Adult Braces and Adult Orthodontics Treatment in Sydney CBD

Adult braces can be an essential part of orthodontic treatments and can be appropriate for people of all ages. Beyond teenage years, asking about adult braces to correct dental issues such as crooked teeth, uneven bites, narrow jaw, and breathing problems is worthwhile. 

With advancements in orthodontic technology, adults have various treatment options available that are both effective and aesthetically pleasing. 

Here’s an overview of the SHDC approach to adult braces, including types of braces, reasons for treatment, and what to expect. We also discuss the holistic approach to consider with these dental treatments.

Reasons for Orthodontic Treatment in Adults

Adults may seek orthodontic treatment for several reasons, including:

  • Genetic Factors: Common orthodontic problems like underbites and overbites can be due to genetics.
  • Prolonged Childhood Habits: Habits such as thumb sucking can cause front teeth misalignment.
  • Aesthetic and Functional Improvements: Straight teeth can enhance appearance, improve function, and make cleaning easier, potentially reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum problems.
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Benefits of Adult Braces Treatment

The holistic dental approach to adult braces at Sydney Holistic Dental Centre often includes treatments like Invisalign. Adult braces can be part of a comprehensive plan that considers the patient’s oral health in the context of their overall wellbeing.

  1. Improved Oral Health: Straight teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of plaque buildup, tooth decay, and gum disease. Proper alignment helps prevent or alleviate jaw disorders such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
  2. Enhanced Self-Confidence and Professional Image: A straight, attractive smile can boost self-esteem, making individuals more confident in social and professional settings. This improved self-image can open doors to new opportunities and enhance overall quality of life.
  3. Improved Breathing and Sleep Patterns: For some individuals, misaligned teeth and jaw structures can contribute to breathing difficulties and sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. Braces can help open up the airway, improve breathing during sleep, and potentially reduce sleep apnea symptoms.
  4. Better Digestion: Properly aligned teeth improves chewing, allowing food to be broken down more efficiently. This can lead to better digestion and absorption of nutrients, contributing to overall health.
  5. Reduced Risk of Tooth Injury and Stronger Jaw Bones: Misaligned teeth can put extra pressure on teeth and the jaw, leading to wear and potential injury. Braces correct alignment, reducing this risk and promoting stronger, healthier jaw bones.
  6. Improved Speech: Misaligned teeth can affect how the tongue moves against the teeth, impacting speech. Braces help correct the alignment of teeth, facilitating clearer speech and resolving issues such as lisps.
  7. Aid in Alleviating Headaches and Neck Pain: Misaligned teeth can stress the gum and bone structures, leading to chronic headaches and neck pain. Correcting the alignment with braces can relieve these symptoms by removing abnormal pressure.

What to Consider for Adult Braces and Orthodontic Treatment

  • Treatment Duration: The length of treatment varies depending on the case’s complexity, ranging from a year up to a maximum of three years for more complex issues.
  • Oral Health Requirements: Good oral health is crucial for orthodontic treatment. Adults with significant tooth decay, cavities, or gum disease may need to address these issues before getting braces.
  • Cost: Treatment costs vary based on the type of braces chosen and the complexity of the orthodontic issue. Discussing payment plans and options with your dentist or orthodontist is important.
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Different Types of Adult Braces

Adults seeking orthodontic treatment have several braces to consider, each with its own advantages:

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners, like Invisalign, are often called invisible braces. The removable trays offer a discreet way to straighten teeth without traditional braces. They are suitable for adults with minor to moderate alignment issues.

  • Pros: They are nearly invisible and can be removed for eating and cleaning.
  • Cons: They may not be suitable for severe malocclusion or large gaps.

Metal Braces

Traditional and effective, metal braces with metal brackets and wires have evolved to be less bulky and more comfortable. They are popular for their durability and efficiency in treating various orthodontic issues.

  • Pros: Effective for many orthodontic issues, often quicker at aligning teeth.
  • Cons: More visible than other options, can be harder to clean.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces but are made with tooth-coloured or clear ceramic brackets. Ceramic braces offer a less noticeable alternative to metal braces. They are preferred by adults who seek a subtler look.

  • Pros: Less noticeable than metal braces, can handle complex tooth movements.
  • Cons: Brackets can stain if not cleaned properly and may cause discomfort to lips and tongue.

Lingual Braces

Custom-made to fit the inside surface of teeth, lingual braces are virtually invisible from the front. They are an option for those prioritising aesthetics.

  • Pros: Virtually invisible when smiling.
  • Cons: It can be more expensive, may cause discomfort to the tongue, and can affect speech. Patient compliance to wear the aligners needs to be consistent to get results.

Each type of brace has its own set of advantages and potential drawbacks. The choice often depends on your specific orthodontic needs, aesthetic preferences, and budget. Consulting with an SHDC orthodontist is important to determine the most suitable option for effective treatment.

Holistic Approach to Orthodontic Treatment in Sydney CBD

Orthodontic treatment in adults can lead to significant benefits, including improved self-confidence, better dental health, and enhanced functionality of teeth. Correcting misaligned teeth can make them easier to clean, potentially reducing the risk of future dental problems.

Making Decisions About Adult Braces

Choosing the right type of braces involves considering factors such as aesthetics, budget, and the specific orthodontic issue being addressed. Consulting with an orthodontist will support you in determining the most effective treatment plan tailored to your needs. Orthodontic treatment for adults is a positive investment in your dental health and overall well-being, offering a range of options to suit different preferences and requirements.

Holistic Dental Approach to Adult Braces

Our approach at SHDC emphasises the interconnectedness of oral health and overall well-being. This perspective goes beyond merely straightening teeth to address broader health concerns that may be linked to orthodontic issues. 

Addressing Underlying Health Problems

At the core of the holistic approach is the understanding that orthodontic issues like narrow jaws and crowded teeth can lead to more significant health problems. 

For instance, these conditions can obstruct breathing by reducing the space in nasal passages, sinuses, and the mouth, affecting sleep quality and overall respiratory health. Moreover, crowded teeth within narrow jaws are more challenging to clean, increasing the risk of plaque accumulation, gum problems, and possibly cavities.

Benefits of Invisible Braces in a Holistic Context

Invisalign aligners, known for their aesthetic appeal, also offer health benefits that align with the holistic approach:

  • Optimal Breathing: By creating enough space for all teeth, Invisalign® improves airway space, facilitating better breathing, especially during sleep.
  • Improved Oral Hygiene: Straighter teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of gum disease and cavities. This aspect is crucial in holistic dentistry, which prioritises preventing oral health issues affecting the body.
  • Aesthetic and Psychological Benefits: Beyond health improvements, achieving a beautiful smile with Invisalign can boost self-confidence and emotional wellbeing, which are important from a holistic dentistry perspective.

Discuss Your Orthodontic Treatment Needs

Holistic dentistry considers the patient’s overall health and lifestyle when recommending treatments like Invisalign. This approach may involve:

  • Customised Treatment Plans: Tailoring orthodontic solutions can straighten teeth and address specific health concerns related to oral structure and function.
  • Non-Invasive Options: Preferring non-invasive treatments can support the body’s natural processes and promote overall health and wellness.
  • Comprehensive Health Evaluation: Your SHDC dentist will assess your general health to ensure that orthodontic treatment supports your broader health goals.
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Adult Braces for a Brighter Smile – with Holistic Health

Adult braces are among the most reliable and trusted orthodontic treatment methods. Combining a long history of success with remarkable advancements in quality and comfort, the right selection of braces to suit your needs can be incredibly efficient at correcting all levels of oral issues. 

By addressing underlying health issues related to orthodontic conditions and prioritising treatments that contribute to the patient’s general health, the SHDC approach to holistic dentistry provides a more integrated and health-conscious approach to achieving a beautiful smile and general wellbeing.

Get in touch with our SHDC braces specialists. We will support you to create your best smile!

I look forward to meeting you and discussing a holistic approach to orthodontics, and your  overall wellbeing.”

~ Dr Andrea Westerhout

Braces for Adults | Adult Orthodontics Treatment in Sydney

Dr Andrea Westerhout

Dr Andrea Westerhout has a special interest in Orthodontics at Sydney Holistic Dental Centre.

She has been working as a dentist for 11 years, graduating with Honours from the University of Western Australia. She has completed a Graduate Diploma in Dentofacial Orthopaedics and Orthodontics here in Sydney.

She is passionate about improving teeth’ health, function and appearance. She is also keenly interested in their connection to the rest of the body.

Dr Andrea has assisted many patients using orthodontic treatment to help with airway issues and correct bite problems.

She uses adult braces, Invisalign, Myobrace, orthodontic appliances and other cosmetic techniques to help achieve the desired outcome and, of course, a confident smile.

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