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WHAT IS AN ORTHODONTIST?

An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed a Dental degree followed by a further three year specialist degree in Orthodontics.

Orthodontists don’t just fix crooked teeth, but they are also the experts in correcting misaligned jaws and bite problems. Because of their extensive knowledge of growth and development, they can provide treatment at the best time to suit each individual. Managing the teeth, within the framework of the face and the overall smile aesthetics is their speciality.

BENEFITS OF ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT

A beautiful smile can increase overall confidence and self-esteem. Orthodontic treatment can also make it easier to clean your teeth and gums and reduce the chances of other oral problems. In some cases, (protruded teeth), orthodontic treatment can also reduce the chances of trauma and improve chewing or speech difficulties.

Orthodontic treatment doesn’t always mean you need to have teeth taken out. Often using a wide range of state of the art mechanisms, it is possible to create the smile you have always wanted without too much discomfort.

IF MY CHILD OR I NEED TREATMENT WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE?

Orthodontics has come a long way in the last few decades and we are able to provide conventional fixed orthodontic appliances(metal) as well as clear options(ceramic) and sequential clear aligners (Invisalign). In some cases, lingual braces(behind the teeth) is also available.

At the initial consultation, a specialist orthodontist will assess your need for braces and help you decide on the best option for you. Then the braces or other appliances will be fitted. Regular adjustments means that you can get the smile you want quicker and easier than ever. Once you get your braces removed, retainers will be issued so that you can keep your new teeth straight.

WHEN SHOULD MY CHILD FIRST SEE AN ORTHODONTIST?

Not all children will benefit from early orthodontic treatment. However, in some cases early treatment can reduce the need for complex treatment later on. It is recommeneded that all children see an orthodontist between ages 7-8 for an assessment. At this stage, we will be able to do a complete assessment and provde information on the best timing for any proposed treatment.

Below is a list of some of the common problems that would benefit from early orthodontic treatment:

  • Crossbite-of-Front-Teeth

    Crossbite of Front Teeth

    Top teeth are behind bottom teeth
  • Crossbite-of-Back-Teeth

    Crossbite of Back Teeth

    Top teeth are inside bottom teeth
  • Gingival-Recession

    Gingival Recession

    Gums pulling away from tooth
  • Impacted-permanent-tooth

    Impacted permanent tooth

    Adult tooth not coming through
  • Openbite

    Openbite

    Top teeth and bottom teeth do not touch
  • Underbite

    Underbite

    Top teeth are behind bottom teeth

A check with your orthodontist may be of benefit if you notice any of the following:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Jaw joints that click or make sounds
  • Speech difficulties
  • Biting cheeks or the roof of the mouth

Dr Ravi Theja Kamisetty, specialist Orthodontist, has a special interest in early treatment.

Dr Ravi Theja Kamisetty (Orthodontist)

BDS, BScDent(Hons), DClinDent

Dr Ravi Theja Kamisetty originally completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Adelaide. Additionally, he completed a Bachelor of Sciences in Dentistry degree with Honours in the topic of periodontal disease while working full time as a general dentist in both city and rural practices. He also has experience volunteering in rural villages in India and teaching undergraduate dental students.

His love of learning and passion for orthodontics led him back to the University of Adelaide to study a Post Graduate, 3-year full time Doctor of Clinical Dentistry program in Orthodontics. During this time, his research into the effects of surgery in Cleft Lip and Palate patients was recognized as the best presentation at the Australian Begg Society of Orthodontics.

Dr Ravi is certified by the Australian Orthodontic Board and holds professional memberships with the Australian Society of Orthodontists, the Australian Dental Association, the World Federation of Orthodontists, the American Association of Orthodontics, and the European Orthodontic Society. He is also a Member of the prestigious Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Outside of orthodontics, Dr Ravi enjoys bike riding, squash and a night out at the movies.