Croydon Orthodontics | What We Do
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Braces

Braces

Braces are one of the most efficient ways to move teeth. Brackets are positioned on the teeth and flexible wires are tied to the brackets, providing a gentle push to start the teeth moving into a straight line.

Braces can be placed on the outside or the inside of the teeth. They come in many different sizes and colours.

At Croydon Orthodontics we use very small, low profile brackets which provide maximum comfort and allows our patients to more easily clean between the teeth.

Clear (or invisible) braces and lingual (or inside) braces are also offered. However, not every case may be suitable for clear or lingual braces.

Metal braces are the most common option for teenage patients and can be personalised at each visit with multiple colours, or none at all, depending on their preference.

Invisalign

For many, one of the biggest reasons for avoiding the first step towards a great smile is dealing with unwanted attention to traditional braces while you’re undergoing treatment.

Invisalign uses a series of comfortable, almost invisible aligners to move teeth. The aligners are worn for a period of at least 22 hours a day, but have the added benefit of being able to be removed for meals, cleaning or the occasional special event.

Aligners are changed every two weeks, with each aligner achieving a small amount to improvement to the straightness of your smile. Worn well, Invisalign can be an effective alternative to traditional braces.

In some cases small, tooth coloured attachments may need to be added to particular teeth to control tooth movements.

Croydon Orthodontics are Platinum providers of Invisalign

  • No brackets and no wires
  • No food restrictions
  • Clear aligners that are almost invisible
  • Smooth and comfortable
  • Aligners can be removed for easy cleaning

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Early childhood treatment

Depending on the problem, the optimum time to begin orthodontic treatment will vary. Some specific problems are best addressed early, before all the adult teeth are present, to simplify or eliminate the need for further orthodontic treatment.

Timely intervention can also reduce the need for extractions in crowded cases.

At Croydon Orthodontics we do not subscribe to the one-size-fits-all method of treatment. Everyapproach we use is custom designed for your child, taking in to account their personality, their maturity, and their particular needs to increase the likelihood of a successful outcome.

We also work hard to keep phases of treatment with our younger patients as short and cost-effective as possible.

Several orthodontic conditions can benefit from early intervention:

  • Deep bites – If your child’s lower front teeth are biting up onto the roof of their mouth
  • Posterior or anterior cross-bites of individual teeth or groups of teeth
  • Thumb or finger sucking habits
  • Large overjets (commonly called “overbites”) or reverse bites
  • Teeth that appear to be heading ‘off track’ or have failed to erupt on time
  • Problems with the position of the jaws. Early assessment is recommended for problems with the position of the top or bottom jaw
  • Tongue issues such as tongue thrust, tongue tie or speech issues which are related to the
    upper front teeth
  • Airway related issues – Snoring related to jaw size or position, adenoid or tonsil inflammation. If these issues are identified, you may be offered a referral to discuss these issues with a qualified ENT doctor

If you think your child may require early treatment, or you are unsure and would like toarrange an initial assessment, contact us. Even if it is too early to address your child’s orthodontic needs, an early assessment can help you to plan for the future.

Once your child has been assessed, they will be reviewed periodically at no cost until treatment begins. Regular monitoring has several benefits:

  • It allows your child to build a relationship with us before starting treatment
  • Your child’s growth pattern can be better assessed over multiple visits
  • It allows us to start treatment with your child at the appropriate time

While there is a fee for an initial assessment, we do not charge for any of our review appointments.

Payment plans for early treatment are usually available

Adult treatment

If you are an adult considering orthodontic treatment, congratulations on taking the first step towards improving your teeth and smile. Many of you tell us you have been considering orthodontic treatment for several years. We understand your particular concerns as an adult, and will try to make the journey as easy as possible for you.

For us, treating adults is often a welcome change of pace. As a general rule, Adult patients are often more motivated, more considerate of their hygiene and more diligent following instruction. For these reasons we have found the average treatment time of our adults to often be equal or less than that of our junior patients.

If you are an adult seeking treatment you may have heard of:

  • Invisalign
  • Lingual braces
  • Clear braces

All of which are alternative options to traditional braces that can be discussed. Not everyone is suitable for every option, but we will endeavour to find a solution that you will be comfortable with.

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Combined treatment

Sometimes a team approach is required to achieve your best smile.

At Croydon Orthodontics we work closely with your own General Dentist and a trusted group of Periodontists, Prosthodontists, Paedodontists, Endodontists, Oral-Maxillofacial and ENT surgeons.

At your first appointment we will carefully assess you to try to identify any problem areas that may require attention, in addition to your orthodontic treatment.

We will then discuss all your options with you in simple terms. Following your consult we will communicate with your dentist, to coordinate your treatment for your best possible outcome.

 

You may require a combined approach if:

  • You have teeth that have failed to erupt

  • You have small teeth, misshaped teeth or missing teeth

  • You have stained or multiple fillings at the front of your mouth

  • You have severe wear to the edges of your teeth or the gum lines are very uneven
  • You have or have previously had gum disease
  • You are considering multiple veneers or crowns at the end of treatment
  • You grind your teeth
  • You have problems with your jaw joints locking or clicking
  • You suspect or know you have sleep apnea
  • You require a change to the position of your jaws, for better facial balance or function (see facial change)

In some cases it is better to delay some forms of dental work aimed at improving theappearance of your teeth, for example, crowns, veneers and bridges. Often A better result can often be achieved after your orthodontic treatment.

Wherever possible, we try to minimise the amount of additional treatment you require. The details of any planned additional treatment will be discussed again with you and your dentist or specialist as we progress through your orthodontic treatment.

Facial change

In some instances, orthodontic treatment alone can not achieve the result you deserve.

Orthognathic surgery is a combined orthodontic and surgical approach that is used to correct bite problems that are due to an imbalance in the proportions of the face and facial skeleton, to address sleep apnea and other problems that cannot be treated with braces alone.

You may be best treated with this approach if :

  • Movement of your teeth alone will not correct your bite
  • Movement of your teeth to correct the bite will have a negative impact on your facial appearance or the long term health of your teeth
  • Movement of the jaws will create a more harmonious facial profile

We understand that being told you may need ‘jaw surgery’ can be a daunting prospect. It is not a diagnosis made lightly by your orthodontist, but one made after considering the long term health of your teeth and the stability of your treatment outcome.

If orthognathic surgery is being considered as a treatment option, planning your treatment will also involve a consultation with a trusted Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. At this appointment your surgeon will carefully assess you and go through the procedure, in detail including what to expect, your hospital stay, your recovery and the appropriate level of insurance cover.

As a general rule, most of our patients return to school or work in under 2 weeks. For your convenience, your surgeon often perform any necessary removal of wisdom teeth at the same time as your surgery.

This type of treatment is generally performed in non-growing patients. Braces are also always required. Braces are used to position the teeth so that they will bite together correctly following the surgery. While there is more planning involved with this approach, your treatment time will usually be of similar length to that of our routine braces case.

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