Orthodontic Treatments

//Orthodontic Treatments

Orthodontic Treatments

2017-12-06T17:26:31+00:00

braces

Invisible braces use a series of clear aligners that are custom-molded to fit you. The virtually invisible aligners gradually reposition your teeth into a smile you’ll be proud of.

  • Remove your aligners to eat, brush and floss
  • Change aligners every two weeks
  • Your teeth move little by little
  • Regular progress checks with your dentist or orthodontist
  • Results often in 6 months to 1 year

WHY PEOPLE PREFER INVISIBLE BRACES

The convenience and ease of use of the invisible brace system have made it the choice for millions of people.

  • Most people won’t notice you’re in treatment
  • Won’t disrupt your lifestyle
  • Free initial consultation with participating doctors
  • No metal wires or bands to irritate your mouth, and best of all, most people won’t notice you’re in treatment.

HOW INVISIBLE BRACES CAN IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF YOUR MOUTH.

Teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced can create unhealthy conditions, including swollen gums, redness and pocketing, all of which are signs of periodontal disease. As clear braces invisibly straighten your teeth, it can also do great things for the health of your mouth.

HEALTHIER GUMS

Clinical studies have shown that gum health may improve with the use of Invisible Braces during orthodontic treatment¹. Properly aligned teeth can help gums “fit” tighter around each tooth², which may lead to better periodontal health. Unlike braces, with Invisible Braves, you can brush and floss normally, which can help prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease.

EASIER CLEANINGS

Unlike traditional orthodontics or braces, Invisible Braces have no metal bands or wires to trap food and plaque. Maintaining a good oral hygiene program will also reduce chances of plaque build-up, tooth decay and periodontal disease.

IMPROVED CHEWING AND SPEECH

For some people, incorrectly positioned teeth and jaws can exacerbate speech difficulties and chewing problems. Correcting your bite by straightening your teeth can help improve both.

LOWER RISK OF TRAUMA AND ABNORMAL WEAR

Properly aligned teeth can be less stressful on supporting bone and jaw joints.

ARE INVISIBLE BRACES FOR ME?

The Invisible Brace system has been successful in giving hundreds of thousands of amazing smiles to both teens and adults. Their clear, custom-molded aligners are used to solve a range of issues, including:

  • Overly crowded teeth
  • Widely spaced teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites

MADE TO FIT LIFESTYLES LIKE YOURS.

Now nothing comes between your lifestyle and having an incredible smile. Because Invisible Braces offer you comfort, convenience and virtual invisibility during treatment so you can:

  • Be as active as you like because they won’t hold you back
  • Remove your aligners for special events, eating and brushing
  • Feel more confident everywhere you go
  • Look your best during treatment

Invisible Braces are clear and practically invisible, so nothing gets in the way of your new smile.

  • Unobtrusive in business meetings or social gatherings
  • No metal wires or bands to irritate your mouth

Many people won’t notice you’re wearing aligners

 

CONVENTIONAL ORTHODONTICS

Before placing braces on your teeth you will need a check-up for decay or gum problems. Do continue to visit your dentist regularly for check-ups.

BRACES CAN BE FIXED OR REMOVABLE.

Fixed braces consist of brackets and bands bonded or cemented to your teeth (to get a hold of them) and very thin metal wires that gently push your teeth into their right positions.

The wire is tied into the brackets with a steel ligature or a coloured plastic ring. Some brackets have clips to hold the wires and no ties are needed. Brackets can be made of metal or tooth-coloured ceramic or plastic. Ordinary fixed braces are bonded to the front of your teeth. There are also braces that can be bonded on the back of your teeth (lingual braces).

Removable braces are sometimes used when you are still growing or if you still have baby teeth left. Functional removable braces are used to change jaw growth to normalise your bite.

STEPS IN FIXED BRACES TREATMENT

First Visit: X-rays, photos and impressions for plaster study models of your teeth are taken. Your orthodontist will plan your treatment using these records. Very often, permanent teeth are removed when they are crowded and there is not enough space in the jaws for all of them. The extractions are done just before or just after the fitting of your braces.

Second Visit: Your orthodontist will explain the treatment plan and the braces suitable for your condition. Before braces are fitted, separators (small plastic ‘doughnuts’) are placed between your molars for a week to create spaces for the molar bands.

Third and Fourth Visits: Bands are cemented and brackets are bonded to the front of your teeth.

Subsequent Visits: (Every 4 to 8 weeks) Adjustments are made to the braces by way of wire-changes, adding springs, elastics or other accessories.

NOTE: Accessories are necessary to make your braces work. Elastics are often used to get your upper and lower teeth to bite together properly. Facemask’s, headgear or biteplates are sometimes used with fixed braces. It is very important to use all accessories exactly as you have been told, if not, progress of the treatment stops and may in some cases, reverse.

When treatment is completed: Your fixed braces will be removed at a debanding appointment, followed by removal of cement and the polishing of your teeth. Moulds of your teeth in their new positions are taken to make retainers. After your braces are removed, you will need retainers to hold your teeth in their new positions for the next few years.

HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE?

The normal period of treatment with fixed braces is 18 months. You will need to make time every 6 – 10 weeks to visit your orthodontist, apart from during the course of the treatment.

HOW WILL BRACES AFFECT MY DAILY LIFE?

Speech: With regular fixed braces, speech is normally not affected at all. However, if your condition requires a palatal expander appliance to be fitted at the roof of your mouth, this may interfere with your speech. If you have lingual braces, you will take some time to learn to speak properly with the braces.

Playing musical instruments: If you play a musical instrument with a mouthpiece, it will take you one to two weeks before you become as skilful as before.

Brushing with braces: With braces on, your teeth are more difficult to clean. Do not leave food on your braces. Brushing your teeth properly after every snack and meal will reduce the risk of decay and gum disease. In addition, five minutes of brushing is needed every morning and night. Have your toothbrush available to brush after meals as well as at your orthodontic visits. You can use disclosing solution to check if your teeth are clean. You will need to replace your toothbrush more often as it will wear out faster.

Eating and diet restrictions: Eating hard food or biting on large pieces of food may dislodge the brackets or bands and damage the wires. Avoid eating nuts and biting on nails or pencils. Do cut hard fruits into small and thin pieces before eating them. Avoid food and drinks with high sugar content such as sweets and soft drinks.

Pain and discomfort: It takes up to one week to get accustomed to your braces. Initially, your cheeks and tongue will chafe from rubbing against the brackets and bands. Your teeth will also feel sore but you will get used to your braces in a couple of days. After each adjustment of the braces you will also feel some discomfort as your teeth start to move.