontist in ascertaining whether Invisalign will be the best fit for you.
Additionally, the 3D scanning process is much quicker than the traditional process; taking moulds and measurements, fitting and potentially having to refit later. These quick appointments means the Invisalign experience reaches an entirely new level of convenience and comfort.
If you are interested in learning more about how 3D scanning will improve your orthodontic experience or you would like to book your first consultation, then contact our friendly team today!
No one likes bad breath or discoloured teeth, not to mention tooth decay or gum disease.
Good oral hygiene is the simple preventative measure that you can take to avoid all these issues. But when you have orthodontic treatment it can be difficult to maintain the same standard of cleanliness.
Below are just a few methods to maintaining a high level of oral hygiene while wearing braces:
Brush, Brush, Brush
Unfortunately, there is no magic replacement for brushing. It is the simplest and best method of maintaining dental hygiene. When you have braces, you may need to increase the frequency of brushing. Three times per day is a better goal for brushing when you wear braces – morning, after lunch, and after dinner
An important thing to remember is that you may need to replace your toothbrush more often when you have braces. Bristles will wear faster during this time.
Use Interdental Brushes – Often known as Piksters
Interdental brushes are an integral part of maintaining oral hygiene when you have braces. The wires of your braces, can make it hard for standard toothbrushes to loosen or remove trapped food particles or plaque buildup. Interdental brushes are designed for cleaning around braces, under wires, and in between larger gaps where floss would be less effective. Piksters are a well-known brand of interdental brushes, and are readily available.
“Remember to floss” has become a tired mantra, but it really an important part of maintaining dental hygiene. If you are finding conventional flossing with braces too difficult, talk to your dentist about a floss threader, or a Water Flosser (Water Pik).
Water Flossers replace conventional thread floss with a jet stream of water that removes stuck food particles and plaque.
Rinse your mouth first with water, and then with a quality mouthwash. This will ensure that your mouth is clean, help reduce outbreaks/duration of any ulcers, and will give you a minty-fresh smile! Ask your orthodontist for a recommendation or proper technique if you have any questions.
Have A Quick Look
Before you finish your routine, make sure you flash a smile in the mirror. This serves two purposes. The first is a final check to ensure that no particles have remained. The second is because a smile never goes astray.
When in doubt… Ask your Orthodontist!
If you have any questions regarding maintaining oral hygiene, talk to your orthodontist. Tony Weir Orthodontics are your local family orthodontists. Contact us today to book an appointment or simply talk to our friendly staff in Greenslopes or Corinda, in Brisbane
The number of adults choosing to wear braces is becoming more evident.
While the aesthetics of crooked teeth is often at the forefront of most peoples’ minds, the truth is that visual appeal may be lower on the list of concerns when it comes to why you might need orthodontic treatment.
Many people are unaware, but crooked teeth can severely impact your oral and overall health.
Some of the most common issues are:
- Crooked teeth are difficult to clean. This can result in increased bacteria growth and gum disease. (This can be a leading cause of persistent bad breath in many patients).
- Your teeth will suffer undue and unnatural wear and tear.
- Worn, uneven, or poorly aligned teeth are at a higher risk of chipping or cracking.
- Incorrect bite can lead to unnecessary jaw pain.
- Drastically crooked teeth can create difficulties chewing.
- Oral infections and bacteria can severely impact your overall health. Studies have shown that prolonged oral infections can lead to diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and pneumonia.
Beyond all this, crooked teeth can affect your self-esteem, and consequently mental health.
When viewed in this way, it is very easy to see why correcting crooked teeth is important.
For many adults, the idea of undergoing traditional braces treatment can be daunting. Luckily, the stigma surrounding braces has lessened in recent years. However, for those that are still intimidated, Tony Weir Orthodontics also offer Lingual Braces.
These braces are just like conventional braces, except the brackets and wires are attached to the back of your teeth instead of the front – ideal for those that do not want to alter the aesthetics of their smile while orthodontic work is being completed. Many people are potential candidates for lingual braces.
Additionally, and perhaps more excitingly Tony Weir Orthodontics also offer Invisalign treatment.
By using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth with results you’ll notice sooner than you think. The course of treatment involves changing aligners every one to two weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step by step, until you have a beautiful smile.
There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You simply pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete and you achieve the confident smile that you’ve always wanted. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you are straightening your teeth. Invisalign is superior to any form of braces in terms of comfort, ability to eat, and ease of cleaning teeth. There are also superior for people who grind their teeth.
If you are interested in finding your best smile, then contact our friendly Brisbane Orthodontics based team today!