Have you ever wondered how braces work?

Braces are a great way to straighten your teeth

When braces are applied to the teeth, they are glued onto the outer surface of the tooth. Once secured in place, these braces form an ‘anchor point’. This anchor point does nothing until there are wires in place for any tooth movement to occur.

The wire has a memory and always wants to go into a nice U archform (the perfect U smile), so when it is placed onto crooked teeth, a light gradual force is placed upon the teeth. This force is generated by the wire attempting to form its original shape. Once the braces and the wire are comfortably in place the orthodontist treatment phases begin.

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Fitting Braces into Your Life

When you’re wearing braces, there are a few things you’ll have to adjust to get the optimal results in the shortest amount of time. If you have any questions about the “do’s and don’ts” of living with braces, feel free to ask our team at Ocean Orthodontics at your next appointment.

Eating

When you have braces, there are a few types of foods that can damage your brackets and bend your wires, leading you to more appointments and longer treatment times. By simply avoiding sticky, chewy, crunchy, and hard foods, as well as foods like corn on the cob, your orthodontic experience will be smoother and will help prevent unnecessary emergency visits.

Cleaning

Maintaining a clean mouth takes focused attention, more so when you are undergoing orthodontic care. You’ll never believe the amount of food that can get lodged between your braces when you eat. Plaque buildup as a result of poor brushing and flossing habits can cause bad breath, or worse, tooth decay! It is so important to brush your teeth after every meal and floss every day. It may seem like a hassle, but it will all be worth it in the end!

Sports

Protecting your smile if you play sports is essential when you have braces, and mouthguards are an ideal solution to protecting your teeth and gums from injury. Some mouthguards work better than others when you’re wearing braces, so check with our team at Ocean Orthodontics first. We can advise you on the right mouthguard if you plan on participating in any kind of contact sport.

Following these tips throughout your treatment will help ensure you get the results you want from your treatment in a timely manner. If you have any questions, please give our office a call. We are here to help!

For more information on our braces treatment, or to book an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

When is the best time to have my child’s teeth straightened?

Each child is different that’s why it is always good to consult an orthodontist

I often get asked when is the best time to have a child’s teeth looked at to see if there are any orthodontic problems. Around the world opinions vary on this but generally most orthodontists will say that between 7 and 9 is a good age for an assessment, unless you already know that there is an existing problem.

Sometimes when the adult incisors come through and upper front tooth might be reversed in the bite (crossbite). This can happen as early as 6. Those sorts of cases can be seen as early as the problem is detected.

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An Orthodontist: our commitment to dentistry

What it takes to be an Orthodontist

The life of an Orthodontist apart from the day to day is often made up of attending meetings and ongoing education. Most orthodontists are members of the Australian Dental Association and so from time to time attend meetings related to this society. Most orthodontists are also members of the Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) and to be a member of the ASO you have to be able to be a dental board registered orthodontist which means a specialist in dentistry. You also have to have qualifications normally involving two years at least of full time study after completing a general dental degree which in itself is normally five years. You might wonder why you’d bother being a member of two different organisations.

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Adult orthodontics: Is it possible to move teeth once you have finished growing?

You’re never too old to look after your health..

Most adults believe that their teeth are set in concrete and cannot be moved – well luckily that is not the case. While it is true that some types of orthodontic movements are easier to do while you are growing such as orthopaedic expansion of the upper jaw, there are many tooth movements which work equally well in adults. You might be very surprised to find that around the world there are patients in their 50’s, 60’s and even older who are choosing to transform their smile through orthodontic treatment.

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Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton’s smile has been transformed by the Damon Orthodontic System!

Bethany Hamilton has inspired people across the world after recovering from a devastating shark attack.

Bethany was just thirteen when she was attacked by a 14ft tiger shark whilst surfing on the North Shore of Kauai Hawaii. The attack severed Bethany’s left arm.

After losing 60% of her blood and surviving multiple surgeries, Bethany miraculously re-entered the water just one month after the attack. That year Bethany returned to competitive surfing, and through sheer determination and hard work she managed to turn pro in 2007.

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