At South East Orthodontics, we offer a wide range of treatments that are suitable for all ages. We’re passionate about providing you with the highest standard of orthodontic care. Combining the latest technologies with years of professional experience to ensure we achieve the greatest possible outcomes for our patients.
A part of our philosophy is to listen carefully to your needs, and to provide you with a personalised treatment plan to ensure long-lasting dental health.
In order to understand our treatment methods and options, it is necessary to begin with understanding what Orthodontics is about.
What is orthodontics?
The treatment of irregularities in the teeth and jaws
What is a malocclusion?
A malocclusion is a misalignment of teeth or incorrect relation between the teeth of the two dental arches.
What are the skeletal classifications?
The position of the lower jaw in relation to the upper jaw is assessed and categorised by the orthodontist in order to advise the most suitable treatment options. The following are the categories:
- Class III skeletal relationship; the lower jaw is larger than the upper resulting in the presence of a prominent chin
- Class I skeletal relationship; the jaws are aligned in exact size and balanced facial profile between upper and lower face
- Class II skeletal relationship; the lower jaw is smaller than the top resulting in a shorter, lower facial profile
What are the dental classifications?
- Class One (Cl I) The top and bottom jaws are aligned with the lower sitting behind the upper, and the teeth matching this
- Class Two (Cl II) The bottom jaw is smaller than the top jaw, with the lower teeth sitting far behind the upper
- Class Three (Cl III) The bottom jaw is larger than the top jaw, which may result in an edge- edge bite or a reverse overjet with the lower teeth sitting infront of the upper teeth
Malocclusions can be the result of horizontal or vertical jaw discrepancies. Long faces may lead to open bite, while short faces can be coupled to a deep bite. Malocclusions can be secondary to transverse skeletal discrepancy or to a skeletal asymmetry.
However, there are many other more common causes for open bites (such as tongue thrusting and thumb sucking), and likewise for deep bites.
South East Orthodontics Melbourne
Our friendly staff are dedicated to ensuring your treatment is as comfortable as possible.
We provide consultation, prevention and treatment for a range of dental health disorders, whilst also correcting jaws and aligning teeth with a variety of orthodontic treatments.
Please visit our age-specific information pages to learn how easy we can make it for you to maintain superior dental health: