Finding your brilliant smile with orthodontics
A smile is perhaps one of the most powerful communication tools at our disposal. Whether you are in a bad mood or an awkward conversation, a smile would always help! A smile can be attractive, confident, and happy.
Many people develop misalignment in their teeth and jaws (what dentists call “malocclusions”) from a young age which may negatively impact self esteem, quality of life and may even result in other conditions such as speech difficulties. This is the value of orthodontics. Orthodontics corrects misalignment which in turn enhances your attractive smile and quality of life that will last a lifetime (provided you properly care for your teeth).
Common concerns of people considering orthodontic treatment are the aesthetic and comfort factors associated with traditional metallic braces during the treatment period. Fortunately, the evolution of modern orthodontics has made available a wide range of options, such as clear ceramic brackets and the inconspicuous Invisalign®, catered to your physical conditions, needs and budget.
Find out more about orthodontics treatments available through consultation with us today.
Does my child need braces?
Many children suffer from misaligned teeth and jaws. An attractive smile can increase self confidence and positively impact the development of your child both physically and mentally.
Is it too early for my child to have braces?
Not at all. In fact, sooner is often better depending on your child’s circumstances. Early identification and treatment will not only enhance your child’s smile, but may also benefit the profile of their facial structure.
How long will the program take?
Typically 1-2 years but ultimately subject to each child’s unique circumstances.
Regular visits to the dentist for check-ups and adjustments would be required during the treatment period.
When should my child visit for an orthodontic check-up?
Following American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommendation that all children have their first check-up no later than age 7.
With some exception such as the presence of an underbite, or bad habits such as thumb-sucking, earlier intervention is required.
What is two-phase orthodontics used for?
- It may reduce the need to pull permanent teeth in future
- Some problems that can be treated quite well in a growing child may require corrective surgery if treatment occurs after growth ends.
- Normalize the relationship of the upper jaw to the lower jaw, especially in the case of an underbite
- Intervention with prolonged sucking habit or abnormal swallowing
- Tuck in “buck teeth” to reduce the risk of those teeth being broken or knocked out
What is involved in two-phase orthodontic treatment?
- Treatment often begins when there is a mixture of baby and adult teeth.
- This phase is to ensure sufficient space for permanent teeth
- Make sure all teeth are in their proper places for good function, a healthy bite and a pleasing appearance
- Intraoral appliances or partial braces are commonly used to guide the growth of the jaws, and make space for the adult teeth to erupt.
- Phase Two treatment often begins when all, or nearly all, of the adult teeth have erupted. This phase is to refine the smile.
- After Phase One treatment, the child may or may not need Phase Two Treatment
- Full braces or aligners are used.
What is Myobrace®?
Straight teeth, no braces.
The Myobrace® assist in correcting poor oral habits that may have led to narrower jaws and subsequent crowding of teeth.
It assist in widening the jaws without surgery, and using light forces to correct the alignment of teeth
Who is it suitable for?
Myobrace® is suitable for 5-15 year olds.
How does it work?
The Myobrace® System consists of a series of intra-oral appliances which is to be worn 1.5 hours in the day, and during sleep. It encourages the child to breath through their nose, swallow correctly, and posture the tongue in the roof of the mouth which widens the jaw to its full potential naturally. A wider jaw means sufficient space for the permanent teeth and a fuller smile.
What is Self-ligating Braces?
Traditional braces system ties the wire onto the brackets which creates friction and use heavier forces to move teeth.
Whereas, self-ligating braces use innovative technology to minimise friction from the wire and bracket system. Each individual bracket has a door that allows the wire to slide in loosely, while moving the teeth with less pressure. This means treatment is more comfortable, and faster without compromising the result!
Why Damon ™ braces?
Damon Braces give you a broader, healthier smile with less time and greater comfort than conventional braces.
Damon™ uses state-of-art technology which consist of a highly researched, shape-memory wire engineered by NASA (yes, the space company). With this patented wire, treatment is more comfortable, teeth move faster, and fewer visits for adjustment is required.
Damon ™ clear brackets
For more self-conscious patients, Damon ™ clear, ceramic brackets are also available.
Case Study: Trapped Eye Tooth
The patient of 10y.o. suffers from malocclusions in the upper jaw, resulting in their eye tooth being “trapped” due to insufficient space (red circle). The trapped eye tooth causes discomfort in chewing and may potentially give rise to other complications down the road.
Expander and braces were applied to gradually make space for the eye tooth. Treatment was painless with no extractions were required.
Remarkable improvement was achieved following 8 months of treatment. There is now sufficient room for the eye tooth to grow out. The patient’s upper jaw profile also improved significantly.