Braces

Braces Brisbane QLD

Braces have been around for over 100 years and there’s one big reason for this – they work!

Braces have been used to treat many millions of patients over many decades and are the most cost-effective way of producing a perfect smile.

Braces are a combination of attachments (called brackets or bonds) that are glued to your teeth which can be used in combination with small bands used on the back teeth.

An archwire is attached through each bracket and connects the teeth together and acts as a guide for the teeth to move along which generates pressure to ultimately move your teeth to their desired position.

To have braces put on, it will take about an hour or two to place your braces at AAA Orthodontics in Strathpine and Albany Creek, and you will need to come in for a check-up every six to eight weeks.

Your teeth will be cleaned, and Dr Peter McMahon will apply dental glue to secure the brackets. He will then thread wires through the brackets and apply the o-rings, with the colour of your choice.

Traditional metal braces

The time tested traditional metal braces are the most common orthodontic treatment and are a brilliant option for all minimal to complex malocclusions, crooked or gapped teeth issues. These braces can fix virtually everything.

Metal braces treatment consists of metal brackets which are attached to the front of each individual tooth and connected together by an archwire. The archwire is used to apply gentle pressure to guide the teeth into position. This wire is adjusted at certain regular intervals to allow for more or less pressure to be applied at the required points.

Incognito braces

Incognito™ Lingual Braces from 3M are placed on the inner side of your teeth—so no one will know you have got braces. Because of the way Incognito braces are custom-made they require fewer adjustments than traditional metal braces and also visits to AAA Orthodontics.

Advantages of incognito braces include:

Minimal discomfort due to the fact that the wires can be inserted closer to your teeth.

Incognito™ braces are suitable for everyone. If you can get traditional braces, you should be a suitable candidate for Incognito™ braces.

Insignia braces

Insignia braces are computer designed braces with their own customised treatment plan. These braces are tailor-made to suit your specific oral anatomy. During your initial consultation, an impression of your teeth will be taken and sent off to the Insignia smile design lab.

Insignia braces are tailored to suit your specific needs. One of the advantages of Insignia braces is that the braces are calculated to affect tooth movement in the optimal way. This means the braces will be more comfortable and will require fewer visits to the dentist.

Braces and tooth discomfort

Knowing that your teeth are in the process of getting fixed can be exciting! There’s just that tiny issue of discomfort, especially during the first few days of wearing new braces or newly-tightened braces, as it can be a little painful. However, the discomfort is usually short-lived.

These easy tips by Dr Peter McMahon can help ease the soreness.

  • Drink cold liquids – Cold liquids reduce the inflammation and pain in the mouth by numbing it.
  • Eat cold foods – Cold foods, like ice-cream, yoghurt, and even refrigerated fruit and vegetables have a soothing effect.
  • Use an ice-pack – Wrap an ice-pack in some cloth and apply it to the outside of your mouth. The numbing sensation of ice will ease the tooth discomfort.
  • Eat soft foods – Soft foods like cheese, steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, gravy and pudding are good choices in that these are less likely to cause pain to sensitive teeth.
  • Avoid acidic drinks – Drinks that contain high levels of acid (orange and tomato juice) may irritate mouth sores and cause further discomfort to sensitive teeth.
  • Try a salt-water rinse – Rinse your mouth with a salt and warm water solution for about 30 seconds before spitting out.
  • Try topical anaesthetics and rinses – Topical anaesthetics and hydrogen-peroxide based products help reduce infection and inflammation, thus providing relief to your teeth.
  • Over-the-counter painkillers – If the tooth pain intensifies after your braces are adjusted, painkillers like Ibuprofen should provide relief.
  • Use ortho wax – Applying ortho wax to those sore areas, reduces friction between the braces, teeth and gums, thereby easing tooth discomfort.

Braces Brisbane QLD

If you would like to start achieving a smile you can be confident about, or if you would like to learn more about braces, please do not hesitate to contact the friendly team at AAA Orthodontics in Strathpine and Albany Creek.

Braces FAQs

Treatment time is different for every patient as a number of factors, including the severity of the orthodontic problem decide the length of time required. Treatment may range from 6-9 months up to 30 months, with most treatments being between the 18-24 month range.

Fitting the braces does not hurt, but the teeth usually start to hurt a few hours later and it may take a few days to become used to your new braces. Any pain can be managed with analgesics. Modern braces are not like they used to be and the latest “high tech” wires reduce the forces while acting over a greater range of movement; which means less discomfort.

Avoid consuming hard, sticky and crunchy foods is recommended. Generally, if you would normally eat it with a knife and fork you can eat it when you have braces. Hard, crunchy and sticky foods damage your braces or teeth and can make your treatment take a lot longer.

Your toothbrush should have soft bristles and a small head and you will need to replace it regularly. You should brush your teeth after every time you eat. If your brushing is poor, you may have permanent frosty white marks on your teeth where they have begun to decay around the braces. You will be shown how to do this when you visit AAA Orthodontics.

Maintain your child’s braces, by:

  • Always rinse: Get your child to clean their teeth after each meal by instructing them to rinse their mouths first before brushing.
  • Floss: Make sure to help your child to floss at least once a day. Flossing helps to loosen trapped food bits and plaque found under the gum line.
  • Fluoride: Get your child to use a fluoride toothpaste when brushing, followed by gargling with a fluoride rinse to help keep their teeth strong.
  • Dentist visits: Don’t skip the regular dentist visits. Take your child for their regular dentist visits to get a thorough cleaning and so that the dentist can take care of any problems before they arise.

Braces Brisbane QLD

If you would like to start achieving a smile you can be confident about, or if you would like to learn more about braces, please do not hesitate to contact the friendly team at AAA Orthodontics in Strathpine and Albany Creek.

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