Traditional Metal Braces
These are the traditional style of braces which have been around for many years. They are still worn by adults and children and used by Orthodontists everyday to correct teeth alignment problems. We can make them fun with all different colours, and they are the most proven and robust system for moving teeth.
Benefits of Metal Braces
- They are the most cost effective option
- Small brackets, comfortable to wear
- Able to correct most orthodontic problems
- Elastic bands and brackets available in multiple colours
Metal Braces might not give you the perfect appearance during your treatment, but are the most efficient and cost-effective way to align your teeth with fixed braces, even if they are not the most aesthetic choice on the market today.
With metal braces your orthodontist will have perfect control over the movement of your teeth, while there is little control with removable aligners, for example. Another great advantage of metal braces is, that even the most complex cases can be easily solved. While certain cases simply cannot be solved with aligners or would take forever with removable devices, a fixed metal brace can handle all orthodontic problems. This is also the fastest kind of orthodontic appliance, as it constantly exerts even pressure on your teeth.
Some common problems that traditional braces can correct include spacing, crowding, bite discrepancies or pull down teeth which have not erupted correctly or may be impacted. Two of the most common braces systems that we use include DAMON® and Empower™, and we have extensive experience using them on both adults and children.
These are the braces that you see worn by adults, as they are discreet and not very noticeable. The teeth straightening system and process is much the same as traditional braces, only the brackets (square piece attached to the front of your tooth) and the ligature (wire) are tooth coloured.
With our Cosmetic Braces system we can correct all the same issues as with traditional braces, and they are permanently attached to your teeth, to ensure the best long term results.
The only disadvantage to having the lighter coloured appliance in your mouth is the ongoing staining of the brackets and ligature due to the colouring in food and drinks like coffee and tea. This just means that you will have to be extra diligent with your daily oral healthcare routine, and you can try to reduce consumption of food and drinks that may stain your appliance.
Two of the aesthetic braces systems that we use most frequently include Damon Clear and Radiance.
These braces are clear and invisible and are what is called a removable braces system. Not all patients are suitable for Invisalign, but you might be a candidate for this system if you have had braces before and now your teeth have relapsed, or if you have a mild to moderate problem. Cosmetic braces have become extremely popular in recent years, as they allow you to straighten your teeth, while at the same time continuing to live your life, and eat the foods you enjoy, because you can remove the appliance quite easily.
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To successfully complete your orthodontic treatment patients must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the prescribed additional elastics or other devices. The following paragraphs describe the types of appliances that may be used during the course of your treatment.
Elastics (Rubber Bands)
Elastics help sticking out teeth move backwards and lower teeth move forward [See image]. This is the most common direction that your Orthodontist will prescribe. There are attachments from your top to your bottom teeth; your Orthodontist will show you how to place them. The elastics will help fix your bite if worn 24 hrs a day.
Functional Appliances (Twin Blocks)
The Twin Block appliance is normally used in a growing child usually between the ages of 9-14yrs in girls up to 15 in boys as boys go through puberty later. The purpose of the twin block is to harness the growth potential to correct an inherent problem with the jaws.
The ideal time to do this is during a growth spurt, so let your Orthodontist know if trousers are getting too short and you’ve moved up a show size! The twin block is very successful at correcting teeth that stick out. It has to be worn 24hours a day otherwise it won’t do its job. If it is worn 24 hrs a day then you can expect to get a great result and be rid of it after 6-9 months. At that point you will probably progress to traintrack type braces with elastics.
Sometimes the Orthodontist starts with a removable brace when the child is young. This can be for various reasons, maybe baby teeth are falling out or maybe it is a better device to use for initial small small movements. These removable braces are only placed for a few months. Usually a proper traintrack brace is required afterwards. Some dentists are using these removable braces such as the “Inman aligner” to correct crowding of the lower incisors. Be warned this is not a stable treatment. The teeth may be straight whilst the brace is present, but you will need a bonded retainer (see below) and you are not guaranteed straight teeth. You may find that you have to get the whole thing done properly in a few years. We’d welcome comments on this appliance on our facebook page.
The end of treatment is not really the end, in many ways it’s just the beginning, the beginning of retention. Most Orthodontists are agreed that to keep your teeth straight you need to wear retainers. There are different types of retainers and your Orthodontist will prescribe the most appropriate one for you.
This is a commonly used retainer and is worn at night time after an initial full time phase. Your Orthodontist will give you a retention protocol.
These are clear retainers and are worn in the same way as the Hawley. You must take these out for eating.
These are placed on the back of the teeth and just at the front. These are commonly placed for 3-5 years but sometimes patients prefer to have them there forever. Drawbacks are that you need to be good at cleaning and have it checked every 6 months for signs of decay underneath the retainer. Another drawback is that you can feel it with your tongue.