Dental Braces

What was once more commonly used on teenagers, more and more adults are now considering using braces to straighten their teeth. This is because having a great smile in today’s modern society is becoming increasingly important.

What are Dental Braces?

The Dental Room offers a range of teeth-straightening solutions: predominantly metal braces and Invisalign®, which are both effective, and we can help assess which method is right for you. 

 

Read on to learn more about some orthodontic treatments that could help you achieve your dream smile. 

 

What are braces?

Dental braces are considered ‘appliances’ used by dentists or orthodontists on their own or with other treatments to correct teeth positioning problems. These include crowding, spacing and bite (occlusion) issues. 

Braces have come a long way: there are now more discreet, clear aligner treatments such as Invisalign®, a popular method used to straighten teeth. And traditional metal braces are still an excellent solution that’s reliable, fuss-free, and effective.

 

The primary goal of braces or clear aligners is to move your teeth into their desired position to create a healthy smile that looks and functions appropriately. In very simplistic terms, they work by exerting a light, constant pressure on your teeth for extended periods. As the teeth move, the jaw bone gradually adapts and sets the teeth into their new position.

 

 

 

*Results may vary between individuals. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits.

What are the different types of braces?

When it comes to choosing a teeth-straightening solution, it’s always a good idea to first do some research on all the options available. Read on to hear about the different types of braces:

Metal braces 

These are what most people think of when they think of braces. They are often the ‘go-to’ option for children and teenagers. However, you’ll now find adults sporting them, too – metal braces have come a long way! A very reliable, effective, and fuss-free teeth straightening method, traditional metal braces are robust, using a series of metal wires and brackets to adjust the position of your teeth. The brackets are fixed to the teeth, and the wires apply appropriate pressure to achieve the desired movement, resulting in an individual’s desired smile over time. 

Some patients are happy to do a short course of braces to improve the positions of teeth before a smile makeover and would be happier to do this over six months of braces as opposed to a longer treatment time with clear aligners. Braces are sometimes cheaper than clear aligners and achieve the same great results! Invisalign® has a cosmetic nature; therefore, it usually has a higher price tag when looking at anything other than an easy or express case. 

Ceramic (white) braces

Over the years, braces have advanced significantly. In fact, for those looking for a more discreet solution than metal braces, ceramic braces are tooth coloured and a great alternative. However, it’s worth noting that they can be more expensive than metal braces depending on your preferences and needs. 

Lingual braces 

This treatment is practically invisible because the wires and brackets are placed along the inside of the teeth rather than the outside. You can’t notice these braces from afar because they are behind the teeth.  

Unfortunately, the higher aesthetics come at a price. They are 100% custom-made, so treatment usually costs a fair bit more than the previous two types of braces. Also, since they are close to the tongue, they can take longer to get used to it.

While ceramic and lingual braces appear less noticeable, as mentioned, they are typically more costly than metal braces. Metal braces are also more reliable and function better than ceramic or lingual braces, which tend to have more emergency appointments associated with treatment, such as broken brackets, slower treatment times, and more difficulty in getting predictable results. For these reasons, and because we understand our clients lead busy lifestyles requiring predictable, fuss-free treatment, we prioritise metal braces here at The Dental Room.

Book a consultation with one of our dentists at The Dental Room to discuss all braces options and advice on the best solution.

‘Invisible’ braces with Invisalign®

As an alternative to traditional braces, clear aligner treatments such as Invisalign® are a discreet way to straighten teeth using clear, plastic removable aligners that clients swap every two weeks to straighten (re-align) their teeth gradually. The aligners should be worn for 22 hours per day for optimum results, only taking them out for eating and brushing.

Dr Shawn Rama is an accredited Invisalign® provider, and The Dental Room is a leading provider of this cutting-edge technology in Melbourne, Australia, having achieved a Platinum Invisalign Provider status.

The benefits associated with using Invisalign® include:

  • Invisalign® aligners are instantly removable, which makes eating, brushing, and flossing easier.
  • Invisalign aligners can be taken out for special occasions, such as a professional presentation or a dinner party, as long as they are worn for a minimum of 22 hours daily.
  • The aligners hardly interfere with an active lifestyle or work.
  • Treatment time could be shorter than with conventional braces in some cases.
  • The aligners are virtually invisible, so your friends or colleagues won’t even know you’re having treatment.
  • Very gentle treatment process with minimal (if any) pain.

Contrary to popular belief, Invisalign® technology is so advanced and predictable that it can treat a range of moderate to severe teeth straightening issues, not just for cosmetic fine-tuning.

Although Invisalign clear aligners can perform most tooth movements predictably, compliance is essential. Due to the removable nature of the aligners, they are only recommended for those who can commit to wearing them for at least 22 hours a day.

What conditions do braces treat?

It’s often thought that orthodontics is used only for cosmetic reasons to create a more beautiful smile. And while this could be true for some, braces are also used to improve your overall dental health. For example, straightening crowded lower front teeth. They look better and become easier to keep clean, which is important for oral health in an area prone to plaque and tartar buildup. 

 

Some of the main conditions that orthodontic appliances treat include crooked teeth, crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, and incorrect jaw positions. Some of these conditions can be treated with braces only, while others may need a combination of treatment modalities. It is important to note that a cookie-cutter approach cannot be adopted. At The Dental Room, we assess each client’s teeth thoroughly and create a personalised treatment plan with their health and aesthetic goals in mind. At The Dental Room, we offer consultations to determine the best treatment for you.

 

How long will treatment with braces take?

Although many of our Invisalign® clients have a treatment time of between 3 – 12 months, as one can appreciate, the amount of time needed using treatment with braces or clear aligners to straighten teeth is dependent on many factors and, as a result, can vary significantly between each person. Some factors include age, complexity, compliance, type of braces used, treatment goals, and other factors depending on your circumstances.

 

With braces, you will see the significant changes happen a lot quicker than you would with clear aligners. The ins and outs of your teeth will move a lot quicker, or spaces will close faster in comparison. However, perfecting rotations or minor degrees of movement may take longer when it comes to finishing and fine-tuning. It’s harder to manipulate the finishing while the metal bracket and wire are strapped to the teeth than a clear aligner that hugs the entire tooth surface. 

 

Despite popular belief, age only plays a very minor role in the entire teeth-straightening process. Dentists used to believe that teeth could not move once growth had stopped. However, science has proven that teeth can be moved throughout any stage of life. That’s great news if you think you missed the boat!

 

‘Invisible’ braces with Invisalign®

As an alternative to traditional braces, clear aligner treatments such as Invisalign® are a discreet way to straighten teeth using clear, plastic removable aligners that clients swap every two weeks to straighten (re-align) their teeth gradually. The aligners should be worn for 22 hours per day for optimum results, only taking them out for eating and brushing.

Dr Shawn Rama is an accredited Invisalign® provider, and The Dental Room is a leading provider of this cutting-edge technology in Melbourne, Australia, having achieved a Platinum Invisalign Provider status.

The benefits associated with using Invisalign® include:

  • Invisalign® aligners are instantly removable, which makes eating, brushing and flossing easier.
  • Invisalign aligners can be taken out for special occasions, such as a professional presentation or a dinner party, as long as they are worn for a minimum of 22 hours daily.
  • The aligners hardly interfere with an active lifestyle or work.
  • Treatment time could be shorter than with conventional braces in some cases.
  • The aligners are virtually invisible, so your friends or colleagues won’t even know you’re having treatment.
  • Very gentle treatment process with minimal (if any) pain.

Contrary to popular belief, Invisalign® technology is so advanced and predictable that it can treat a range of moderate to severe teeth straightening issues, not just for cosmetic fine-tuning.

Although Invisalign clear aligners can perform most tooth movements predictably, compliance is essential. Due to the removable nature of the aligners, they are only recommended for those who can commit to wearing them for at least 22 hours a day.

Are braces the best treatment option for me?

While both braces and Invisalign® have their advantages and disadvantages, The Dental Room offers several ways to achieve a great outcome, and we are proud to provide braces now as well as Invisalign®. 

 

Come for a consultation to learn the options and understand the process and your treatment goals. Many clients find themselves surprised at the alternative options we can give instead of the typical 1.5-2 years of standard orthodontic treatment. 

 

Braces are suitable for most clients, and improving teeth alignment goes beyond just making the teeth straighter, but also makes them healthier in the long term, reducing the chances of differential wear or grinding, improving oral hygiene and improving the bite function. 

 

Most of our clients are teenagers going through an entire course of braces. However, we also have some preteens on partial braces, which are used to create space for their adult teeth to come through correctly, and some adults are doing pre-smile makeover alignment. So there is a variety of suitability for braces. 

 

If you prefer a more discreet option, Invisalign® might suit you better. The aligners are virtually invisible and can be taken out for special occasions, such as a professional presentation or a dinner party, as long as they are worn for a minimum of 22 hours daily. They’re also instantly removable, which makes eating, brushing, and flossing easier. Treatment time could be shorter than with conventional braces in some cases. 

 

Disclaimer: Invisalign® assessments are provided for clients interested in learning more about Invisalign® treatment options. Booking is essential. Treatment results may vary between individuals. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits that should be considered carefully.

How much do dental braces cost?

When it comes to price, many factors can influence what you may end up paying. While these will vary between individuals, some factors can include:

 

  • The type of treatment option you select
  • The provider and dental practice you choose
  • The simplicities and complexities of your case
  • The additional services/inclusions within a priceRepairs and fixes for wear and tear, such as broken brackets on metal braces

 

Braces are generally cheaper than a comprehensive Invisalign package. However, the price does depend on the individual case or treatment complexity.

 

Some patients are happy to do a very short course of braces to improve the positions of teeth before a smile makeover and would be happier to do this over 3-6 months of braces as opposed to 12 months of clear aligners. In these cases, braces can be much cheaper than clear aligners and give you better results. 

 

As mentioned, Invisalign® is usually more costly when looking at anything other than an easy or express case. 

 

As you can tell, many factors may influence the costs of braces. At The Dental Room, we have various orthodontic treatment solutions with attractive inclusions, such as teeth whitening and post-treatment retainers, to offer tremendous value to the treatment. We can offer a treatment plan specific to your needs, including the right option to deliver the best results – book a consultation and let’s discuss!

 

Why The Dental Room?

At the Dental Room, you’re guaranteed to meet some friendly faces; our staff are like family, and you’ll immediately feel part of that as soon as you step through our door. No matter which teeth-straightening solution is for you, our dentists are the best at delivering your perfect smile. We put our clients at the heart of the treatment and consistently create strategies to improve your experience. 

 

Dr Shawn Rama is the Principal Dentist and Founder of The Dental Room, with 20 years of experience in his field. He graduated from the University of Melbourne. He is a leading aesthetic dentist renowned for creating the most beautiful smiles in Australia and internationally. Dr Shawn is an accredited Invisalign® provider, and The Dental Room is a leading provider of this cutting-edge technology, having achieved a Platinum Invisalign Provider status. Our clinic is equipped with the latest scanning technology and treatment protocols, all geared towards unlocking your smile’s full potential through Invisalign®.

 

Furthermore, a skill that sets Dr Shawn Rama apart is his craft in using facially-driven smile principles in Invisalign® treatment. Having straight teeth is one thing; however, having straight teeth to enhance facial balance is a whole different story. Dr Shawn Rama will improve your smile to that next level with Invisalign®.

 

Dentist Dr Emily Pow is our resident traditional metal braces expert. Having graduated from  La Trobe University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Orthodontics, Dr Emily has incredible knowledge and experience in helping others achieve their oral health goals and providing high-quality, tailored braces treatments that suit each client and their needs. Emily enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, believing that a happy and healthy smile goes beyond just beautiful teeth.

 

So, whichever teeth-straightening treatment is for you, our Melbourne dental clinic is best in class, and our team would love to make it happen. We want your journey in our clinic to be seamless from the very moment you start your treatment. If teeth straightening has been on your mind, arrange a consultation at The Dental Room to determine if braces or Invisalign® solutions suit you.

Disclaimer: Initial assessments are provided for clients interested in learning more about their orthodontic treatment options. Booking is essential. Treatment results may vary between individuals. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits that should be considered carefully.