Early diagnosis and treatment planning may help guide tooth eruption and facial growth, and prevent more serious problems in the future.
By reducing the problems during the early stages of your child’s dental development, later orthodontic treatment is often less complex
Well-positioned teeth and gums are easier to clean and look after
Correction of the bite can improve chewing and speech. Reduces future wear of the teeth and the stress on the supporting bone and jaw joints
Well functioning teeth can also improve a person’s self-image
Lastly, you have a smile that you’re proud to show off!
Research shows that the mouth and face are focal points of communication and social interaction.
An attractive facial appearance and smile can improve the quality of life.
Your Specialist Orthodontist considers all factors of facial and dental appearance in planning individual treatment requirements
Most of the development of the face and mouth occurs during the growth spurt at puberty.
For patients with certain jaw growth imbalances, treatment during this period may favourably influence the facial profile in a growing child.
In jaws where the growth has ceased, treatment with braces is more limited. Sometimes surgery may be necessary to correct more severe jaw size discrepancies.
Crowding and overlapped teeth are often the tip of the iceberg.
Many orthodontic problems are complex involving the growth patterns of facial bones and soft tissue facial profiles, bite problems as well as malaligned teeth.
Treatment of such problems requires the care of an Orthodontist with in-depth, 3 years full-time additional University level specialist training.
Both Prof. Tan and Dr. Katie Xu are registered specialist orthodontist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. They are both full members of the Australian Society of Orthodontics, and certified members of the Australian Orthodontic Board.
Every orthodontic problem is different.
In general, full comprehensive treatment is approximately 18-24months. Treatment involving more severe skeletal mismatches can take longer.
We offer short term orthodontic treatment for those just wanting to tidy up the front teeth or wish to address orthodontic relapse.