How Do
Dental Braces Work?

Orthodontists use dental braces, which are wire-based appliances, to straighten crowded and misaligned teeth or jaws. Braces are the most popular option for teens, but they are also helpful for adults. Dental braces are used for cosmetic and functional purposes, correcting patients’ teeth while also realigning their jaw.


When wearing braces, pressure is applied to each tooth with the help of an elastic ligature. The pulling and pressure forces allow each tooth to shift to the desired position. They are tightened during successive dental appointments to prevent relapse and ensure the teeth are moving to achieve the correct position and an even bite.

What Orthodontic Issues can
Traditional Braces Fix?

Braces can correct a wide range of orthodontic problems, from gap or crooked teeth to misaligned bites. The duration of your treatment will be determined by the severity of your orthodontic issues as well as the results you plan of achieving. Regardless of the length of your treatment or your smile goals, you need to take special care of your braces to keep your oral health at its optimum.

Common orthodontic problems that braces can fix may include the following:

Why Choose Ashburton Dental Centre for
Dental Braces

Ashburton Dental Centre

Ashburton Dental Centre aims to provide quality oral care to all patients. With years of experience and knowledge, we can provide you with excellent service for your braces treatment with a wide range of options and at a reasonable price.

Our oral health professionals plan customized treatments and utilize advanced technology to ensure the safety and effectiveness of each procedure. Our clinic provides unique treatment plans to help you achieve straight teeth and a beautiful smile!

FAQ's About Dental Braces in Gosnells

The total cost of getting dental braces may vary depending on the location of the dental clinic, type of braces, and the overall assessment of your case. According to the Australian Dental Association survey, the average cost of traditional braces in Western Australia is between $4,500 to $8,000. Lingual braces start at about $7,500 for a single arch and go up to $12,500 for a full treatment. Clear braces typically cost between $2,000 and $9,000, depending on the type of aligners used and your specific case.

To get an actual cost, you can inquire at our clinic to get an assessment and our team can give you an expected total expense. In addition, we offer affordable payment plans to all patients.

You could be a suitable candidate for braces if you have healthy teeth and want to correct bite problems, crooked teeth, and other orthodontic issues.

Braces are most commonly recommended to young patients between the ages of 10 and 14. By this age, all permanent teeth have emerged, although the jaw has not yet fully developed. This allows complex issues to be resolved using headgear, palate expanders, or space maintainers.

Adults and older teenagers might also benefit from braces. However, because the jaw fully grows by the age of 16 to 20, they are usually ineligible for additional devices such as headgear. For adults, clear aligners (a removable and discreet alternative to braces) are frequently the better option.

There are alternatives to braces available depending on your orthodontic issue. For instance, dental bonding may be a better option than braces if you want to fix a small gap between your front teeth. Other options may include:

  • Clear aligners or Invisalign (in-office aligners or at-home aligners)
  • Lingual braces
  • Retainers

You can discuss your alternative treatments with your dentist.

You may not feel pain during the installation of your braces. However, after a few days of initial placement, you’ll experience discomfort, which may require you to change your diet because hard and chewy foods can cause more pain as they are more difficult to chew. The discomfort is especially present following adjustment of the braces.

Braces can cause dull throbbing, gum or teeth soreness. To relieve pain after braces are placed, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

Before braces are placed, extensive orthodontic consultation is required. Depending on the individual’s needs, the orthodontist will propose the appropriate treatment plan for you.

  • First appointment

During the first appointment with an orthodontist, your dental radiograph is taken through an x-ray, and unique moulds are prepared to get a positive replica of your teeth.

  • Placement of the braces

The bonding session may take roughly two hours. The orthodontist cleans and dries the patient’s teeth before applying braces with a particular adhesive, drying the adhesive using a curing light and securing the bond. Finally, the orthodontist runs the archwire through the brackets and attaches the ligature to keep everything in place.

  • Follow-up appointments

The first follow-up appointment is typically four to eight weeks after placement. The orthodontist changes the elastics and archwires regularly to ensure that the teeth move in the correct direction. Until the braces are removed, you will have to routinely visit your orthodontist every four to eight weeks. Braces are typically worn for eighteen months to three years, depending on your case.

While wearing braces, giving importance to oral hygiene routines is critical in achieving the desired results. After each meal, meticulous flossing and brushing are advised. This prevents food, debris, and bacteria from lodging between the brackets and causing more dental issues that may complicate orthodontic treatment.

Dental braces are generally very safe to wear. But some risks still exist.

Braces create small spaces around your teeth, which can trap food particles and increase the growth of bacteria-filled plaque formation. Failure to extract food and plaque buildup can result in:

  • Mineral loss on the outer tooth enamel surface of your teeth can cause permanent white stains.

Long-term risks:

  • Root lengths are shorter. Some of the bone in the course of the moving tooth dissolves during movement, while new bone is laid behind it. During this process, permanent erosion of tooth root length may occur, resulting in less stable teeth. In most circumstances, though, this is not a problem.

Loss or changes in the correction. Suppose you do not properly follow your orthodontist’s recommendations after removing your braces, especially when using a device known as a retainer. In that case, you may lose some of the corrections achieved while wearing your braces.

In some states, children must have dental insurance to wear braces. But, insurance may only fund a part of the costs for adults.

Dental insurance does not take into account whether the reason for braces is cosmetic or not. If the plan includes orthodontic benefits, most insurance companies will cover treatment. A plan without orthodontic benefits will not cover treatment.

Braces typically take about twenty-four months to complete. Some patients require treatment in less than a year, while others need treatment for up to three years or more before their teeth reach the optimal position.

Although advanced technology has made braces stronger, it is still essential to avoid damaging them. Certain foods can damage brace components such as rubber bands, wires, and even the bracket itself. In general, avoid all sticky, hard, or chewy foods. Soft foods are best for people who wear braces since they are softer on the braces’ hardware.

Ideal foods for people wearing braces may include the following:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Oatmeal
  • Yogurt
  • Pasta
  • Soups
  • Grains
  • Seafood
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Soft fruits
  • Cheeses
  • Cooked or soft vegetables
  • hulless popcorn 
  • Jelly

A balanced, nutritious diet is essential for both oral and overall health. Because a balanced diet gives essential nutrients to bones and tissues experiencing substantial change throughout braces treatment, the healthier your body is, the better the results of your orthodontic treatment. The following are the list of foods that may damage your braces, and it is important to limit and avoid biting hard foods with your front teeth.

  • Nuts 
  • Sticky and hard candy 
  • Gum 
  • Ice
  • Popcorn
  • Sticky or hard chocolate 
  • Pretzels 
  • Hard cookies or crackers
  • Corn chips

Your dentist or orthodontist may have advised tightening if you have braces or are about to get them. Traditional brackets and wire braces must be adjusted or tightened regularly.

Orthodontists will usually schedule a checkup every four to six weeks. That is the average amount of time that patients must wait for an adjustment. It may, however, take more or less time. There are some indicators that an adjustment is required.

The severity of the case, the patient’s age, the development of the dentition and face, teeth and periodontal health, and other factors may all play a factor in determining when your braces need to adjust. Your orthodontist will advise you when your braces need to be adjusted.

Traditionally, dental braces treatment begins when a child has lost the majority of their baby (primary) teeth, and most adult (permanent) teeth have grown in – typically between the ages of 8 and 14.

During adolescence, the dental structure is still not fixed. Thus, all teenagers are encouraged to visit our orthodontic experts. A teenager may be well suited for orthodontic treatment during this period since all the adult teeth have erupted and facial growth is occurring making them more receptive to changes.

For adults, having orthodontic treatment is never too late! Consult with orthodontics to determine if you are a suitable candidate for getting braces.

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