Welcome to Braceless Choice.
At Braceless Choice we help children and adults breathe freely and naturally without any obstructions.
We help children achieve their full potential through developing a beautiful healthy smile and a well-balanced facial profile, using early interceptive dental treatments as an alternative to braces and tooth extractions. Our early intervention orthodontic treatments can prevent long-term health problems, and improve a child’s overall self-esteem and self-confidence.
For adults, we provide a safe, effective treatment for sleep apnoea and snoring, allowing our patients to improve their quality of sleep and overall health and wellbeing.
*COVID-19 Update: 17 July 2020
The Victorian Government has announced that Victoria will move back to Level 3 COVID-19 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions from 8 July 2020 until 19 August 2020. Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton on 14 July, advised public dental services in metropolitan Melbourne to operate at least a minimum of a modified Level 2 dental restrictions. The ADA Infection Control Committee supports this recommendation given we are experiencing a period of heightened risk and the situation is fast moving. The dental profession has a key role to play in helping the community to manage this pandemic and an obligation to safeguard the health and wellbeing of both patients and staff.
Given this unfolding situation and escalation of the COVID pandemic, Braceless Choice has decided to postpone all face to face appointments from Friday 17 July, 2020 until Wednesday 19 August, 2020 or as otherwise advised by the Victorian Government. This decision will limit community transmission and the spread of infection to keep everyone safe.
Braceless Choice has not made this decision lightly, however in the face of this public health crisis, the health and safety of each one of us during these unprecedented times is paramount. We still remain committed to providing the best possible care and continued support for your child’s dental treatment.
We will offer to our existing patients Zoom meetings or phone calls (available only by appointment). Please note: If you have an existing appointment this will not automatically become a Zoom meeting. All Zoom meetings require a new appointment to be made.
We also will be delivering Buteyko sessions and Pre-OMT exercises via Zoom (see more information in COVID19 Tab). The office will be operating virtually on selected days and times until 19 August 2020. Please contact us via email or by calling (03)9870 1659.
We believe that every child has the potential to grow straight teeth. Crooked teeth are a symptom, not the cause of the problem.
Our goal is to avoid the unnecessary extractions of permanent teeth, avoid surgery if possible and correct oral muscle function. In doing so, this protects the facial profile and airways, as well as giving children the self-confidence that comes with a beautiful, healthy smile.
We like to offer patients and their parents a choice to start early and have braceless option to treat crooked teeth. The best results are achieved when small problems are managed before they become bigger issues. Hence our early interceptive dental treatment can start as early as the child is ready for it (around 5 years old).
We treat our little patients as if they were our own children, only applying treatment methods which we would use for our own kids.
Problems to watch out for in growing children:
- Crooked teeth, malocclusion (“bad bites”)
- Grinding or clenching of teeth
- Mouth breathing
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Speech problems
- Sleep problems (OSA) or snoring
- Nocturnal bed-wetting
- Chronic ear problems, repeating ear infections
We focus on identifying the cause of your child’s problem, not only signs and symptoms, and then addressing it with the most appropriate treatment.
Your child’s treatments may include:
- Early intervention orthodontic treatment
- Functional jaw orthopaedics using removal appliances (plates)
- Myofunctional therapy
- Breathing re-training using Buteyko technique
- Osteopathic treatments
By treating faces rather than just teeth at an early age, while they still have years of growth ahead of them, we can avoid complications of braces and extractions in their later years. We can also avoid other health issues associated with restricted airways that may progressively worsen over time. Together we can give your child a great start in life.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is incredibly common among older adults, with prevalence estimated to be up to 50% depending on age and gender.
This condition, where you stop breathing during sleep, prevents the flow of oxygen to the brain for some periods of time, thereby affecting your quality of sleep.
Often, sleep apnoea is either not recognised or simply diagnosed as ‘mild’ and therefore not worth treating. However sleep apnoea can have major effects on your long-term health. Treating mild sleep apnoea with an oral appliance is safe and effective, and can prevent sleep apnoea in adults from becoming more severe.
Snoring occurs when there is obstruction to the air flow in the airways. But not everyone with OSA snores. There has to be some air movement to snore.
Problems to watch out for in adults:
- Episodes of gasping, snorting or choking during sleep
- Disturbed or restless sleep (OSA sometimes causes insomnia)
- Excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue or lethargy
- Morning headaches
- Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
- Irritability, depression, anxiety, mood and behaviour changes
- Increased frequency of urination during the night
- Rapid weight gain or difficulty in losing weight
While it is usually too late to permanently fix any underlying causes of airway restrictions without surgery, Braceless Choice can help treat OSA using methods that are effective and less obstructive than the more commonly prescribed treatment for sleep apnoea, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy.
Your treatment may include:
- Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) upper and lower plates to keep lower jaw forward during the sleep
- Myofunctional therapy – to strengthen muscles around upper airways and establish correct tongue posture for opening airways.
- Breathing re-training using Buteyko technique – to breathe through the nose, keeping the mouth closed.
There is very good evidence that managing upper airway obstruction has a favourable outcome for adults. Treating even the mildest cases of OSA will greatly improve your quality of sleep, which in turn reduces daytime sleepiness, increases energy levels, productivity and mental well-being. It can also prevent long-term, adverse effects on your heart, metabolism and overall health. It may just help you live longer!
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