Why have my teeth straightened?
- Improves the appearance of your teeth, smile and your facial structure
- Reduces the risk of trauma or injury with protruding teeth especially in teenagers.
- Makes it easier to keep your teeth clean and stops food getting caught between your teeth.
- Helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay and therefore prevents premature loss of teeth
- Becomes easier to bite and chew food.
- Improved force distribution and reduces wear on the teeth.
- Occasional improvements in Speech
- Prevents extra stress on the chewing muscles that could lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome and neck, shoulder and back pain.
- Teeth that are crooked or not in the right place can also detract from one's appearance.
How do I Know if I Need Orthodontics?
Your dentist can determine whether you can benefit from orthodontics. Based on diagnostic tools that include a full medical and dental health history, a clinical exam, plaster models of your teeth, and special X-rays and photographs, we can decide whether orthodontics are recommended, and develop a treatment plan that's right for you.
How Does Orthodontic Treatment Work?
Many different types of appliances, both fixed and removable, are used to help move teeth, retrain muscles and affect the growth of the jaws. These appliances work by placing gentle pressure on the teeth and jaws. The severity of your problem will determine which orthodontic approach is likely to be the most effective.
There are two phases in braces treatment. In the more active phase the braces are in place to properly move the teeth into proper alignment while correcting the bite in the process. The second stage called the retention phase is when a retainer is fitted to keep the teeth in the longer term into their new positions.
Active Stage - Active treatment involves visiting on a regular basis for adjustments and following specific treatment requirements to ensure successful treatment.
Retention Stage - When treatment is completed, the braces and/or appliances are removed and a new appliance is made. These retainers are removable or fixed, and will help to maintain the changes made to your teeth if worn as instructed.
Are there any risks?
Even for an adult there are not many risks associated with orthodontic treatment. In rare situations some patients may have find they are allergic to the latex and metal used in braces. If you have periodontal (gum) disease you may have a higher risk of encountering problems throughout orthodontic treatment because the gums and their supporting bone are more likely to break down causing the loosening of and possible teeth loss.
There is an easy solution to this and that is removing any sign of gum disease before orthodontic treatment commences. Your dentists will discuss any other risks with you in more detail if applicable.
Does it hurt?
Pain is minimal with adult braces. There are some people who are afraid that pain from braces treatment may be distractive but in reality there is only some minor discomfort in the first day or two.
Then, the mouth adapts to the presence of a foreign object.
What type of braces can you get?
You can get fixed or removable braces.
- Fixed Braces — the most common fixed appliances, braces consist of bands, wires and/or brackets. Bands are fixed around the teeth or tooth and used as anchors for the appliance, while brackets are most often bonded to the front of the tooth. Arch wires are passed through the brackets and attached to the bands. Tightening the arch wire puts tension on the teeth, gradually moving them to their proper position. Today's braces are smaller, lighter and show far less metal than in the past. They come in bright colours for kids as well as clear styles preferred by many adults.
- Removable Aligners — Virtually Invisible clear braces are an alternative to traditional braces for adults, serial aligners are used to move teeth in the same way that fixed appliances work, only without metal wires and brackets. Aligners are virtually invisible and are removed for eating, brushing and flossing.
How long does treatment take?
Treatment can be completed in as 2 months for simple tooth corrections up to 2 years for more crowded teeth.
What age can I have braces?
There is no age limit with braces, and are becoming more popular with adults with the introduction of clear braces, as well as removable braces.
As teeth have a tendency to move throughout life, we have an open door policy and are delighted to welcome you at any age.
What if I had braces before?
Even if you have had braces earlier in your life in a different location we are very happy to see you if the teeth have moved back.
How often do I need to come in?
Depending on what type of brace you have, you may need to come in monthly to have your braces adjusted, to bring about the desired results.