Orthodontic treatment allows you to achieve a lasting, beautiful smile. It involves the correction of crooked teeth and jaws and can be one of the best investments for your, or your child's, health.
Age is less important than having the proper number of teeth. So adults of any age can have orthodontic treatment. For young children, it may be necessary to wait for enough adult teeth to come through before starting treatment.
These braces are most commonly made from stainless steel and attached onto the teeth using tooth coloured filling material (composite resin). Care has to be taken eating hard foods as the attachment can easily be broken leading to a disruption in treatment. An orthodontic wire (archwire) is tied (or ligated) into the bracket using coloured elastic rings which can discolour in-between visits. These elastics can be silver coloured to blend in with the appliance or brightly coloured. As treatment progresses the orthodontist will progress to thicker wires which can place greater forces onto the teeth. The brace can easily be removed at the end of treatment leaving the teeth intact.
Unlike Metal Braces, Tooth Coloured Fixed braces use stainless steel and the attachments may be made from a hard ceramic material to blend in with the tooth colour. This produces a more aesthetically pleasing appliance which is far more attractive option. The orthodontic wires can also be tooth coloured to help improve the appearance further. Ceramic fixed appliances can be as effective as conventional fixed appliances at achieving tooth movement. Sometimes they are not recommended for the lower teeth, if the bite is ‘deep’, because the hard material can damage the opposing teeth that contact the attachments. Ceramic appliances are slightly more difficult to remove than conventional fixed appliances, however, they are unlikely to damage healthy teeth in most cases.
Many adults or older teens would like to improve their smiles but hate the idea of traditional orthodontics. Aligner orthodontic treatment that is a great alternative to metal braces. Unlike traditional braces, patients don't have to endure painful, ugly metal wires or bands. Virtually invisible, the aligners system works through a series of custom aligners.
During the first visit, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth and digitalize them. From these impressions, your doctor can create and manipulate a computerized image of the teeth. Using the 3-D model, the dentist will plan out the movement of the teeth. Custom aligners are then generated to fit your specific case. Every couple of weeks, patients change the aligners as prescribed by the dentist. The aligners gradually reposition the teeth little by little until you can enjoy a straight, attractive smile.
Although the actual length of time depends on the individual case, usually in 6 to 18 months, often less time than with traditional orthodontic therapy. Your dentist will see you every four to six weeks to monitor your progress.
Aligners are the best option for adults who want to maintain their mature images and don't have to deal with the embarrassment of metal braces. Another obvious advantage of the aligners are they are removable, so patients can take them out to eat, brush, and floss.But for optimal results, you need to wear the aligners about 22 hours a day on a consistent basis.
Straight teeth are the basis of a confident and endearing smile. Many of our clients have longed for a straighter smile for years. Taking the first step to a straighter smile is easier at the dental lounge as we offer a FREE consultation. At your consultation we will discuss the options to suit you and make sure all your questions are answered.
Braces are no longer just for the children. Adult orthodontics is now a big part of our treatment plans, especially with the advent of the more aesthetic "invisible" braces.
Metal, ceramic and invisible aligners