A straight smile looks and feels fantastic at any age. At Avid Dental, Dr Shal Main Chan provides precise, reliable orthodontic treatment for children, teens and adults in both our Korumburra and Inverloch locations. Dr Chan’s education and experience in orthodontics are designed to improve both the function and aesthetics of teeth.
Orthodontic treatments for:
- Overlapping or gappy teeth
- Occlusal (bite) treatment
- TMJ (jaw joint) function
- Cosmetic braces
Misaligned teeth are more difficult to keep clean and may not come together correctly, resulting in excessive wear, sensitivity and jaw pain.
Interceptive orthodontic evaluation around age seven will determine if jaw, bone and teeth are developing normally for harmonious function. Palatal expanders, space maintainers and early childhood orthodontics can reduce treatment times in the future and may eliminate the need for orthodontic extractions.
Often called phase I orthodontics, addressing the growth and development of teeth and bone structure during childhood usually means fewer dental conditions and a healthier smile as an adult.
Orthodontics for Teens
Using dental x-rays and 3-D cone beam technology, Dr Chan organises a treatment plan based on your child’s unique needs. Digital photography will assist with treatment and provide parents and teens with an idea of their results.
Braces during teen years are so common, they are almost a rite of passage to adulthood. Using reliable and durable brackets, wires and elastics we gradually guide teeth into proper alignment. Because social interactions are important to our teen patients, we personalise braces with colourful elastics and bands to make treatment more fun.
Brackets attach to the teeth using cement, which will be removed after treatment. A wire connects to the brackets using small elastic bands. Regular adjustment to the wire will guide movement.
It is a good idea to avoid sticky and crunchy foods during orthodontic treatment to prevent damage to the wire or dislodging a bracket.
Orthodontics for Adults
We offer both traditional orthodontics and Invisalign for our adult orthodontic patients to choose from. In most cases, Invisalign invisible braces can address common orthodontic conditions. Since they are crystal clear, many of our adult patients prefer this method.
We also offer Invisalign for older teen patients who will comply with wearing the removable trays for at least 22 hours per day.
Post-Orthodontic Retainer Use
Wearing a retainer is an essential aspect of orthodontic treatment whether you choose traditional orthodontics or Invisalign. Retainers hold teeth in place and prevent them from drifting toward their original location.
We offer several types of retainers:
- Hawley retainers – removable retainers made of acrylic and wire
- Essix retainer – removable clear, plastic retainer similar to Invisalign aligners
- Permanent retainer – fixed retainer with brackets attached to the back of teeth and held stable with a wire
Ready for a Straight, Beautiful Smile?
Contact Avid Dental to arrange an orthodontic consultation with Dr Chan. We look forward to helping you achieve improved oral health and confidence with perfectly aligned teeth.