When Should I Get Braces?

Early Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment

In most cases, orthodontic treatment is best left until all the adult (permanent) teeth have erupted. However, there are situations where early orthodontic treatment may minimise or prevent certain problems from developing. It's recommended that children have an orthodontic examination when the adult (permanent) teeth begin to appear around ages 7 to 8, to assess their dental development.

Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment

Comprehensive orthodontic treatment usually begins after all the baby teeth are lost. The most popular time for starting comprehensive treatment is Year 7 or Year 8. Braces are the most common and most efficient method of straightening teeth.

There are many different types, varying from the traditional stainless steel braces which feature colours that can be changed as you wish, to ceramic braces which are tooth-coloured and show less metal, providing a more discreet look.

Other options for straightening teeth include braces fixed on the inside surfaces of the teeth called lingual braces and customised clear plastic laigners called Invisalign.

Adult Orthodontic Treatment at North Shore Orthodontics

If you've missed the opportunity to have your teeth straightened in the past, it's not too late. For adults, orthodontic treatment can be carried out at any time.

Some orthodontic problems can only be addressed once growth has finished. Particularly difficult jaw problems may involve combined orthodontic treatment and surgery.

Perfect Teeth, No Embarrassment

At North Shore Orthodontics we understand that many adults feel embarrassed about the look of braces, especially in the work environment.
Which is why we offer one of the latest Invisible orthodontic options available for straightening teeth - Incognito lingual braces, completely hidden on the inside of your teeth, or Invisalign clear aligners.  Both are custom-made for maximum comfort and utilise advanced digital technology to deliver the most precise and targeted result.

 

Check out our Smile Gallery to see smiles before and after braces.