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Orthodontics

An introduction to Orthodontics

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the growth of the teeth, jaws and face. Orthodontic treatment is about making the best of your teeth and improving the harmony of your mouth and jaws. Once you can bite your teeth together correctly, you can eat more comfortably and care for your teeth and gums more easily. Orthodontic treatment will ultimately improve your smile.

At Brickfields Dental Care, we use the Damon System of brackets which are currently state of the art self ligating brackets, which result in rapid movement of teeth and therefore shorter overall treatment times. The new Damon Clear brackets for the upper arch are now used for patients who would prefer tooth colored brackets.

How does the treatment work

Orthodontic treatment involves wearing a brace (appliance). There are two main types of braces, removable and fixed. Different combinations of braces may be used to treat individual cases. Depending on the type of appliance it will move your teeth into position, guide the way your jaw grows, or even widen your jaw to make room for crowded teeth. Occasionally, it might be necessary to extract some teeth if your mouth is very crowded.

Removable Appliance

Removable braces are used for correcting simple problems such as moving a single tooth or expanding the dental arch by exerting gentle pressure. Removable appliances are generally used in younger children who still have their baby teeth present to improve problems with their bite. Removable appliances can also be fitted over the top and bottom teeth at the same time to harness the growth of the lower jaw and improve the way the upper and lower teeth meet. These appliances are known as Functional Appliances.

Fixed Appliances

Fixed Appliances often known as ‘ train tracks’ are made up of square shaped individual blocks called brackets, which are glued to the front of each tooth and metal rings, or bands, which fit over the back teeth. These are linked together with fine straightening wires, which need to be altered by the orthodontist at each visit. The brackets are usually made of stainless steel, but you may prefer tooth coloured aesthetic brackets, which are much less obvious.

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Some patients with fixed appliances may need to wear headgear. Headgear may be recommended when your back teeth need to be moved backwards in order to create more space at the front of your mouth. The headgear fits round the back of your head or neck and is attached to the brace. It is normally worn at home during the evenings and overnight. You will be advised on how many hours you should be wearing this and for how longer period.

At Brickfields Dental Care, we use the Damon System of brackets which are currently state of the art self ligating brackets, which result in rapid movement of teeth and therefore shorter overall treatment times.

Invisalign Treatments

Invisalign is a revolutionary way to straighten teeth without using braces. This system uses a series of nearly undetectable ‘aligners’ instead of brackets and wires. These are made of thin clear plastic, which fit to your teeth, a bit like a very thin mouth guard. There are on average, a series of between 12-48 individual aligners, which are changed every two weeks to gradually move your teeth into their correct positions. The orthodontist will see you regularly at six-week intervals to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages between 12-18 months but may vary from case to case. The best cases for Invisalign are mild to moderate crowding.

Retainers

When your orthodontic treatment has been completed you will need to wear retainers to keep your teeth in the new position. Teeth continue to move throughout your life and your teeth usually become more crooked as you get older. Retainers are provided to prevent movement of your teeth when your orthodontic treatment has been completed.

There are two types of retainers provided removable and fixed retainers :

Removable retainers should be worn all of the time for the first 3-6 months, after this initial period retainers should be worn every night for at least another 3-6 months. If you do not wear your provided retainers then your teeth will move. Retainers should only be taken out for eating and contact sports.

Fixed retainers are fitted behind the front teeth to prevent relapse of spacing or significant movement. Fixed retainers are usually required for at least seven years but are often kept in for life.

Your Questions Answered

Q. Can anybody be treated?
A. Yes and at any age. Orthodontic treatment for adults in particular. Most orthodontic treatment is carried out in the early teens; however, most adult problems can be successfully treated. We believe you’re never too old to have a beautiful smile.

Q. How long will the treatment take?
A. Treatment times vary depending on your age and the complexity of your problem most people wear their braces for about two years, but you can make a difference by looking after and wearing your braces properly.

Q. Will the treatment be uncomfortable?
A. There will certainly be a few days at the beginning of the treatment when your mouth is uncomfortable and the teeth are tender. A mild analgesic such as a paracetamol may be necessary in the first few hours to ease the discomfort.

Q. How often will I have to visit?
A. You will have to visit the orthodontist every 6-8 weeks to have any wires changed or just to keep a check that the treatment is going as planned.

Q. How do I clean my brace?
A. Different orthodontic appliances require varying techniques of cleaning. At Brickfields Dental Care, we have trained and fully qualified Oral Health Educators and Hygienists who will give you comprehensive instructions on the cleaning and care of your brace on the day of fitting.

Q. How often will I have to visit?
A. You will have to visit the orthodontist every 6-8 weeks to have any wires changed or just to keep a check that the treatment is going as planned.

Q. How do I clean my brace?
A. Different orthodontic appliances require varying techniques of cleaning. At Brickfields Dental Care, we have trained and fully qualified Oral Health Educators and Hygienists who will give you comprehensive instructions on the cleaning and care of your brace on the day of fitting.

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