Glendowie Dental Centre

Does my child need Orthodontic Treatment?

We correct malpositioned teeth and jaws to create straighter, healthier smiles with the latest orthodontics treatment technologies.

Not many of us are blessed with well-arranged teeth or so called ideal occlusion. We frequently come across children and adults who have teeth that protrude, crowded or are wrongly spaced. These irregularities in teeth are called malocclusions and are robbing one of a good smile.

It is very hard for someone to diagnose what is normal and what is abnormal growth.  We encourage you to come in for an assessment to find out whether treatment is required.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time for treatment?

Earlier treatment is possible and is most effective. For most orthodontic problems, 8 to 9 years of age is an ideal age to start.

What are the advantages of combining removable appliances and braces?

  • Improvement to one’s aesthetic appearance.
  • To provide beautiful confident smiles.
  • To correct pathological or improper jaw features.
  • Little or no discomfort in wearing removable appliances when fitted properly.
  • Minimise removal of healthy teeth.
  • Healthier jaw and jaw joints.
  • Exclude the need for dental surgery.
  • Dental treatment with positive lifelong effects and benefits.
  • Known to improve one’s self-esteem and confidence

Who will be doing the treatment?

Dr Gin Wong is your local general dental practitioner who has a clinical interest in providing quality orthodontic care. He will assess the type of orthodontic treatment you require and will discuss options that suit you or your child’s need.

The first step to a great smile is to meet one-on-one with Dr. Gin Wong to determine if you are a candidate for the Fastbraces® system. Dr. Gin Wong will provide a comprehensive exam of your mouth and smile. Next photos and x-rays are taken to help Dr. Gin Wong create a customised treatment plan designed specifically for your smile.

What affects growth and causes abnormalities?

Normal facial growth involves ongoing bone remodelling and displacement. Abnormal growth begins when this biological balance is disturbed. The direct target for clinical intervention (appliances or braces) must be the control process which regulates the biology of facial growth, which is the influence of the soft tissue and neuro-musculature.

It has been well documented that the most common factors associated with abnormal facial growth involve the airway which when compromised leads to mouth breathing and associated aberrant tongue function. The most common changes include long facial profile, poor development of the upper half of the face, joint problems with the jaw, narrow upper arch, dental malocclusions and dental crowding.

What does the orthodontic treatment involve?

Orthodontic treatment is an elective procedure and one that should be made in the very best interest of the patient.  Our method combines removable dental appliances [plates] with fixed appliances [braces] to achieve the best aesthetic results.

Malocclusions are caused by teeth irregularities and are best treated with braces. There are many others dental problems involving the jaw and these are best corrected with the removable appliances. These procedures are effective, non-invasive and straight forward despite popular misunderstandings which often deters some patients.

Where the lower jaw has to be moved to align with the upper jaw (common where the child has been a finger or thumb sucker), we commonly use a removable dental appliance to correct jaw discrepancy. These appliances more importantly can avoid the need for invasive jaw surgery.