Braces & Orthodontics
Dental Braces and Orthodontics is also called teeth straightening. These treatments are in high demand. Patients don't wish to accept crooked teeth and so, these treatments work to correct this.
Adult braces are now as common as those for children. It is normal for children to have orthodontics in their early teen years, however, until recently, it was not so common to see adults wearing a brace. The older generation are voting with their feet, and as such, orthodontist practices are getting busier and busier.
Teeth development is difficult to control. We are unable to tell in which position they will settle, and subsequently, they can be out of line. Crooked teeth look unsightly and can also be difficult to clean. Orthodontic treatment will straighten the teeth and move them into position. Historically, orthodontics involved removal of teeth to make room for movement. However, modern-day orthodontics tries to avoid tooth removal, where possible.
Orthodontists are healthcare professionals that specialise in teeth straightening treatment. Also, general dentists can carry out orthodontics.
Options for orthodontics and braces
There are various options for orthodontics at Rock House Dental Practice.
- Metal fixed braces (also called train tracks) are traditional teeth straightening appliances. They are usually seen in younger patients where aesthetics is not of concern. Fixed to your teeth, adjustment by the dentist occurs every 4-6 weeks.
- Ceramic fixed braces are a modern variety of braces. They use tooth coloured brackets and wires so you can hardly see them. Fixed to your teeth, adjustment by the dentist occurs every 4-6 weeks.
- A lingual brace is the most advanced type of brace. Fixed to the inside of your teeth so it is totally invisible!
- Aligners are removable braces. These come in the form of an almost invisible mouthguard which you take out when you are eating. Your dentist will change the aligner every two weeks. The Invisalign brace is an example of this.
We will discuss all the options with you after a full examination. More advanced cases will involve referral to a specialist orthodontist for treatment. Whichever system you choose, we know you will get a great result.
How long does it take for teeth to move with orthodontics and braces?
The time taken for teeth straightening treatments with orthodontics and braces depends on how crooked your teeth are. Minor cases need four to six months, whereas, more advanced cases may take two years to complete. Once we have taken a look at your case, we can give you a better estimate of the time required.
Strictly speaking, retainers aren’t braces. They don't move your teeth, but instead, so the opposite. Retainers hold the teeth in their new position once your braces come off.
Types of retainer
We offer two types of retainers
Removable retainers consist of clear vacuum-formed mouth guards (similar to invisalign braces) that fit your teeth to hold them in position.
Fixed retainers are thin wires that are permanently attached behind your front teeth. Retainers stop your teeth from moving 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Its always best to have dual retention i.e. both types of retainer.
If you don’t wear your retainers your teeth could move and undo all your hard work.
Contact us for more information
Contact us for a consultation to discuss all of your options. It is important to determine the extent of treatment required, and which treatment is right for you.