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.

Dr Malamas provides orthodontic treatment for both children and adults in our Clifton Hill dental clinic for the benefit and convenience of our patients.

Traditional Braces for Children and Adults

Misaligned teeth cause a host of oral health conditions.

  • 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.

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

Traditional braces 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 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.

Invisalign Clear Braces

For adults and older, compliant teens, Invisalign 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.

Learn More about 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 welcome patients of all ages to our dental clinic.