Orthodontic Info for Straightening teeth, TLC dentists, Richmond NSW and Waverton Dental-TLC dENTISTS Richmond & Waverton

Orthodontic Info

TLC Orthodontics Introductory Info

Straightening teeth is a complicated, long, and difficult process.

And we love doing it at TLC. 

Our kid and adult patients all love the results and always say that the improvement to their smile is worth every effort.

 Every set of teeth, every ache, every jaw and every need is different, so at TLC dentists, we have studied many methods and philosophies of tooth alignment over the years.

Our main aim is to provide a better smile and bite by minimizing the need for the removal of good teeth, instead, using jaw growth guidance (expansion) to fit the teeth in to a straighter position whenever this option is available.

Being general practice dentists allows TLC dentists to have a ‘whole mouth’ approach to teeth straightening.  The jaw and the neck and head muscles interact with the teeth, and these are treated all together as one system. We appreciate being able to see the big picture and not just having to focus on specific teeth.


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The result is A better smile in A shorter set time with less pain and A full set of teeth for A better future dentition

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What types of braces are there ?


Stainless Steel—very small, durable, ordered in a specific customised angulation, good general use.

Frictionless clip—steel, no elastic around the brackets, faster movement, usually used for adults.

Ceramic—white and less noticeable, more brittle, slower movement, only on upper front teeth.

Invisalign—a series of mini tooth mouthguards, only for mild cases of tooth straightening, no wires, clear coloured, removable.

Additional techniques:

Expanders—guides the growth of the jaw, especially during puberty to fit big teeth in to small jaws minimizing the need to take teeth out.

Micro implants– improves speed and accuracy of tooth straightening.

Removable  Plates—if fixed braces cannot be used or if both jaws need to be realigned.

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How long will I need them on for ?


Most tooth straightening takes 18 to 30mths of braces then 2 or more years of retainers.  Abbreviated tooth straightening focuses on just a few teeth and takes about 12mths


What do straighter teeth and jaw alignment help with ?

 A better smile is what everyone wants and is the first thing that most people will notice when they meet you.

 Crooked smiles

Twisted teeth

Headaches– especially among young women in their 20s

Biting problems
Uneven wearing and chipping of teeth

Gum disease

Poor nose breathing—open mouth breathing

Bad sleeping habits

Clicking and partly dislocated jaw joints

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What problems should I expect with braces?

 Teeth move afterwards.

Teeth will always try to move.  As we age, teeth will always try to move closer to the front of the mouth.  This is called Mesial Drift.  This is why a retainer must be worn to retrain the muscles and gums and to hold the teeth in the best position for as long as possible.


Different jaws and teeth.

Every person has different teeth, different jaws and different needs.  The smile is very important but while we are straightening the front teeth, we are also helping the back teeth to bite correctly, and realigning and guiding the jaw and neck muscles.  No set of teeth is straight-forward or the same as any other patient.



It is very hard to keep teeth clean with braces on.  There are many instructions that we will give so that the teeth are kept as clean as possible, but if the patient is unable to keep them clean, the teeth end up moving much much slower, and in some cases, if decay is occurring, the braces have to be removed indefinitely.  It is very important for regular check-ups to be continued every 6 months in addition to the series of orthodontic appointments.


Bracket loosening.

The brackets/braces are glued on to teeth with temporary stress break adhesives.  If there is too much force on the tooth from chewing foods or from the braces themselves, they will detach away from the tooth.  This is a safety mechanism that we use to minimize danger to the teeth.  If we glue a bracket too strongly to the tooth, a strong biting force might chip the tooth.

For the teeth to move effectively, there needs to be a precise force on them.  The optimal force will cause a strain soreness, almost like sore leg muscles after a long run.  Most patients adapt to this strain soreness within several days as it becomes the norm.


OK, so what’s the next step?


Make sure that all your questions are answered to improve your understanding of what we are aiming for with braces.

The preliminary stage involves taking Xrays, pictures and impressions of your jaws and teeth to allow the complex measurement and planning phase to proceed.  The planning phase usually takes 6 to 8 hours to complete.

After the analysis, if we are able to proceed, then the very next step is the placing of brackets or expanders and the movement of your teeth will be very obvious within the first few months.

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At TLC dentist, we are uniquely able to combine multiple orthodontic techniques with implant and cosmetic dental techniques.  In NSW, TLC dentists was one of the first practices to combine the use of braces with implants to improve the speed and result of teeth straightening.  For some complicated procedures, consultation with specialist orthodontists can be organised.

Please contact us for further information.




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