About Orthodontics


Malocclusions (“bad bites”) like those illustrated below may benefit from early diagnosis and assessment by an orthodontist.

Cross-bite of front teeth

Cross-bite of front teeth

Cross-bite of back teeth

Cross-bite of back teeth



Deep bite

Deep bite







Thumb sucking

Thumb sucking

If you notice any of the following in your child, make an appointment at Braces 4U:

  • early or late loss of baby teeth
  • difficulty in chewing or biting
  • mouth breathing
  • jaws that shift or make sounds
  • speech difficulties
  • biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
  • facial imbalance
  • grinding or clenching of the teeth

Final treatment decisions should be made between parents, your child’s dentist and your orthodontist.


Call us on 4840 2832 for an initial consultation and we will determine the best time for treatment, outlining the treatment plan, the treatment duration and the approximate cost for the treatment.

What do braces do?

To correct a bite or irregular teeth, we use Braces. They have three basic components: brackets, bonding (or bands), and an arch wire. The brackets are fixed to the teeth with the bonding. The arch wire is run through the brackets and is held in place with small rubber bands or colours.

The brackets and arch wire work together to move the teeth into new positions that will correct your bite, straighten your teeth, correct gaps, etc. The arch wire puts pressure on the brackets with distribute the pressure to the entire tooth, and the orthodontist uses the arch wire to dictate how the teeth are moved into their new positions. This movement needs to be done slowly otherwise you risk losing your teeth. This is why braces are commonly worn for two to two and a half years and adjustments are only made every four to six weeks.

The reason this works is because the arch wires  want to keep their original shape and will exert a great deal of force to return to their original arch shape. The materials used to make the arch wire increase their stiffness when exposed to your body heat. It is the combination of your body heat and the desire of the arch wire to keep its shape that provide the wire with enough strength to pressure your teeth to move.

Braces alone, however, are not always able to do the work by themselves. Sometimes you will have to wear also rubber bands to manipulate the pressure to pull the teeth in the correct direction.

Another part of the braces process is the Retainer, which needs to be worn after your braces are removed, to hold the teeth in their fixed positions.

Why Should I Get Braces?

A beautiful smile is not only beneficial for your personal appearance, but is also beneficial for your personal health.

Straight and evenly spaced teeth are easier to clean, which leads to better oral hygiene. Crooked and crowded teeth can be hard to clean thoroughly. Inability to access areas where teeth are crowded can contribute to gum disease, tooth decay and eventually loss.

Additionally, straight teeth and proper bite function allows people to chew food better, which could help with digestion.

Ensuring proper bite function and tooth alignment may reduce stress and strain on your supporting bone and tissue and therefore reduce headaches. What may be minor orthodontic issues now may worsen, contributing to the wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing, inefficient brushing and misalignment of jaw joints.

If you have one or more of the following problems, you may need braces.

Crowding of the Teeth
Too many teeth in too little a space

Missing Teeth / Gaps
Too few teeth in a space leaving gaps between the teeth

Open bite
Front teeth do not touch. A malocclusion in which the teeth do not close or come together in the front of your mouth.

Under bite
Lower front teeth inside of upper teeth. A malocclusion where some of your upper teeth close down behind your lower teeth when you bite down.

Front teeth protrude. A vertical overlapping of the upper teeth over the lower teeth.

Deep Overbite
Upper front teeth bite into the palate. A malocclusion where the upper teeth cover the lower teeth entirely or almost entirely when biting down.

Best time to begin orthodontics

Braces 4U can enhance a smile at any age but there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment during this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends that an initial orthodontic evaluation occurs at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

Benefits of early orthodontic evaluation.
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Age 7 is considered the optimal time for screening.
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, Dr Rodriguez can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.

Advantages of interceptive treatment.
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for expected teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces

Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile. Orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.

Why should malocclusions be treated?
According to studies by the Australian Society of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Cross bites can result in unfavourable growth and uneven tooth wear. Open bites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make the perfect smile, it creates a healthier you.


Call us on 4840 2832  for an initial consultation and we will determine the best time for treatment, outlining the treatment plan, the treatment duration and the approximate cost for the treatment.

Orthodontics FAQ’s

  1. What is Orthodontics?
  2. What is an Orthodontist?
  3. My family dentist says he/she can straighten my teeth.
  4. Do I need a referral?
  5. When is the best time to start orthodontic treatment?
  6. Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?
  7. How does orthodontic treatment work?
  8. Do braces hurt?
  9. Are lingual braces more uncomfortable?
  10. Do teeth need to be removed?
  11. How often do I get my braces adjusted?
  12. Are there foods that I cannot eat while wearing braces?
  13. Can I schedule all of my appointment after school?
  14. How long will I need to wear braces?
  15. What is retention? How long do I need to wear retainers?
  16. Do I need to see my family dentist while I have braces?
  17. Can I still play sports?
  18. How often should I brush my teeth while wearing braces?
  19. How much will treatment cost? Are financing options available?


Call us on 4840 2832 for an initial consultation and we will determine the best time for treatment, outlining the treatment plan, the treatment duration and the approximate cost for the treatment.



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