We specialise in personalised orthodontic care
At Toowong Orthodontics, the main reason people enquire about treatment is because they want to improve their smile. We treat all kind of cases including:
Overly Crowded teeth
Overcrowding occurs when there is not enough room in the jaw for all the teeth to fit normally. We see many teenagers for overcrowding or rotated teeth. It’s not unusual for adult patients who had braces when they were younger but haven’t worn their retainer to come for treatment to fix minor crowding and rotations that have been caused by aging changes. Dr Goodyear is very mindful to take into account the whole face and profile of the patient when treating overcrowding.
Gaps between teeth can be the result of missing teeth, unerupted adult teeth, genetically smaller sized teeth than average, or simply a larger than average size jaw. Treatment may aim at closing all spacing or ensuring an optimal set-up for a crown or build-up. We work closely with General Dentists, and other Dental Specialists when a patient is planning veneers, crowns and implants, or bridges to replace missing or extracted teeth.
When the top teeth close down over the bottom teeth so as to make the lower teeth barely visible when smiling is called an overbite. This kind of bite is not ideal and can cause wear on tooth enamel making it susceptible to tooth decay.
When the top teeth sit inside the lower teeth from the front then this is called an underbite. This can be commonly caused by a discrepancy in the growth rate of the upper and lower jaws. We can treat this in children very well when they are young and still growing. In adults this condition will often require surgical intervention in conjunction with the orthodontic treatment.
This type of bite is recognised by the upper teeth biting inside the lower teeth on both sides, one side, or maybe just one tooth is in crossbite. This condition, like the underbite, is treated relatively easily in children and young adults. If the crossbite occurs on both left and right sides of the mouth and is considered severe then surgical intervention in conjunction with the orthodontic treatment may be necessary for adult patients.
An openbite becomes obvious when someone smiles. The top and bottom teeth are apart at the front although they touch at the back in an openbite situation. Openbites can be treated easily in both children and adult patients. Invisalign is particularly useful in treating these types of cases.
When jaw growth does not occur in an ideal way the result can be an unbalanced (either excessive or deficient) facial profile or miscorrelation of the upper and lower jaws. Conditions arising from abnormal growth of the jaws can often be intercepted in children so that the condition is prevented from worsening or is corrected entirely. If teeth also need aligning later on, then treatment will often be quicker and easier for the patient and at a reduced cost. Dr Goodyear uses expanders, plates and forward-pull headgear to manage growth irregularities in children. Adults with growth irregularities can also be treated with orthodontics however, as there is no growth left to harness and bones are not as supple as children’s, adults generally require surgical intervention in conjunction with their orthodontic treatment. Dr Goodyear works closely with a number of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in Brisbane and has herself spent a year on the Oral and Maxillofacial surgical rotation in London.
Snoring & Sleep Apnoea
Toowong Orthodontics works with Specialist Sleep Physicians to help patients who have been diagnosed with Sleep Apnoea. The SomnoDent is designed to aid patients with mild to moderate sleep apnoea and who are unable to use or don’t require the use of a C-PAP machine. The SomnoDent is a Mandibular Advancement Split that is designed to prevent the lower jaw from falling back and down during sleep, thereby keeping the airway open and preventing snoring. At the initial consultation Dr Goodyear will assess patients to ensure that the device is suitable and then take measurements and impressions to have the device manufactured. There is usually a three weeks turn around for the manufacture of the device. We then fit the appliance in our clinic and show our patients how to use it. The device may be claimable under private health if the patient has been diagnosed with sleep apnoea by a Sleep Physician. This device is also suitable for a patient who doesn’t experience sleep apnoea and would simply like to eliminate the sound of snoring.