It is an important decision to have orthodontic treatment. It can take 18-30 months to achieve the correct result.

You might be considering treatment to improve the look of your smile due to crowding or rotated teeth. This can cause difficulty in keeping teeth clean and then making them prone to decay or gum disease.

While you are wearing braces, the success of the treatment is affected by how you care for your teeth and gums. It is of upmost importance to continue with excellent oral hygiene management to keep your teeth, gums and braces clean.

Before and after orthodontic treatment

Do I need orthodontic treatment?

Many people have crowded or crooked teeth. Our dentists Dr Tanja Hollfelder & Dr Vilia Palamountain can assess your teeth to see if you require treatment and then further discuss with you the best treatment options.

What age can treatment start?

It is a common myth thinking that orthodontic treatment is only during childhood and adolescence. Although the majority of our patients commence orthodontic treatment when they are young we are seeing an increasing number of adults choosing to have orthodontic treatment. You are never too old to correct a smile

How long does treatment take?

Treatment can vary greatly but it can take from 18 to 30 months to complete, depending on the degree of crowding and skeletal growth.

Adult treatment can take longer to complete as the facial bones have stopped growing. Good oral hygiene is very important and will help keep treatment time on track.

Treatment options

The most commonly used options are the traditional metal brackets as they are very effective in moving teeth. However, porcelain or clear braces are available yet not suitable for every case.

Some cases may require extraction of permanent teeth in order to provide enough space to correct the crowding.

It is important however to keep in mind that every patient is different and so is every treatment plan.


Commonly known as ‘invisible braces’ is available for adults and now, also for teenagers. Invisalign is a series of clear, removable aligners which gradually correct the rotations of the teeth.

See www.invisalign.com.au for further information.

Myobrace appliances

These appliances correct the teeth alignment by removing wrong myofunctional habits. Many children suck their thumb or breathe with their mouths open. These habits can cause crowding and open bites. We can correct these habits with the use of Myobrace appliances.

The appliances are available for juniors, teenagers and adults.

See www.myobrace.com for further information.

Contact us today to enquire about invisalign and more in Morphett Vale.