Dr Graham Wild has 30 years experience in providing orthodontic treatment to families in the Riverina region.
Aligning your teeth not only enhances the appearance of your smile, it also enhances the performance of your smile. Malaligned teeth may have a number of effects on your quality of life. For example:
- your ability to bite, chew and speak correctly
- Difficulty cleaning correctly, which may lead to tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease.
- Jaw joint problems, headaches, jaw pain and breaking, cracking or chipping of the 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 treatment is also often successful for adults.
The range of corrective orthodontic devices includes:
Dental braces (fixed appliances) – tiny brackets are attached to the front of each tooth and wires are threaded through. The gentle and consistent pressure of the braces slowly moves and correctly repositions the teeth. The braces generally need to be adjusted by the dentist every month or two.
Rubber bands – During treatment, patients may need to have rubber bands attached for additional force for the correction of bite.
Retainers – These are used when the braces are removed and retaining appliances (retainers) are fitted to hold teeth steady in their new position.
Headgear – This is used most often to restrict forward growth of a prominent upper jaw in a growing patient.
Call us today for more information about Orthodontics or to make an appointment.