How do fixed metal braces work?
Metal fixed braces (commonly referred to as ‘train tracks’) are the most widely used orthodontic appliance. Metal squares (brackets) are bonded to the surface of your teeth. The brackets are connected by a thin metal wire (arch wire) that guides the teeth to straighten with the help of gentle pressure. Wires are held in place using elastic band ligatures. The brackets stay on your teeth throughout the treatment and the precise movement of your teeth is controlled through regular adjustments (every 4-6 weeks) to the wires and elastic bands.
Is wearing braces painful?
Some people can experience a little discomfort during orthodontic treatment, particularly in the first few days after fitting, or following a tightening appointment. Paracetamol or ibuprofen can ease any soreness and sticking to a soft diet may help.
How long will I have to wear braces for?
Every case is different so treatment times vary. During your assessment your orthodontist will be able to give you an estimate based on your particular requirement. On average it takes 12-24 months for teeth to be realigned.
What are the benefits of fixed braces?
Tried and trusted traditional braces allow specialist orthodontists to treat even the most complex of cases. Orthodontic treatment using fixed braces is highly effective. Traditional braces not only straighten crooked or protruding teeth, but also address a wide range of orthodontic issues, such as overcrowding, severe overjet (where the lower jaw is set back) or overbite, impacted teeth.
How does Invisalign® work?
Invisalign® is an innovative orthodontic system that offers a more discreet way to straighten teeth by using a series of clear, customised aligners. With no fixed brackets or wires, the aligners can be taken out for cleaning your teeth and eating. Each aligner is very slightly different so teeth can be gradually moved into position to achieve your perfect smile.
If you are a suitable candidate, impressions and photos will taken of your teeth and 3D technology will create a personalised plan showing how your teeth will move and how they will look following treatment. Your unique set of aligners will be produced in a laboratory, and you will need to change them every two weeks until the desired result is achieved.
How long will the process take?
Treatment times can vary but most cases are usually completed within 6-12 months. However, you will need to wear the aligners for 22-24 hours every day for the best results.
What are the benefits of Invisalign®?
Invisalign® has been tried and proven, helping over 11 million people worldwide achieve their best smile quickly and efficiently. Appointments are quick and straightforward, and the transparent aligners are virtually invisible so people won’t even notice you are wearing them. The aligners are easy to remove for eating and cleaning and they are more comfortable than traditional fixed braces with no rubbing or irritation to the mouth.