Our teeth are not just connected to our jawbones, what goes on with them affects our whole body. At the Healthy Smile Centre, we believe that everyone needs all of their teeth and so when you come to us for orthodontics in Erskineville, you’ll find we approach your teeth straightening differently.
Straighter teeth, not fewer teeth
Crowded teeth is an increasing problem in the modern world, partly due to a diet that contains much more soft food than the hunter-gatherer diets our bodies were designed to process. As far as teeth go that can mean that we don’t develop a wide enough arch to accommodate all our teeth, and the result is what can seem like too many teeth trying to fit onto too narrow a jawbone.
It’s not uncommon for dentists to solve this problem by removing several teeth, and then straightening the others by moving them a bit inwards to fill in the gaps. What this kind of orthodontics in Erskineville means for you as the patient is that you end up with straight teeth, yes, but on a smaller jaw, and a smaller jaw won’t hold your face out as much as it needs. Your lips, for example, will become flatter and flatter lips make you look older. Your cheeks will look flatter too.
Looking at more than your teeth
When you come to us for orthodontics in Erskineville, we will assess much more than just your teeth. We will also take a good look at your breathing patterns, and how you habitually use your tongue, jaw and facial muscles.
We treat orthodontic issues with braces, and we offer traditional and clear braces. We also offer Damon self-ligating braces. These braces use a slide mechanism to allow the teeth to move rather than tying in the brackets with elastics. This means the wires adjust themselves as your teeth move, making the whole process gentler, faster and requiring fewer adjustments.
We also offer clear aligners from Invisalign and Trueline. These are more like mouth guards in design, and have built in pressure points to nudge your teeth into correct alignment. They are also removable for eating and cleaning.