Braces today are quite discrete, blend in with your teeth and will allow you to be quite self-assured. The braces that you choose will reflect your lifestyle and personality.With our modern materials treatment times have reduced and you will gain that great look earlier.
The branch of dentistry that specializes in aligning crooked teeth is called orthodontics.
Orthodontic treatment usually involves wearing an appliance (removable/fixed) which puts gentle pressure on specific teeth to move them into the right place.
At the initial appointment, your orthodontist will do a very detailed dental examination along with your jaw x-ray analysis. If you have any decayed teeth, these will need to be treated before orthodontic treatment starts.
Orthodontic treatment usually takes between six months and two years, depending on the severity of the problem.
There are different kinds of appliances. Some can be removed while others are fixed in place.
Removable braces are made of plastic and usually have wire clips and springs to move specific teeth. A removable appliance needs to be taken out by the patient to be cleaned, but it should be worn at all other times, including mealtimes and at night.
Fixed braces cannot be removed by the patient on his own. They are made of small brackets that are glued to the teeth and joined together with a wire by the doctor. Once the treatment is finished, the brackets and glue are cleaned off the teeth.
A relatively new type of orthodontic treatment allows teeth to be straightened using removable, see-through, plastic aligners (Envisaging). This treatment is only suitable for certain cases.