You are never too old to improve your smile! Many adults worry that they have left it too late to have their teeth straightened or are embarrassed at the thought of wearing braces.
Braces have come a long way in recent years and we can achieve amazing results using a range of discreet solutions.
Using our skills and the most appropriate solution for you, we can give you the smile you have always wanted – often without other people even noticing that you’re going through treatment.
Our dentists have years of experience in offering clear aligners like Invisalign or discreet lingual braces.
what is orthodontics
Orthodontics is the movement of teeth using braces and aligners. The movement can be to straighten crooked teeth or close diastemas in order to help the restorative dentist to achieve a better smile for the patient by putting the teeth in the right place to minimise tooth preparation.
why might I gain from having orthodontic treatment?
Straightening the teeth not only makes them look better but also makes it easier to keep clean thus keeping away decay and gum disease. Straight teeth are perceived to look more attractive than crooked ones helping patients to smile with confidence. In those patients that require additional restorative treatment, orthodontics helps position the teeth to facilitate this work in the most minimally invasive way to improve the final result.
what types of braces are there?
Braces can be either fixed to your teeth or removable. We tend to favour the fixed braces as they give us total control over the teeth and allow for quicker and more precise tooth movement. The fixed brace is tooth coloured with tooth coloured wires on top, so fairly discreet. It is also possible to use metal braces, but obviously, we place these behind the teeth to hide them (Lingual braces).
Removable braces are often called aligners. They are like thin gum shields for teeth and can be removed for eating and cleaning. However, they still need t be worn 22 hours a day and they are only suitable for minor corrections.
how long will treatment take?
The duration of treatment varies on the amount of tooth movement needed. It can take as little as 6 months up to 24 months. We will always give you an estimate of how long it will take at your consultation appointment.
will I need teeth out?
Sometimes we need to make space to align the teeth. If the space needed is small, we can achieve this by interproximal stripping. If the space required is bigger, then this may mean that we need to remove a tooth. This is assessed at the consultation appointment.
is there any special care needed for my teeth whilst wearing braces?
We always recommend meticulous cleaning with small interdental toothbrushes and the use of a fluoride mouthwash before going to bed. You will have to be careful with your diet and avoid hard, sticky and sugary foods as these can break the brace as well as causing tooth decay. You will be monitored for the duration of your treatment and advised further when needed.
I’ve heard I will need retainers after my brace, can you explain?
After orthodontic treatment, teeth try to return to their original position. To overcome this, we fit fixed or removable retainers at the end of all orthodontic treatments. Fixed retainers are thin wires behind the front four or six teeth and removable retainers are like contact lenses for your teeth and just worn at night. We always recommend to keep the fixed retainers in place as teeth can ‘crumple’ with age – retainers are an anti-wrinkle treatment for your teeth!
how often will I need to come to have my brace adjusted?
Usually, we adjust the brace every six to eight weeks
how much will braces cost?
The cost of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the duration and type of brace you need. We always provide a written quotation prior to undertaking any treatment.