Orthodontics is the repositioning of your teeth with continual, light forces. This can be done in a few different ways these days but many Dentists attach specialized brackets onto your teeth, and slide a wire that fits your mouth’s shape to help move your teeth gently into place. Your dentist may also use other helpful tools like rubber bands, retainers, and headgear to also improve your smile.
Why might I need orthodontic treatment?
Common reasons for having orthodontic treatment are:
- To improve the appearance of the teeth and face.
- To improve the health of the teeth and gums.
- To improve function i.e. to make it easier to eat.
- To facilitate restorative treatment i.e. implant, veneers, crown and bridge work
- Combined orthodontics and orthognathic surgery in adult patients who have finished growth.
Is it always possible to have braces as an adult?
The demand for adult orthodontics is increasing especially when now we can offer more aesthetically pleasing appliances. Age is not limiting factor for having an orthodontic treatment, however it is important that you have a full comprehensive consultation before commencing the treatment to ensure your dental health is stable.
Fixed braces can only be placed by our dentist (or some one more quallified) because they are attached to the surface of the teeth. Fixed braces are capable of moving your teeth in a very precise manner and therefore they are most commonly used type of brace.
Fixed braces consists of small brackets, cemented to your teeth and joined together with a wire. It's generally made of metal, but sometimes it can be made of plastic or ceramic, which are less noticed. After the treatment is over and brace is removed, our dentist will clean the brackets and filling material from your teeth and leave minor wound caused by the mini-screw to heal by itself.
Aligners are removable moulds made of clear plastic. They are used if your condition is mild and you have most of your adult teeth which needs to be moved in place.
A set of two aligners (for upper and lower teeth) needs to be worn for few weeks and than they need to be replaced with a new set. This procedure continues until the treatment is complete and your teeth have moved at the right place.
Advantage of aligners is, they are almost transparent and therefore difficult to notice. At the same time they are easier to clean than braces. Disadvantage of aligners is, they may take longer to improve position of your teeth compared to braces and may cost more.
After your orthodontic treatment is complete, there remains a possibility that your teeth may move back towards their original position. This is called relapse. To stop this happening your dentist may use retainers, which are special clear plates (similar to aligners) to keep your teeth in the correct position. Duration of retainers to be worn differs from patient to patient, depending on individual condition.
Daniel uses the most advanced orthodontic tools, to provide you with the highest levels of orthodontic treatment. Instead of a “one size fits all” approach used in typical straight wire appliances, Daniel customizes your braces and wires. Since the braces have been specifically made for you, faster and more effective treatment can be expected.
We recommend you come see us for a consultation to assess if we can help and what may be the best option for you based on what you want to achieve.