What does orthodontic treatment involve?

What does orthodontic treatment involve?

Before and after braces

First off is the ‘planning phase’, where your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth before recommending a course of treatment. This will typically involve x-rays, photographs of your face and teeth and the taking of an ‘impression’ of your teeth. This will enable your dentist to gain a clear understanding of the position your teeth, allow for a correct diagnosis and reveal the amount of correction needed.

Next, the dentist will make a casting or mold of your teeth from plaster, which is used as a blueprint for the brace.

To place the braces, your dentist will polish and dry your teeth, before applying a conditioner to the front surface for about 30 seconds. This prepares your teeth for bonding the brackets. The conditioner is then cleaned off, your teeth are dried again, and a special adhesive primer is put on the teeth.

Dental cement is placed on the back sides of the braces, which are then placed onto the teeth. The brackets are attached to each tooth, and excess dental cement is removed. Typically the cement is then hardened under a light beam.

The brackets each contain the ‘archwire’, which is threaded between the brackets and secured with metal or rubber bands.

Typically braces are left on for 12 months, however this can differ depending on your diagnosis. You will have a series of follow up visits where your braces will be adjusted in order to help move the teeth into the desired position. This is often called the ‘active phase’.

When the treatment is completed, you have reached the ‘retention phase’ where the braces are removed. You are usually given a removable retainer to hold the teeth in their new positions. Afterwards, patients are expected to attend once or twice a year for a checkup.

While braces can straighten your teeth and give you an appealing smile, they can greatly contribute to your overall health.

“These days, with good oral hygiene and regular dental care, teeth should last a lifetime,” concludes Dr Johnson.

Where to go

Sydney Dentist Clear Dental

You can visit one of our clinics in Sydney City, Bella Vista, Berowra Heights and Chatswood for a range of orthodontic treatments. You will receive NO GAP Braces consultation if you are with a private health fund.


101/127 York Street, Sydney (02) 9283 6220


113/10 Norbrik Drive, Bella Vista (02) 9456 6192


14/1C Turner Road, Berowra Heights (02) 9456 0013


3/12 Thomas Street, Chatswood (02) 9411 5663

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