The orthodontists at Smileworx use a wide range of orthodontic systems to suit the needs of you and of your child.
At Smileworx, the comfort of you and your child is paramount to what we do. We understand that spending extended periods of time in a dental chair can be difficult for some children, especially when there are cheek retractors in their mouth holding it open or multiple appliances working inside it. We also understand that it can be difficult to find a convenient time in your busy schedule for a lengthy orthodontic appointment, like having braces installed.
Traditionally, brackets are applied individually to the teeth one by one, which can be time consuming and uncomfortable. At Smileworx, our orthodontists offer the innovative indirect bonding technique, which is a more efficient and equally as precise way to have your child’s braces installed. An impression is created of your child’s teeth and, in a laboratory setting, the brackets are meticulously placed on to the model. One benefit of indirect bonding is that the model of the teeth can be rotated and seen at a number of different angles to accurately place each bracket and visualise every detail. When applied to the real teeth, all of the brackets are applied simultaneously which is significantly faster and doesn’t sacrifice precision.
We encourage parents to sit in on all of their child’s orthodontic treatments if they want to and ask as many questions as they have. We are all ears! Our kind team, you and your child are all in it together, every step of the way.
Nothing that we do at Smileworx is done without your input and, with a number of orthodontic treatments and appliances potentially available, we want to make sure you’re ‘in-the-know.’ We will never try to ‘sell’ you any particular treatment; only discuss your options and recommend what we think is the best course of action. At Smileworx, our orthodontists tell it like it is, so you don’t have to wade through the clinical jargon and can trust that the treatment you receive is the most appropriate.
We don’t skip out on information with children either! Their treatment can be explained to them in a way that they will understand, helping to alleviate anxiety and to create excitement about each visit and their eventual results. As all orthodontic appliances require self-maintenance, having your child understand their orthodontic appliance is just one way we help to ensure that the treatment is as smooth and stress-free as possible.
We know that surgical orthodontics can be a worrying thought – for you or for your child. With our genuine care and empathy, coupled with our experience in quality orthodontics, you can rest assured that your child is in safe hands. Our number one priority is to keep you informed throughout the process, on not only what the treatment will entail, but also about your options and their outcomes. Any decision you and your orthodontist make together will be one that you are completely comfortable with.
Surgical Orthodontics usually is only needed in more severe cases, like bad bites or jaw bone abnormalities that cannot be solved using bands or appliances. Your orthodontist may work alongside a maxillofacial surgeon (specialising in head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the mouth) to ensure that the best possible care is given.
WHEN MIGHT SURGICAL ORTHODONTICS (ORTHOGNATIC SURGERY) BE NEEDED?
You might be relieved to know that surgical orthodontics is not appropriate for young children, as it requires a fully developed jaw to go-ahead. This is at approximately the age of 16 for females and 18 for males. Surgical orthodontics can properly align the jaw and braces can then properly align the teeth, to create a perfect, healthy smile.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY?
You generally won’t know if you need orthognathic surgery, unless they are assessed by an orthodontist and it is determined to be a necessary part of their treatment. Most jaw-alignment issues do not require surgery, but if you do, you can be sure that you have the entire orthodontic team at Smileworx there to answer every question you might have. We always ensure that there is enough time in an appointment to do so and will not rush you through.
HOW DOES ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY WORK?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon will perform the surgery in hospital and it can sometimes take several hours. As with any major medical procedure, you will need to allow ample time to recover; approximately two weeks. Once you are healed, our orthodontists will be able to ‘fine-tune’ your bite and check-in on how you’re doing. We always want to make sure that you are comfortable and confident in the process and encourage open communication avenues throughout. After surgery, you will have to wear braces, and most braces are removed within six to 12 months following surgery.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY?
As with any major medical surgery, there may be certain risks of having orthognathic surgery, however small they may be. The process of orthognathic surgery is not a new one and it has been performed for many years in many practices and hospitals.
However, we empathise with patients that are nervous about requiring surgery; it can be an intimidating and overwhelming time. Although we can’t change the necessity of surgery, we can help you to feel as confident and relaxed as you possibly can be going in to it. Our best tool to help alleviate worry is improving your knowledge and understanding! We understand how you might be feeling, from the initial fear of the surgical treatment right through to the happiness of having the braces taken off to finally reveal your new smile.