Adults account for 1/3 of orthodontic patients. New technology allows you to straighten your teeth with clear aligners such as Invisalign or ClearCorrect or traditional braces.
Increasingly more and more adults are opting to take positives steps towards creating the beautiful smile they once dreamt of. At the Cosmetic Dentistry Centre here in Melbourne we want to help you realise this dream. With modern advances in technology, the barriers to straightening teeth in your adult years have reduced significantly. Of course tradition braces may be required but there are many other options available such as Invisalign and ClearCorrect.
At our Melbourne centre we offer ClearCorrect, a clear aligner treatment, that works in much the same fashion as Invisalign, but is generally cheaper. ClearCorrect is a US based company and their clear aligners are produced in Texas.
To determine if you are a candidate for clear aligners, our orthodontic team must first assess your mouth and discuss what kind of results you are looking to achieve. Straightening teeth and correcting malocclusions( bad bites) can be achieved using removable orthodontic appliances such as clear aligners over a period of 6 to 12 months depending on the severity of the case. The clear aligner must be worn for 22 hours a day, only being taken out to eat and drink (except water). You receive a series of clear aligners that are replaced every 2-3 weeks, slowly moving your teeth into the corrected position. Being a clear device, it is generally un-noticeable and your speech is only slightly affected when you begin treatment.
The cost of Invisalign or ClearCorrect varies depending on the treatment severity. Often patients only need to straighten their upper teeth and thus require clear aligners for the top jaw, where as others choose to straighten both upper and lower. In general, as a guide, ClearCorrect will cost around $6500 for both an upper and lower treatment. At the Cosmetic Dentistry Centre we also include post treatment retainers/aligners and teeth whitening. Once the treatment has been completed, the patient must wear a retainer/aligner at night, otherwise there is the possibility of their teeth moving back to their incorrect position.
Unfortunately not everyone is a suitable candidate for clear aligners and may require traditional orthodontic braces. Orthodontic braces are predictable, versatile and incredibly successful at realigning teeth. In short, an adult can experience beautiful end results, but treatment often takes longer. Aside from poor aesthetics, improperly aligned teeth can also cause difficulties biting, chewing and articulating clearly. Generally speaking, orthodontists agree that straight teeth tend to be healthier teeth. Straight teeth offer a multitude of health and dental benefits including:
- Reduction in general tooth decay
- Decreased likelihood of developing periodontal disease
- Decreased likelihood of tooth injury
Fortunately, orthodontic braces have been adapted and modified to make them more convenient for adults. There are now a wide range of fixed and removable orthodontic devices available, depending on the precise classification of the malocclusion. The most common types of malocclusion are underbite (lower teeth protrude further than upper teeth), overbite (upper teeth protrude further than lower teeth) and overcrowding, where there is insufficient space on the arches to accommodate the full complement of adult teeth. Prior to recommending specific orthodontic treatment, the orthodontist will recommend treatment of any pre-existing dental conditions such as gum disease, excess plaque and tooth decay. Orthodontic braces can greatly exacerbate any or all of these conditions.
There are a myriad of options available to patients wanting to re-create their smile and we are more than happy to assess your mouth and provide clear guidance as to what can be achieved. Being conveniently located in Melbourne’s CBD, you can schedule a consultation that is most suitable to you. We understand this is an investment, so would expect you have gathered a vast amount of knowledge on the treatment options available. If you have a treatment plan from another practitioner, bring it along with you, as a second opinion or third opinion is always valuable.