Orthodontic Braces in Melbourne
Our dentists have many years of experience in providing orthodontic services and straightening teeth. Technological advancements such as Inman Aligners and Invisalign – Clear Braces are suitable for less complex orthodontic treatments and are a popular choice over traditional fixed braces.
What braces are best for me?
At Station Square Dental, we will thoroughly access your overall oral health and explain the pros and cons of all orthodontic braces options. Once you are well informed, we can suggest what we believe is the best braces solution for your smile and lifestyle.
Read below for more information on the advantages and disadvantages between Inman Aligner, Invisalign and fixed metal braces.
Advantages of Inman Aligner
Inman Aligner is a great option for correcting front teeth crowding – such as 3-4mm crowding of the front 4 teeth.
• It’s quick – treatment can be as fast as 6 weeks but usually 6-20 weeks, depending on the complexity of your case
• Fully removable and easy to clean
• Cheap / Cost effective / Value for money
• Less expensive than fixed metal braces or Invisalign
• You only need one aligner for the whole treatment, which needs to be adjusted every two weeks
Disadvantages of Inman Aligner
• Slightly bulky, will produce a temporary lisp
• Limited in the movement it can perform – front to back direction only and limited twisting
• Best results are achieved when worn for the full 20-22 hours a day
Advantages of Invisalign – Clear Braces
Invisalign has proven successful in discreetly correcting minor misalignment right up to complex full orthodontic correction.
• Discreet, nearly invisible
• Removable and easy to clean
• Fast and effective
• Can correct a wide range of problems
Disadvantages of Invisalign
• More expensive than Inman Aligner
Why choose fixed metal braces?
Traditional fixed metal braces are still sometimes necessary to correct complex orthodontic issues.
Facts about fixed braces
• Used to correct complex orthodontic treatment where Inman Aligner or Invisalign are not suitable
• Uses visible brackets and wires. These can sometimes rub or dig into gums and cause ulcers
• Non-removable and can be difficult to clean
• More accurate in that every tooth can be fully individually controlled.
• More expensive than Inman Aligner but cheaper than Invisalign.
Ongoing treatment after braces
A retainer must be worn after any orthodontic treatment to keep your teeth straight and looking their best. These can either be removable, a fixed wire bonded or glued onto the back of the front 6 teeth, or a combination of both. Retention is for life. The longer you would like straight teeth, the longer you wear the retainer.
What is the cost of braces?
This is a common question as it is often one of the largest investments you will make on your teeth. During your initial consultation we will outline the costs of the various products and offer a range of payment options to make the treatment as affordable and as accessible as possible.