Orthodontics for Kids and Adults

Straight teeth are healthier in so many ways—both for the health of the teeth and gums and for your self-esteem and how you feel about your smile. This can have a dramatic impact on how you feel about expressing yourself freely.

Many people don’t realise that having straight teeth can also mean enjoying better oral health. Straight teeth are easier to take care—and people who like the way their smile looks might be more diligent about brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist on schedule.

Dr Nick Malamas provides orthodontic treatment for both children and adults in our Clifton Hill dental clinic for the benefit and convenience of our patients. Depending on the dental issues you are dealing with, you can opt for traditional braces or clear braces.

We welcome you to read on for more information about traditional braces as well as Invisalign clear braces. If you have other enquiries, we invite you to call our Clifton Hill, VIC dental clinic to find out more.

Traditional Braces for Children and Adults

Misaligned teeth can contribute to a host of oral health conditions, including:

  • Uneven wear
  • Periodontal disease
  • TMJ (jaw) disorders
  • Teeth sensitivity
  • Increased decay
  • Broken and chipped teeth
  • Difficulty restoring teeth

We begin monitoring children at around age seven to determine if early interceptive orthodontics (phase I), such as palatal expanders or space maintainers, will benefit them at this young age. Often, treating children in their youth will eliminate the need for orthodontic extraction of teeth in the future and can reduce treatment lengths during the teen years (phase II) when kids have significant social pressure.

Adults often have a false belief that they are too old for orthodontics. It’s never too late for a straight smile, and Dr Malamas addresses many of the most common orthodontic issues at our Clifton Hill, VIC dental clinic. These include:

  • Overlapping teeth
  • Misalignment
  • Uneven spacing and gaps
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Cosmetic orthodontic enhancement

Traditional braces in Clifton Hill, VIC come in both metal and tooth-coloured options depending on patient preference.

The length and cost of treatment vary from patient to patient. As with all of the dentistry we provide in our Clifton Hill, VIC dental surgery, we will customise your treatment specifically for you and outline every option available. We want to ensure that you are fully equipped to make the best decision for your smile.

Orthodontic Retainers

Patients should consider wearing an orthodontic retainer as part of their treatment. Once teeth reach their ideal position, holding them in place with a retainer will prevent orthodontic relapse—when teeth drift back to their original positions.

For Patients Who Do Not Want Traditional Orthodontics in Clifton Hill, VIC

For adults and older, compliant teens, Invisalign treatment at our Clifton Hill, VIC dental clinic is a convenient alternative to bracket and wire braces. Instead of visible hardware, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners that apply gentle force to the teeth, moving them gently into their ideal healthy and aesthetic location. Invisalign aligners are removable, making it easy to keep teeth clean and enjoy an unrestricted diet.

Invisalign works best for most non-complex orthodontic cases. In some situations, you might have better results with traditional braces. We will discuss all of your options for a straight, beautiful smile.

We also offer veneers at our Clifton Hill, VIC dental clinic, which are sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics.” These ultra-thin tooth covers can camouflage flaws with your smile, including teeth that are misaligned. Treatment usually takes place over the course of two dental appointments, so your can have your picture-perfect smile in a very short amount of time.

Benefits of Invisalign

Patients who opt for Invisalign treatment at our Clifton Hill, VIC dental clinic report enjoying the following benefits:

  • The clear plastic aligners are removed for eating, so you can enjoy all of your favourite foods without restriction.
  • Since the aligners are removed for cleaning the teeth, brushing and flossing is easy—and just needs to be done diligently for optimal oral health.
  • If you have a special event such as a dinner or wedding, you can leave out the aligners for a few hours. It’s important to remember, however, that you must wear them for 22 hours each day if you are going to reach your smile goals.
  • The virtually invisible clear plastic aligners are so discreet, someone sitting across from you will probably not notice you are wearing them. This is ideal for adults who might feel self-conscious about having traditional braces in a business setting.

The Issues Invisalign Can Address

Invisalign in Clifton Hill, VIC is generally recommended for non-complex, mild to moderate orthodontic corrections, including:

  • Bite issues
  • Alignment issues
  • Overcrowding teeth
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Gaps between teeth

The Invisalign Process

If you are interested in Invisalign at our Clifton Hill, VIC dental clinic, the first step is to make an appointment for an examination. Dr Malamas will examine your mouth and take x-rays, as well as talk to you about the goals you have for your smile. He can determine whether Invisalign is a good choice for you. If it is, he will take moulds of your teeth and gums, which will be sent to the lab for fabrication of the custom trays.

Just as you do after traditional orthodontics treatment in Clifton Hill, VIC, you will need to wear a retainer after your Invisalign treatment.

Payment Options for Clifton Hill, VIC Orthodontics Treatment or Invisalign

At Clifton Hill Dental, we understand that many families have strict budgets, and we don’t want worries over finances to keep you from getting the dental care you need—including orthodontic treatment. We are always up-front about costs so there will be no surprises down the road.

We accept a number of payment types:

  • Cash
  • EFTPOS
  • Cheque (for established patients)
  • Credit cards
  • American Express (+Surcharge)
  • Direct transfer (with prior agreement)
  • HICAPS

Be sure to bring your insurance card with you to your dental appointment so we can provide you with same-day reimbursement.

Although we are not preferred providers for any specific health funds, we will accept your insurance. One of our friendly team members will work with you to help maximise your benefit and let you know exactly what your out-of-pockets costs will be.

We also work with SuperCare. This dental surgery funding assistance is something many people are not aware of. You can apply to access your super to pay for your dental treatment, your partner or your children. You may choose to apply for funding to cover the entire cost of the procedure or part of the cost. You can find out more about how Supercare works by visiting the website.

Learn More about Straightening Your Teeth with Braces and Invisalign

If you want the information you need to make an informed choice about straightening your teeth, contact Clifton Hill Dental to arrange a booking for a consultation. We offer a wide range of hours at our dental clinic, including evenings and weekends, to make it easy to fit in needed appointments.

  • Monday—9:00AM to 7:00PM
  • Tuesday—9:00AM to 6:00PM
  • Wednesday—9:00AM to 7:00PM
  • Thursday—8:30AM to 5:30PM
  • Friday—8:30AM to 3:00PM
  • Saturday—9:00AM to 2:00PM

We welcome patients of all ages to our Clifton Hill, VIC dental clinic. We look forward to treating your entire family.