Orthodontics (Braces)

Our principal dentist, Dr Joseph, is a general dentist with passion in orthodontics (braces) and aims to provide beautiful faces, not just straight teeth. He has undertaken years of part-time post-graduate study in orthodontics from both Australian and international leaders in the field of orthodontics. Dr. Joseph is a member of the International Association for Orthodontics, the largest orthodontics association in the world. Having studied under multiple mentors, he uses various up-to-date techniques and bracket systems that he can tailor according to the patients’ individual conditions.

Dental Braces
Dr Joseph doesn’t routinely extract teeth before putting on braces, as our philosophy at Warrnambool Smile Dental is to only extract teeth if it improves facial aesthetics and not because of crowding or to correct jaw relationship. Dental crowding can typically be resolved by expanding the jaws to create more space to fit the adult teeth. However, in extreme cases such as abnormally large teeth (macrodontia) or where aesthetics will be improved, extractions may still be required. The traditional approach to orthodontics is focused on straightening teeth with less regard to facial profile and harmony.

However, this often requires pulling out several healthy teeth to create enough space just to straighten the others. This may also mean straightening teeth without regard for the facial appearance, facial profile and general health of the patient. Our goal is to make patients healthy and create beautiful faces and smiles, not just straightening their teeth!

To address your misaligned teeth, if you have both aesthetic and functional concerns during treatment, Invisalign can be your solution. It is a clear computer-generated tray ideally worn for 24 hours a day with change-outs every fortnight. Invisalign results vary on the complexity of the teeth. For the complex cases traditional braces are more effective and quicker. If it is not that complex, and if someone does not like the metals on their teeth, Invisalign could be the best solution. Please consult with our dentist. He will assess and advise the best solution for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are braces considered orthodontic?

There are medical plans that have orthodontic benefits only if the braces are medically necessary and your plan includes orthodontic benefits. Orthodontic benefits work in several ways: The most common benefit is payable at a percentage with a lifetime maximum of a certain amount.

Can you get braces on the first appointment?

No, braces are not put on during your first appointment with your orthodontist. There are a few steps to be taken during initial appointments before your braces are actually applied.

How does the orthodontist put braces on?

What will the orthodontist do? First, the orthodontist will thoroughly clean and dry your teeth. Next, he or she will apply the bonding glue to your teeth and attach the brackets (the small metal or ceramic squares). The glue may taste unpleasant, but is harmless.

Are braces permanent?

Teeth can take a year or more to stabilize after braces, meaning they are highly susceptible to movement. Once your braces come off, your orthodontist will fit you for retainers (either removable or permanent). Your permanent retainer is bonded to the tongue side of the teeth (so it remains unseen!).