Traditional metal braces
These are the braces that you see most teenagers wearing. We can make them fun with all different colours.
These are the braces that you see worn by adults, they are not entirely invisible, but we find our our adults don’t mind wearing them and they are not very noticeable.
These braces are clear and invisible. You might be suitable for Invisalign if you have had braces before and now your teeth have relapsed, or if you have a mild to moderate problem.
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These braces go on the back of your teeth, they can’t be seen at all.
They are custom made in Germany and they are like German engineering… precise!
Most adult orthodontic problems can be treated with these braces.
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.