Our principal dentist, Dr Joseph, is a general dentist with passion in orthodontics (braces) and aims to provide beautiful smile and not just straight teeth when he provides orthodontic treatment. He has undertaken years of part-time post-graduate studies from Australian and international leaders in the field of orthodontics. Joseph is a member of the International Association for Orthodontics, the largest orthodontics association in the world.
Traditionally, healthy teeth were often needlessly extracted to speed up treatment, possibly at the expense of facial aesthetics and function of the jaw. However, Dr Joseph very rarely extracts teeth and only does so if this will improve the smile. Most of the times, the cause of the crowding is narrow jaw and can be corrected by using expansion plates, which will not only negate the need to extraction, but also aid in providing broad and full smile. Joseph also used the Damon system, which is the one of the most advanced braces system in the world that helps to provide beautiful smile, and not denture like teeth.
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!
For patients who are conscious of wearing metabl braces, we provide the option of having clear braces, which is much less noticeable than metal braces and also works well in many circumstances. When you come in to see Dr Joseph for initial consultation, feel free to ask him about clear braces and he will be able to explain about the advantages and disadvantages of this option .