What is orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment involves straightening or moving teeth, to improve both their appearance and how they work. It helps to create harmony between the teeth and face for a beautiful, healthy smile. Properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and thus decrease the tendency to decay or the development of gum disease. Straightening your teeth also improves your bite and spreads the biting pressure over all the teeth and improves the long-term health of the teeth, gums and jaw joints.
At what age can I have orthodontic treatment?
Age is less important than having the proper number of teeth. So adults of any age can have orthodontic treatment. For young children, it may be necessary to wait for enough adult teeth to come through before starting treatment.
What type of braces do you offer?
Our specialist orthodontist offers the full range of braces including traditional stainless steel braces, ceramic (clear) braces, lingual braces (these sit behind your teeth so are "invisible") in addition to clear removable aligners (Invisalign).
Do ‘invisible braces’ work for everyone?
Braces that sit behing your teeth (known as "lingual braces" or "Incognito") are suitable for all cases including the most complicated. Invisalign is better suited to more straightforward cases that don't involve severe crowding, over- or under-bites. A consultation with the Orthodontist will allow you the chance to discuss all treatment options and brace types so you can together decide on the best way forward for your teeth.
How long does it take?
Orthodontic treatment can take anywhere between a few months to two years, depending on how complicated the treatment is. Most simple cases can be treated in a few months and more complex cases often take a year and a half on average.
Can orthodontics damage my teeth?
Braces in themselves do not damage teeth. However, poor cleaning and too many sugary drinks and snacks can cause damage. If you’re not careful, braces can trap some food and cause more plaque than usual to build up around your teeth. That’s why your teeth and the braces themselves need to be cleaned very thoroughly. We recommend three-monthly visits to the hygienist during active orthodontic treatment in addition to your regular six-monthly visits to the dentist so that your teeth and gums stay healthy.