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What are Orthodontics?

Orthodontics, by definition, is the branch of dentistry dealing with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of problems with the alignment of the teeth and jaws (known as malocclusion or ‘bad bite’).

At Scope Orthodontics, we believe in staying up to date with the very latest in orthodontic techniques to ensure we are offering the most up to date and appropriate forms of treatment for our patients with the best possible results.

There are many reasons why people seek orthodontic treatment. It may be a case of your self confidence suffering due to a crooked smile. Poor jaw alignment may mean that you are chipping and grinding your teeth excessively. Protruding front teeth may mean you are at high risk of damaging them during sports activities, this is especially the case in young children. Straight teeth also tend to be easier to keep clean, which may mean the risks of dental decay or gum disease are reduced.

An orthodontist is a dentist who specialises in the area of orthodontics. It is the only area of dentistry that they do, and so they do it well. It is similar to the way in which a medical doctor may choose to specialise in a specific area, for example cardiology or obstetrics.

To become specialised in the field of orthodontics in Australia, you first must complete a Bachelor degree in dentistry, comprising 5 or more years full time university study. This is followed by a minimum of 2 years practical dental experience as a general dentist before applying to complete a postgraduate degree in Orthodontics. This involves another 3 years of full time study where only orthodontics is learnt.

This level of training and experience is invaluable in achieving amazing results for their patients and confidently choosing the right method of treatment for different types of malocclusions.

As with all medical and dental specialists in Australia, an orthodontist must be registered as a specialist in Orthodontics by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

If you have been thinking about orthodontic treatment for yourself or a family member, you may be wondering, when is the right time to see an orthodontist?

Most orthodontists agree that about the age of 7 years is a good time to have an initial orthodontic consultation. This is because by this age the adult first molar teeth have usually erupted into the mouth, and can be used as a reference point to evaluate the alignment of the jaws. Of course, this does not mean that all children will be ready commence treatment at this young age, however some problems are best dealt with early. Most orthodontic treatment is commenced when the last of the baby (‘deciduous’) teeth have fallen out, typically around 11-12 years of age.

If you are concerned about your child’s teeth or even your own, contact the team at Scope Orthodontics today to book a consultation.

No, you do not need a referral to seek orthodontic care; you can contact us directly to book your consultation appointment today.

With the advancement in orthodontics over the past few years, extractions have become much less common than previously. That being said, there are still cases where extractions will be necessary. This is usually due to overcrowding or positioning problems with the jaw bone, but this works on case-by-case basis.

Your case will be assessed on an individual basis and the best course of treatment for you recommended. Our goal is to provide you with a dazzling smile which will last a lifetime.

Many different types of malocclusion may be corrected by wearing braces or plates. However, in some cases the upper and lower jaws are different sizes or shapes, or do not line up properly. In these cases, orthodontic treatment done in conjunction with orthognathic surgery may be recommended to ensure the optimum result is achieved.

The jaw surgery is carried out by an experienced oral surgeon in a hospital environment and can produce a dramatic enhancement to the patient’s appearance and occlusion.

Jaw surgery is now a very common part of orthodontic treatment.

If you think you are a patient that needs orthodontic surgery, call Scope Orthodontics to discuss your options.