Because ceramic is harder than enamel, teeth that bite or rub against brackets can easily wear down the opposing teeth. Therefore ceramic braces are rarely placed on lower teeth.
For everyone from children to young adults, conventional braces remain the most common method of orthodontic treatment. Brackets are glued to your teeth, and they hold flexible wires in place. In turn these wires exert pressure on your teeth, gently moving them into the correct position over the course of your treatment.
Orthodontic tooth movement can occur at any age, even adults can have orthodontic treatment. The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends a first assessment by a registered Specialist. Orthodontist at age 6 or 7 years. This is when adult teeth typically begin to appear and development problems become apparent like uneven bite and overcrowding. Starting the process early doesn’t mean a child will need braces right away. It just means the Orthodontists are able to find problems early and decide the best time to start treatment. Early treatment may mean that a patient can avoid more complex treatment later. Conditions that can be treated in early childhood are problems of tooth eruption, missing teeth, extra teeth, cross bites, severe crowding, jaw growth problems, snoring and thumb sucking.
Some of the potential benefits of interceptive treatment include:
Management of thumb and digit sucking habits that can influence the development of teeth and jaws.
Early orthodontic treatment may involve the use of removable plates, arch expansion devices, functional appliances, anti-habit appliances, space maintainers or partial braces. Orthodontist will be able to find problems early and decide the best time to start treatment by keeping an eye on any changes in the mouth.
Can a Dentist Provide Orthodontic Treatment Instead of an Orthodontist?
For mild problems, a dentist may be able to correct the issue. But if more extensive orthodontic treatment is needed, it is best to see an Orthodontist. An Orthodontist has 3 years of advanced orthodontic education and training beyond dental school. He or she specializes in all orthodontic problems.
Clear Aligner Therapy, such as Invisalign, consists of a series of clear, thin mouthguards called ‘aligners’. They are changed every 1-2 weeks for a new set of aligners. Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth – and your teeth only.
As you replace each aligner your teeth will move, little by little, week by week, until they have straighten to final the position prescribed by your Orthodontist.
It is important to also be aware that any dental practitioner can become an ‘accredited’ provider of treatment with clear aligners, by paying a large sum of money and attending an introductory one-day course.
They do not have to prove to anyone that they are competent to provide orthodontic treatment!