Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that corrects crooked teeth and jaws that are positioned incorrectly in relation to one another. It achieves a beautiful, straight and natural smile and the best facial profile. Aside from the reduced aesthetic impact, crooked teeth are harder to keep clean and are thus more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. Sometimes a poor bite can lead to headaches and problems with the jaw joint.
The best age to assess the orthodontic situation of a child is from 5 years onwards. Some conditions are best treated at a young age but the majority of fixed bracket orthodontic treatment (braces) happens once all adult teeth are through.
Dr Doug Leishman completed a two-year post-graduate orthodontic programme and treats both children and adults. He has also completed the Invisalign and Myobrace accreditation courses. He will recommend the best treatment option for you after a comprehensive orthodontic assessment. All our patients have their bite assessed routinely as part of the dental exam, and you may like to know that we also offer all new patients a FREE orthodontic assessment to discuss whether treatment may be beneficial.
We take a bespoke approach to every case - replica models of your teeth are made and x-rays analysed with the help of computer software in order to develop a personal orthodontic treatment plan just for you.
Interest-free financial arrangements are available for orthodontic treatment, allowing you to spread the cost if required.
Treatment time varies depending on age, patient compliance and the severity of the condition - generally, it takes between 18 and 36 months. You will need to come in once a month for your brace to be adjusted, or the next aligner fitted.
Please contact our friendly team on (07) 5477 0889 for further information or advice.