Orthodontic braces are used to straighten and align teeth. Braces have been used for many years and are one of the most effective ways to correct a wide range of dental problems.
They can improve both the appearance of teeth and overall dental health.
Braces are traditionally small metal brackets bonded surface of teeth and are connected with a thin wire.
The wire acts to apply a gentle pressure to the teeth and require regular adjustments to gradually move your teeth and guide them into an ideal alignment for aesthetics and function.
One of the biggest benefits of braces is not only does it improve the appearance of crooked and crowded teeth but when used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliance can correct malocclusions such as overbites and crossbites, help with airways to improve symptoms of sleep apnea, create space for restorations or close gaps, or spaces, between the teeth as a result of missing teeth improving both the appearance of the smile and the overall function of the teeth.
The severity of your problem will determine which orthodontic approach is likely to be the most effective.
In recent years, there has been a rapid increase in the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment. In fact, about 40% of our patients are adults.
While metal braces are the most common type, there are other types of braces available that are more aesthetically pleasing.
With modern technologies we can offer treatment that is more comfortable, with a variety of options that are invisible and discrete, including clear ceramic braces that are similar to metal braces, but the brackets are made of clear or tooth-coloured material, making them less visible.
Lingual braces that are placed on the back of teeth instead of the front, making them almost completely hidden from view and clear aligners such as Invisalign, uLab and SureSmile that can be removed for eating and cleaning.
The length of time that braces need to be worn varies depending on the individual case. Some people may only need braces for a few months, while others may need them for a couple of years.
We will create a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and goals.
It's important to keep in mind that orthodontic treatment requires regular visits to the orthodontist for adjustments and monitoring of progress.
It is also crucial to follow the orthodontist's instructions and take good care of your teeth and braces to ensure the best possible outcome and treatment time.
This includes maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding hard and sticky foods that could damage your braces or aligners, and wearing any prescribed appliances or rubber bands as directed.
While braces can be uncomfortable at first, most people adjust to them within a few days to a week. During the treatment process, it's common to experience some soreness or discomfort as teeth shift and move. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help alleviate any discomfort.
One of the biggest benefits of orthodontic braces is the long-term results they provide. Once treatment is complete, the teeth will be straighter and more aligned, improving both the appearance of the smile and the overall function of the teeth.
This can lead to improved oral health and overall well-being.