What is a brace?

What is a brace?

A brace is a dental appliance that is fitted to your teeth in order to straighten crooked teeth or correct dental crowding. If your front and back teeth are not aligned correctly, this is also an issue that can be addressed with a brace so that you can have an even bite. Having straight teeth is important for your health, as it means that there is less chance of damage to prominent teeth and of strains on jaw muscles and, of course, your appearance and confidence can also be dramatically improved by having an attractive smile! In addition, straight teeth are also easier to keep clean, reducing the likelihood of both tooth decay and gingivitis.


What kind of clear braces are available?

There are several different types of brace today, including a range of clear aligners that are almost invisible to any onlooker when wearing them. One popular form of clear braces is Invisalign in Sydney CBD, which is a very popular treatment, offering a clear and removable aligner system.  If you are worried about the aesthetics of wearing a brace then this could be the perfect solution for you, as you will be able to go about your daily life without it even being obvious that you are undergoing treatment.

How does this treatment work?

This treatment will usually need to be booked in advance and involves having a series of clear plastic aligners fitted, that are moulded to the unique shape of your teeth. New technology called Itero may be used to take digital impressions of your teeth and allowing for a precise fit of your clear aligners in a short time frame. Using Itero is a much more comfortable process than traditional ways to make moulds, as it is mess free with no unpleasant taste or smell associated with it. In addition, you will be able to breathe and swallow as usual as it is a less invasive process as traditional processes for moulds. Every two weeks, your aligners will need to be changed for a new set, as your teeth will have moved and so will require a new mould. However, with Itero, there is no need for another impression of your teeth to be taken.

Another great thing about these aligners is that they are a very hygienic option. You are able to remove them for eating, brushing and flossing, so that you are able to keep both the aligners, and your mouth, really clean. It will be important for you to have an initial consultation with your dentist before you start this treatment, so that your dentist can confirm if you are suited to this particular treatment.


Is it expensive?

The cost of this treatment will depend on your location and personal circumstances. The number of aligners you need throughout your treatment will also have a big influence on the price. Most dental practices, however, offer interest free treatment plans, in order to allow as many patients as possible to benefit from this innovative treatment.

So if you would like to improve the appearance of your crooked teeth, but are worried about braces impacting on your social and work life, then this could be the answer you’ve been looking for; a discrete, comfortable, hygienic solution, enabling you to gain teeth worth smiling about!

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.