One step away from straight teeth

Braces for Children, Teens and Adults

ORTHODONTIX is the leading braces specialist for children, teens and adults in Sydney’s Northern Beaches and North Shore areas. Braces are a classic orthodontic treatment. From straightening misaligned teeth to fixing an incorrect bite, braces are an effective treatment for many orthodontic issues.

Braces Basics

With today’s technology, patients now have more braces options. While traditional metal braces are still widely used, clear braces are becoming increasingly popular. Modern advancements mean smaller, lighter weight and less obtrusive options than ever before.

What are braces?

Traditional braces are made from a series of small, metal brackets cemented to the front of the teeth. A thin, springy arch wire is threaded through these brackets and hooked into place with small elastic bands. The arch wire is precisely shaped to apply a finely calibrated force to each tooth, gradually shifting it to a new position, over time, creating a whole new smile.

Clear (ceramic) or metal braces. We’ve got you covered!

We use the latest technology available in orthodontics to provide the best treatment experience for you. We work with 3M® Brackets, the most advanced and effective technology in the market.

How do braces work?

Braces work by exerting constant pressure on teeth and jaws to change their position and alter the smile. The brackets glued to teeth hold the archwire in place which places pressure on teeth. Over time teeth move into the desired position.

The ORTHODONTIX experience

We understand you might feel a little anxious, that’s why our friendly team do all we can to make you feel relaxed and comfortable. Here’s what to expect at your first consultation at ORTHODONTIX:

  • We’ll send you a New Patient Form to fill in before the consultation, so there’s no rush, you can meet some of our team and relax when you arrive
  • We’ll start by taking X-rays and photos of your teeth
  • You’ll next meet the Orthodontist, who’ll do an assessment and take measurements. They’ll discuss the recommended treatment plan with you and answer any questions you have
  • You’ll then chat with our Treatment Coordinator to discuss finance options and you’ll likely have more questions
  • We’ll then schedule your next appointment to start treatment.

How long will I have to wear braces for?

The amount of time it takes to treat your smile with braces depends on three factors:

  • Early treatment: Visiting us early allows the Dr Hammond and the OTDX team to monitor the growth of the jaw and recommend further orthodontic treatment if it becomes necessary.
  • What needs correction: The amount of treatment needed to correct the problem will determine how long the process takes. Different patients react to treatments differently.
  • You: Your willingness to use the appliances the orthodontist prescribes plays a major role in the length of time it takes to complete your treatment. Taking care of your braces and appliances also helps to shorten the length of your treatment.

Book a consultation with ORTHODONTIX today and start your journey to a healthy, beautiful smile!

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Eating with braces:

Don’t worry, you can still eat most of your favourite foods. However, you’ll need to take extra care to avoid any foods that could damage your appliance So, chewy, sticky, hard and foods that require you to bite into them are off the menu for a while. Things like popcorn, chips, chewing gum, nuts, corn and apples should be avoided.

Will I get sore?

When you first get your braces, you may notice your teeth feel a little tender and sore. This is normal and the pain will go away within a few days.

Can I still play sports with braces?

Absolutely! You can still play sport but wearing a mouthguard is recommended for contact sports to protect your teeth and appliance.

How to get started?

All our treatment plans are individually designed so you’ll get the best possible treatment for You. We consider the outcomes you’re after, the steps needed to get there and your budget. We then help you decide the best treatment option for your personal situation.

At ORTHODONTIX our team of expert professionals offer a warm and inviting treatment experience and will take care of you and your smile each step of the way.

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