If you or someone in your family has protruding or crooked teeth, bite issues or other problems related to the alignment of your teeth and jaws, orthodontics is an effective long-term solution for improving the appearance and functionality of your mouth.

Our experienced dentists at Karratha Smiles Dental Centre will help you to find the best orthodontic treatment for you or your child to establish a straighter smile for life.

Who needs orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics help to straighten teeth and improve the bite relationship between the jaws and teeth. Without orthodontics, patients may experience long-term discomfort or more serious problems in the future, especially if they make it difficult to clean your teeth and allow food to become trapped.

Despite what many people believe, orthodontic treatments such as braces and aligners aren’t just for teenagers. While these treatments can be most effective when started at a younger age, many adults are now enjoying their benefits too, thanks to new dental technology such as ClearCorrect clear aligners that are less visible in the mouth. We also offer children’s orthodontics to help make sure permanent teeth develop correctly.

What are the benefits of orthodontics?

Clear aligners slowly move teeth and jaws into the desired positions over a period of time. We may recommend braces to:

  • straighten protruding or crooked teeth that are at risk of injury
  • close gaps or eliminate crowding that can promote tooth decay
  • correct bite issues such as overbite, underbite and crossbite
  • help reduce problems with eating or speaking.

How are dental braces fitted?

During your consultation for orthodontics at Karratha Smiles Dental Centre, our expert dentists will carry out a thorough oral examination and help you to choose the right approach for yourself or a family member.

If you are having an aligner fitted, we will custom-fit the aligner to your mouth and show you how to insert and remove it. You should wear your braces as much as possible during the day and at night, but they should be removed for eating and drinking and when cleaning and flossing your teeth.

If you need a fixed brace, we will first clean and scale your mouth before fitting the brace to your teeth and connecting the wires or bands. Fitting braces is usually not painful and is usually complete within one hour, though you may need to make a return visit if some components need to be specially made.

Whether you have fixed or temporary braces, you will need to make regular follow-up appointments so that we can check your progress and make adjustments to the aligners.