Braces Melbourne

Braces use brackets and wires to align crooked teeth for a straight smile.

What are braces?

Braces are a common teeth straightening method that use brackets and wires to align crooked teeth. They are usually applied in your teenage years, however can be effective for adults as well. Camberwell Orthodontic Group offers three varieties of braces to suit our patients’ individual needs and goals.

Metal Braces

In the case of metal braces, metal brackets are attached to the teeth, each connected by a thin metal wire. They work to straighten the teeth with regular adjustments that gently reposition the teeth to create a straight smile. With the option for colourful variations, these are popular among younger patients.

Ceramic Braces

For a more discreet braces treatment, patients can choose ceramic braces. These braces straighten teeth with their tooth-coloured brackets and thin metal connectors, which gradually apply more and more gentle pressure with regular adjustments. Their subtle appearance makes them popular among adult patients.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces could be a suitable option for some patients who are wanting a more subtle straightening treatment. They are fixed to the backs of your teeth, creating a near-invisible treatment option. Each set of lingual braces are custom-made to fit your teeth and gradually straighten your smile.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can get braces?

Braces are appropriate and recommended for people of all ages. Children, teens, and adults with misaligned teeth or jaws can all benefit from orthodontic care. The ideal time to begin braces treatment for children is between the ages of 10 and 14, as this is when their adult teeth start settling in. However, some bite problems require intervention during periods of active growth so a timely assessment is recommended. Adult braces can be fitted at any time, as long as your gums are healthy.

Why are braces used for teeth?

There are many reasons why people begin their braces treatments, including corrective and cosmetic reasons. Braces allow patients to feel more confident, while improving quality of life through the correction of:

  • Crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth
  • Overbites, underbites, and crossbites
  • A misaligned jaw
Are braces painful?

Braces are not a painful treatment, though the initial process may cause discomfort as patients adjust to the hardware. This discomfort may last between 3-4 days, and we recommend consuming soft foods during this time. Camberwell Orthodontic Group provides individualistic care to ensure each patient receives high-quality care and a comfortable experience. You may also receive wax to apply to your braces to alleviate any discomfort.

What foods can and can't you eat with braces?

When wearing braces, there are many foods you can continue to eat as you normally would. However, there are some foods that may cause discomfort or potentially damage the hardware. As a general rule, hard foods and chewy foods are most likely to cause potential damage. We provide a hygiene pack as well as a list of foods to stay clear of at the start of your braces journey.

Do braces impact your dental routine?

A healthy and confident smile always requires adequate dental care. During braces treatment, it is essential to maintain a thorough tooth brushing and flossing schedule at least twice a day. To prevent buildup, avoid sticky, chewy, and hard foods that can be difficult to dislodge. Incorporating an interdental brush can help you to refresh your smile throughout the day.

What happens if I break a bracket or wire?

If you notice any part of your braces have broken or come loose, make an appointment with your orthodontist immediately.

What happens after my treatment is finished?

After your braces are removed, retainers will be fitted. There are various types of retainers, including clear retainers, fixed wire retainers and plate type retainers. Your teeth may shift over time, so we recommend wearing retainers long-term, initially full time, then nightly or every few nights long-term. 

What happens if I lose or break my retainer?

We look after all our patients after their braces treatment for no extra fee as a continuation of care. However, extra fees may apply for lost or broken retainers. If your retainer breaks or is misplaced, please contact us to organise a replacement retainer as soon as possible.

Questions?

Our friendly team is ready to help answer any questions about your orthodontic treatment.