At Fine Orthodontics, we offer a range of orthodontic treatment using a wide variety of orthodontic appliances. With a world-class lab on site in our Bondi Junction office, as well as extensive experience with partnered appliance manufacturers like Invisalign® and Spark®, we have many options available, allowing us to deliver orthodontic treatment tailored to suit the unique needs of you and your family.
For appliances created on-site, all aspects of appliance fabrication are designed and closely supervised by Dr Fine. For appliances like Invisalign or Spark clear aligners, Dr Fine will design your aligners using digital software. These appliances are only manufactured once Dr Fine has approved the proposed aligner sequence, and carefully reviewed the predicted outcome. After your aligners are fitted, you’ll receive ongoing specialist orthodontist supervision and adjustments as needed to achieve your new smile.
No matter what treatment type you choose, at Fine Orthodontics, you can be sure that expert attention will be provided at all stages of your treatment journey.
Orthodontic appliances offered at Fine Orthodontics
The best way to find out if an orthodontic appliance is right for you or your child is to come along and visit us for an initial consultation. In some cases, you might have more than one option that could work well for you, so a consultation is a great opportunity to discuss and view different types of orthodontic appliances, and to see how they’ll fit into your lifestyle.
At Fine Orthodontics, we have done away with the cold gooey mouth moulds and metal impression trays you may remember from your childhood. We now use the latest 3D digital scanning and 3D printing technology to ensure greater accuracy, and to make your treatment as comfortable as possible.
If needed, some of the orthodontic appliances commonly used for both adults and children at Fine Orthodontics are:
Known to many as ‘invisible braces’, orthodontic aligners, such as Invisalign, Spark and FineLine are clear orthodontic appliances designed to be almost imperceptible. They fit snugly over your teeth, applying consistent pressure to move them into the desired position. They are usually needed in both jaws, with a series of aligners provided for both upper and lower teeth. For optimal results, these should be worn for approximately 22 hours daily.
FineLine is an innovative clear aligner system created by Dr. Fine as a result of his years of experience in orthodontics and his interest in dental materials and digital science and technology. It is a great option in many cases, and it has some unique features relating to the fact it is made here, in our on-site lab.
Key benefits include a fast turnaround - this means there is no waiting for shipments. If you’re eager to get your treatment underway, in some cases we can get you started in just 24 hours! Plus, the aligners can be made on demand as you go, so you won’t need to make a large upfront payment to get started.
Other Clear Aligner Systems - Spark and Invisalign
In addition to FineLine, Fine Orthodontics offers other types of clear aligners provided by our partnered labs, such as Invisalign and Spark. To help you to work out what might suit you best, we can show you samples in the office of orthodontic appliances that could potentially meet your needs, and discuss the pros and cons as they relate to your specific case.
We’ll look at aesthetics, function and also take into consideration your lifestyle to help you choose the best orthodontic appliance for your needs.
Fine Orthodontics also offers traditional fixed braces. This orthodontic appliance is a system of brackets and wires. The brackets are glued to both upper and lower teeth using a special dental glue, The braces are easily removed from the teeth at the end of treatment with a special tool. Dr Fine carefully positions the brackets and adjusts the wires as needed to move your teeth into their intended positions.
At Fine Orthodontics, we use modern, self-closing high-tech braces brackets available in both metal and clear. We also make use of ‘SureSmile’ wire bending technology. Suresmile allows us to pre-plan some of the braces movements using 3D scanning and digitised wire-bending technology.
Retainers are essential to maintain your beautiful smile at the completion of your active orthodontic treatment. Retainers come in a variety of forms, however at Fine Orthodontics they usually look similar to a clear aligner. Retainers are ‘passive’ orthodontic appliances, designed to hold your teeth in place.
Your retainer fitting appointment is a great time to reflect on your transformation, to browse your before and after photos, and to celebrate your results!
Customised Orthodontic Appliances for Growing Children
We know that the thought of getting a new orthodontic appliance can be exciting, but also possibly a little bit daunting! We find that our young patients usually respond very well to our relaxed atmosphere, and we’ll make sure that your child has plenty of opportunity to understand why an appliance may be needed, and to get up close and personal with sample orthodontic appliances. We’ll also make sure there is plenty of time allocated to explain the next steps, and for both you and your child to ask questions.
Cantilever Bite Jumper
A Cantilever Bite Jumper (also known as a CBJ, or Herbst appliance) is a highly-efficient functional appliance that can make substantial bite corrections, often beyond that which can ordinarily be achieved with braces or clear aligners alone.
CBJs are commonly used to address the bite issue known as a ‘Class II bite’. This bite problem is known as a ‘horizontal overbite’ and is often (although not always!) seen in combination with a recessive lower jaw, and upper teeth that stick out, also known as ‘buck teeth’.
A Cantilever Bite Jumper can be used during periods of rapid growth to help ensure that your child gets the best outcome possible, providing both functional and aesthetic benefits. By bringing the upper and lower teeth and jaws into better alignment with each other, a CBJ can improve overall facial harmony and balance.
Whilst the Cantilever Bite Jumper can make substantial movements, it is not able to make minor movements on a single-tooth scale. For this reason, we may recommend that your child have braces or clear aligners at a later stage to correct any other issues (including crowding and spacing) and to refine the larger-scale bite correction provided by the Cantilever Bite Jumper appliance.
Whilst the CBJ (discussed above) deals mostly with a horizontal bite problem, expanders are most commonly used to address transverse (or ‘sideways’) bite problems. One example is a crossbite, where the upper teeth are biting inside the lower teeth.
Also known as ‘Rapid Palatal Expanders’, the primary role of an expander is to gently and gradually widen a growing child's upper jaw to ensure that it aligns correctly with the lower one.
Jaw expansion is generally easiest in childhood, when the bones of the upper jaw are still in two separate pieces. The upper jaw naturally begins to fuse around the time of adolescence, meaning that true upper jaw expansion can only be considered at a later stage if an accompanying surgical procedure is also undertaken.
If needed, expansion in growing children can pave the way for a wider, often more symmetrical smile. It can also ensure that the crossbite will be corrected in a stable manner that reduces tooth wear over the longer term.
Removable Orthodontic Plate
Orthodontic plates can be passive (e.g. ‘retainers’). Passive retainers are most commonly used to hold your teeth straight after orthodontic treatment such as braces or aligners.
Active orthodontic plates, on the other hand, are removable orthodontic appliances designed to put pressure on certain teeth in order to make changes to tooth alignment. Not to be confused with clear aligners, orthodontic plates are usually made of coloured acrylic and metal wire, clasps or springs, and are usually used to make changes to a limited number of teeth.
Orthodontic plates are designed to be taken out and cleaned, but for optimal results, they should be worn consistently.
An orthodontic plate may be a treatment option if your growing child has accident-prone, or protruding front teeth (also known as ‘buck teeth’). They may also be considered where a growing child has a traumatic bite, such as a ‘reverse’ or ‘edge-to-edge’ bite where the front teeth are knocking each other. In cases such as these, an orthodontic plate can help to move your child’s teeth into a more aesthetically pleasing, safer position.
At Fine Orthodontics, we make orthodontic plates by hand within our on-site lab under Dr Fine’s close supervision. In most cases, your child can personalise their plate, choosing their favourite colour, or adding sparkles, a small picture, or shiny stars to the acrylic portion of their plate.
An orthodontic ‘holding arch’ is a fixed orthodontic appliance that is most commonly used to maintain space in the mouth for permanent teeth that have yet to emerge. This treatment may be recommended to prevent or facilitate crowding correction, and to ensure a more stable final result.
In some cases, simply ‘holding space’ during key developmental stages can make a huge difference to your child’s overall outcome. Holding arches can make treatment faster and easier, and ensure that your child‘s bite and smile will reach their full potential.
Holding arches are usually positioned behind the teeth, so won’t look obvious to anyone except your dentist or orthodontist. They are usually made from metal wire, and held into place with back molar bands. An upper holding arch usually also includes an acrylic ‘cushion’ where it comes in contact with the upper palate. An upper holding arch is also known as a ‘Nance’, named after the first orthodontist to describe it, while a lower holding arch is known as a ‘lingual arch’.
In some cases, timely placement of a holding arch can alleviate the need for permanent tooth extractions at a later stage.
Orthodontic habit appliances are custom-designed to help correct or prevent certain oral habits that can affect your child's dental development, such as thumb-sucking, finger-sucking or tongue-thrusting.
Your child’s appliance will usually consist of a thin metal wire positioned behind the upper front teeth. This orthodontic appliance works by making the habit less comfortable or appealing, and also serves as a reminder for the child to avoid the habit.
If needed, Dr Fine may recommend a habit appliance to ensure that your child's teeth and jaw develop properly.
Lots of fixed orthodontic appliances are held in place by metal molar bands. These molar bands fit around your back teeth like rings over a finger. Your orthodontist will apply special tooth glue to these molars bands, which will allow your orthodontic appliance to stay in place for the duration of your treatment.
Separators are temporary rubber rings which prepare teeth for banding. For this reason, separator placement is the first step in many other types of orthodontic treatments, such as expanders, Cantilever Bite Jumpers, and even braces in some cases.
Including a separator stage makes the fitting of your new orthodontic appliance much easier, as your back molars have already been gently nudged apart by separators. Once the separators have done their work, your new appliance will be able to slide on to your back teeth with ease.
Your separators will be gently eased into place, with the tooth movement occurring over the next few days as the teeth respond to the presence of the separators. Have you ever had a piece of apple skin caught between back molars? This is how most people describe the initial feeling of orthodontic separators! There may be some discomfort or achiness as your teeth respond, however this is generally described as mild.
Frequently Asked Questions about Orthodontic Appliances
How is Clear Aligner Treatment Different at Fine Orthodontics?Imagine orthodontic treatment that straightens your teeth discreetly, without anyone knowing. Yes, continued innovation in clear aligners has made aligner treatments far more capable. Many are surprised at what can be done with aligners when compared with conventional braces. Not only has Dr Fine been working closely with Invisalign® since 2000, he has also kept a close watch on new developments and has now developed his own system of manufactured Aligners: FineLine. So you can be assured that the latest innovations will be applied to your or your child's treatment at Fine Orthodontics. (Yes, we offer Invisalign® and other types of Clear Aligners for children as well). Dr Fine's own aligner system FineLine is a great option in many cases, and is available exclusively at Fine Orthodontics. FineLine uses the best available materials and the latest technologies and techniques in Clear Aligner design and manufacture. FineLine offers substantial value, as we are often able to offer it at a lower cost than using external aligner manufacturers like Invisalign®. When choosing where to have your treatment, it is important to remember that the success of your treatment will depend on the experience and ability of the clinician who plans and manages your treatment. This is why it's crucial to choose the right orthodontist to ensure the best outcome for your smile. The orthodontist's knowledge, skills, and dedication are essential factors in determining the success of your treatment. Whilst general dental clinics may offer orthodontic services (including clear aligner treatment like Invisalign®) only qualified specialist orthodontists have the necessary skills and education to ensure that you get the very best result possible. Orthodontists have an additional qualification on top of general dentistry, with 2-3 years extra specialist training. In addition, experienced specialist orthodontists have spent countless hours planning and carrying out orthodontics exclusively. With over 30 years of specialist experience, Dr. Fine is highly-skilled and knowledgeable, and is an expert at using clear aligners to create beautiful, healthy smiles.
Why do people usually choose aligners over braces?People usually choose aligners over braces because: they are less noticeable than metal or even clear braces clear aligners are removable, so brushing and flossing is easier they are more comfortable than clear, metal or lingual ('behind the teeth') braces there are fewer dietary restrictions aligners require less maintenance and fewer office visits many office visits can be replaced by remote monitoring they can be removed for special occasions Clear aligners are only as good as the dental professional managing the process. A highly trained orthodontist can use the Invisalign® clear aligner system to its full potential. Orthodontic specialists also utilise advanced aligner accessories and tooth attachments. These accessories allow for more complex treatments previously only possible with braces. While there are many different aligner systems, clear aligners aren’t a fix-all just on their own. You need the skillset of an experienced orthodontist to get your bite and smile correctly aligned. Dr Martin Fine has treated well over 1000 Invisalign® cases, so you can be certain your care is from an experienced clinician. At Fine Orthodontics, our Invisalign® capabilities are enhanced by our state-of-the-art technology. From start to finish, our process is fully digital. 3D Intraoral scanners, smile simulation software, 3D digital x-rays and much more. Our precise digital laboratory allows us to offer our own range of clear aligners offering great treatment benefits. Our FineLine clear aligners use the best available materials and latest technologies and techniques. As we manage the entire process without needing to outsource aligner manufacturing, we can also offer considerable savings. Fine Orthodontics has this all on-site for better and more efficient treatment outcomes for you. At Fine Orthodontics we have a range of affordable payment plans to suit you. Why not Book a Free* Orthodontic Consultation Onsite at our Maroubra or Bondi Junction office? Our friendly team will be able to tell you more about how aligners could work for you. Dr Martin Fine will recommend a plan that’s most suited to your needs. Not sure whether to choose braces or aligners like Invisalign®? Visit our Clear Aligners vs Braces blog post.
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The range of orthodontic appliances available can seem overwhelming. An initial assessment is so important to make the way forward seem clearer, and to help answer any questions you may have about orthodontic appliances.
At Fine Orthodontics, we believe everyone should have the chance to explore their orthodontic options without financial constraints. Get in touch to meet our dedicated team, understand the range of treatments available, and get personalised recommendations tailored to your dental needs.
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Areas We Serve in Sydney
Fine Orthodontics proudly caters to the broader Sydney region, boasting two strategically situated clinics in Bondi Junction and Maroubra. Additionally, we are honoured to offer our premier orthodontic services to adjacent suburbs, affirming our commitment to exceptional care for our community.
In acknowledgment of the ever-growing demand for elite orthodontic interventions regardless of geographical constraints, we have incorporated Remote Monitoring into our service suite, aiming to reduce the necessity of recurrent in-clinic appointments.
Level 8, 35 Spring Street
Bondi Junction NSW 2022 Sydney
Level 1, 633 Anzac Parade
Maroubra NSW 2035
Remote Monitoring ensures that clients, irrespective of their distance from our clinics, can still access Dr. Fine's unparalleled expertise. Utilizing a user-friendly mobile application, patients can transmit photographic representations of their dental alignment, enabling us to meticulously monitor their advancement.
Strategically positioned in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, our clinics are optimally located to serve clients who inhabit or are employed within the respective local government precincts:
Municipality of Woollahra
City of Randwick
City of Sydney
Including the following suburbs of Sydney:
Bondi North Bondi
Moreover, our proximity to institutions such as Sydney University and the University of NSW makes our facilities easily accessible for their faculty, staff, and student community.