Straightening your smile – what are your options?

July 15, 2017

Not all of us are born with perfectly straight teeth, but that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with a
crooked smile or an improper bite for life.
Your dentist can recommend a number of different teeth straightening options to suit you or your child,
bringing your teeth and jaws into better alignment and lowering your risk of oral health problems.

Why should I straighten my teeth?

Straightening your smile isn’t just about appearance, although this is the reason many people choose
orthodontic treatment.
Teeth straightening can also help to:

  • correct bite problems, such as overbite, underbite and crossbite
  • prevent excessive wear of your teeth
  • prevent or correct crowding
  • make your teeth less prone to damage
  • overcome eating, speaking and breathing difficulties
  • treat jaw problems, such as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD)
  • make it easier to brush and floss, lowering your risk of tooth decay, gum disease and related problems such as heart disease.

What are the different types of orthodontic appliances?

Your dentist or orthodontist will recommend the most suitable orthodontic treatments for you or your child,
based on your preferences and the severity of your problem. Here are some of the most popular options:

Traditional braces

Traditional metal braces have come a long way from the ‘train tracks’ of the last century. Metal braces are
the strongest option and usually recommended for more severe orthodontic cases, although some older
teenagers and adults may not like how they look.

Smilefast Magic Braces™

If you’d prefer something less noticeable than standard braces, Smilefast Magic Braces use clear
brackets and white wires that are less visible against your teeth. Smilefast technology allows your dentist
to create a 3D map of your mouth for optimal treatment planning, which can sometimes reduce your
treatment time from over a year to a few months.


The most discreet orthodontic option available, Invisalign clear aligners are made from transparent
plastic. Your dentist will provide you with a new set of custom-made aligners every few weeks, to
straighten your teeth over time without the need for braces. Invisalign is popular with adults and older
teenagers, but it’s not always suitable if you have a more severe orthodontic issue.

The path to straighter teeth

Your orthodontic treatment will be tailored by your dentist or orthodontist according to your unique needs.
The first step is to perform a thorough assessment of your mouth and jaw, which allows your dentist to
determine how much your teeth need to be straightened, as well as to spot any other problems that may
be present. This may involve the use of x-rays, taking photographs inside your mouth and impressions of
your bite.

If you choose braces, your dentist will clean and polish your teeth before cementing the brackets securely
to the enamel and fitting the arch wires. You may feel discomfort at first, and may have to adjust your
speech and the way you eat until you get used to your new braces.
If you choose aligners, impressions and 3D models will be made of your mouth to produce your custom
aligners. These can be removed for eating and brushing your teeth, but they should be worn as much as
possible through the day and night.
You should make appointments to see your dentist every few weeks during the course of your orthodontic
treatment. This gives them the chance to check your progress, make any repairs or replacements
needed, and to adjust your braces or provide your next set of aligners to encourage your teeth to move
into their desired positions over time.

Make an orthodontic appointment in Melbourne

Talk to our dentists in Brunswick and Kew if you need to straighten your teeth or you have any other issue
with your oral health. Members of our team have been trained and accredited by Invisalign® and
Smilefast™ to provide these revolutionary new systems.
Call us at All Day EveryDay Dental on (03) 9853 1811 or schedule an appointment online.

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