Not all smiles are perfect! Sometimes teeth may be crowded or mal positioned. But everyone deserves a perfect one.
This is where Orthodontic treatment helps to correct your smile. It can do wonders to your personality and self-confidence!
Teeth can be straightened with orthodontics (braces). Braces straighten or move your teeth to improve their appearance and the way they work. They can also help to improve the long-term health of your teeth, gums and jaw joints by spreading the biting pressure over all the teeth. There are many different braces and your dentist will be able to talk to you about what is best for you.
This is usually done during the teenage years, when the jaws are going through a period of growth. However, many adults also have treatment to straighten their crooked teeth or to improve their appearance.
Some people have clear or plastic braces, which are hardly noticeable. There are also now ‘invisible’ braces’. Your dentist will make you a series of clear plastic shields (like a mouth guard) which need to be worn all day and gradually move your teeth into a new position.
Alternatively removable braces may be advised for less severe cases.
How long will I have to wear the brace?
It really depends on how much work there is to do and how far the teeth need to be moved.
Fixed braces – usually take between 12 and 24 months, but could take longer if the problem is severe. Your dentist will be able to give you advice about the type of brace and time involved.If you don’t follow their instructions, the brace can take longer to work and the results may not be as expected. If your brace is damaged or broken this can also delay the treatment.
Can orthodontics damage my teeth?
The braces themselves will not cause any damage, but poor cleaning and too many sugary foods and drinks can to your teeth. Regular follow-ups and following the recommended oral hygiene instructions is mandatory.