It is no wonder that cosmetic dental procedures having increased over 300% in the past 5 years, as 92% of participants aged between 15 to 80 years old claim that a white, healthy-looking smile made a good first impression. Unfortunately, not everyone has been blessed with great genes, and many Australians struggle with excessive gingival display (also known as "gummy smile") and deep bites. Orthodontic plates have been used as skeletal anchorage with amazing success rates, making them a highly recommended solution that will be explored in this article.

Basics Of Orthodontic Plates

Different types of orthodontic plates are designed for different situations. An impression is taken of the dental arch, which is the upper bone in the top part of your mouth, to form a working model with an acrylic base. Prescribed clips and springs are then added to the acrylic base. The finished product is then fitted to the patient at their next dental visit. With time, the orthodontic plate will reshape the dental arch. This will correct excessive gingival display and deep bite cases.

Advantages Of This Type Of Treatment

Orthodontic plates have been able to achieve what previous technology could not. These plates correct excessive gingival display and deep bite cases effectively and efficiently in a minimally invasive manner, making them a highly recommended treatment option. The advantages of opting for this treatment option are:

  • convenience and comfort. While it is crucial that the orthodontic plates are worn for long periods of time for best results, orthodontic plates can be easily removed and cleaned whenever necessary. This makes them a lot more comfortable than permanent alternatives;
  • the ability to correct vertical and distalizing arches;
  • the ability to deliver predictable results. Success rates have been reported at an overall 92%;
  • reduction in treatment times; and,
  • avoidance of teeth extraction and other types of surgical procedures. Orthodontic plates are particularly beneficial for those who have allergies to anaesthesia that are commonly used in surgical procedures.


Due to the minimally invasive nature of orthodontic plates, this type of treatment has been highly recommended by man orthodontists. To determine whether you are a good candidate for this procedure, consult with an orthodontist, such as Perfect Smiles Orthodontics, regarding the type of issues that you are concerned with, and how orthodontic plates may be able to correct them. They will be able to help you decide whether or not to pursue this treatment option.