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Unlock Your Best Smile – Beautiful Straight Teeth

Today is the day to transform your smile! It’s time to invest in the straight smile that you’ve always wanted. If your teeth are moderately or severely crooked, don’t put it off any longer. Get the straight, confident smile you deserve. Schedule a consultation with Dr Mark Mann (Dentist) so we can determine if braces are right for you.

Our goal at Total Dental Care is to give you a beautiful, healthy and confident smile.

What Are Orthodontic Braces & How Does It Work?

Braces straighten the teeth over time, with application of constant, gentle pressure. Each tooth will be fitted with a bracket which holds a wire in place. The tension on the wire is regularly adjusted during your check-up appointments. The braces move your teeth into the correct position creating the beautiful smile you deserve.

Young woman wearing traditional braces

  • The entire process starts with X-rays and digital scans to help create your treatment plan.
  • Brackets are fitted to each tooth and small plastic bands, ‘separators’, will be placed in between your molar teeth to make room for the bands to go around the molars.
  • After 1 or 2 weeks we will take out the separators and put the bands around the molars, and the brackets and wires are put in place.
  • Approximately every 4-to-8 weeks, patients have an adjustment appointment. During adjustments the bands and wires are changed, tightened and sometimes elastics added. After an adjustment you may feel a little discomfort for 24 hours, which is normal.
  • When your teeth are perfect and straight, you will have an appointment called “de-band”. That’s where we take your braces off. Your teeth are cleaned and polished to remove any remaining cement. The next phase (Retention) of treatment starts and the patient is provided with retainers. Retainers may be fixed or removable.
  • Once your braces are removed, your treatment is not over. Your teeth need to be held in position while the surrounding gum and bone settles around the new position of your teeth. Follow-up appointments are required to check that retainers are fitting properly.

How Long Does Orthodontic Braces Teeth Straightening Take?

Your teeth are set into your jaw bone, so we can’t magically straighten them in one appointment. It’s gentle pressure, applied gradually over time that gets them into the correct alignment without causing damage.

Teeth-straightening treatment times can vary significantly between patients. It depends if your teeth are moderately or severely crooked. Adults often take longer than teenagers, because their teeth are more set. Everyone is different, and each patient’s teeth can respond uniquely to treatment.

Total treatment time averages 12-24 months. We will be able to give you an estimate based on your case.

Looking After Your Braces

Taking care of your teeth and gums becomes extra important when you wear braces. You will be able to eat most of your favourite foods, but you’ll need to be careful not to damage your braces. Here are some examples of foods that should be cut out of your diet whilst you have braces:

  • Nuts
  • Thin hard crust pizza
  • Hard biscuits or crackers
  • Sticky lollies like Minties, Starbursts and toffee.
  • Corn on the cob must be cut off before eating.
  • Chewy sweets, like Mars Bars or Starbursts, for example.
  • Hard foods, like crusty bread and apples.

Brushing your teeth regularly (ideally after every snack and meal) is important. Braces have countless tiny spaces to trap food, and this trapped food causes plaque, which can lead to many other dental problems. Also think twice before opening bottles with your teeth, biting pen tops or chewing your finger nails as these can also damage your braces.

Want to Learn More?

No referral is required. Simply make an appointment. We’d love the opportunity to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Contact us today to book your first appointment and get started. We look forward to seeing you soon.


* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Orthodontics Maroubra NSW | (02) 9344 4433