The Australian Association of Orthodontists recommend that children have their first orthodontic evaluation around the age of 7 to achieve prime orthodontic outcomes. Early evaluation, diagnosis and treatment may avoid the necessity for surgery and will reduce the risk of other complications. While the most effective time to have braces is in your youth, braces aren’t only for teens. No matter your age, Universal Dental make it possible for you to have braces at any stage of life.
Contrary to common perception, orthodontic treatment is not only to aesthetically change your orofacial appearance. There are many oral health and structural problems that demand the use of braces or retainers, such as uneven or overcrowded teeth, overbites, underbites, cross bites and open bites, improper jaw position and complications with the jaw joints.
While orthodontic treatment is a viable option for reparative measures, it is always best to tackle the problems before they arise. To increase your chances of avoiding the trouble of oral fixtures, make regular appointments with your dentist every 6 to 12 months.
Named because they usually arrive when we are older and wiser, wisdom teeth regularly cause dental problems and are often required to be removed. In some cases, the patient’s mouth isn’t big enough to accommodate space for the wisdom teeth to erupt, becoming impacted or skewed. Wisdom teeth may also grow in sideways, emerging only partially or staying caught under the bone or gum.
It is very important to take good care of your mouth after your wisdom teeth extraction as the deep open wound is extremely susceptible to infection. At Universal Dental Centre, we advise that patients not to smoke, drink through a straw or vigorously swill liquids for at least 24 hours after surgery as the clot may become dislodged, prolonging recovery progress. We also suggest you avoid brushing the teeth and gum surrounding the extraction site to avoid additional inflammation and haemorrhaging.