Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry focused on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems in alignment of the teeth and jaws. Many patients are not aware that adults, as well as children, can be treated by an Orthodontist. In fact, Penrith Smiles specialises in the treatment of adults, often in conjunction with both your dentist and other dental specialists.
An orthodontic problem is called a malocclusion, meaning ‘bad bite’. Some of the causes of malocclusion are crowded teeth, extra teeth, missing teeth or jaws that are out of alignment. Most malocclusions are inherited, although some can be acquired. Acquired malocclusions can be caused by accidents, early or late loss of baby teeth, or sucking of the thumb or fingers for a prolonged period of time.
Orthodontics is beneficial to both adults and children alike. Straight teeth can help an individual to effectively bite, chew and speak. Properly aligned teeth and jaws can help to prevent physical health problems occurring in the future as well as contributing to healthy teeth and gums now. Good orthodontics uses an advanced understanding of growth and development of the teeth and jaws, factoring in each patient’s individual needs. Just as each of our patients is unique, so is every mouth. Everyone grows at different rates and into different sizes and shapes. A good Orthodontist balances these principles to achieve the optimal result.
Our staff are knowledgeable, friendly, and warm, and we always do our best to explain procedures and treatment at each appointment. Our ultimate goal is to keep our patients informed and comfortable. Dr Jonathan Chi is always readily available to talk with patients and families throughout treatment and answer questions to make their orthodontic experience the best it can be.
Our goal is to create healthy, beautiful smiles for life. We use the latest 3M Unitek and Damon System direct bonded brackets as well as Incognito lingual braces and Invisalign Aligners to ensure your optimal treatment.
Our focus is on the patient. Each patient is an individual with individual orthodontic needs. We pride ourselves in providing personalized, top-quality treatment in a friendly and caring environment. Every patient that walks in the door deserves the best possible care.
Come in and get to know the team. We hope you’ll come in and see what we’re all about. We want to see you smile!