Types Of Braces

With many types of orthodontic appliances available, your orthodontic journey can be tailored to your own, individual needs


Straightening

Teeth can be straightened with a variety of treatments depending on how much straightening is required. We know most people are keen to avoid the 'train track' look, so if your teeth are suitable we can discuss a number of alternatives, which may be suitable.

These options can be virtually invisible or may only take a matter of weeks to work. Traditional braces can take some time and perseverance. However, they can still be the best option for very crowded and misaligned teeth.

Invisalign - Teeth straightening

Invisalign is a system for straightening teeth without the use of conventional braces.

The treatment consists of a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that you change every two weeks for the next set of aligners. Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth, and only your teeth. As you replace each aligner your teeth move - little by little, week by week - until they have straightened to the final position we have prescribed.

What's more, a 3D treatment plan in virtual reality shows the series of movements your teeth will make over the course of your treatment. This allows you to see at the start how your teeth are expected to look at the end of treatment. Once this is agreed, it is used to manufacture the custom - made clear aligners. Click here to see how this works.

Realigning teeth with removable aligners is not new. However, the computer technology used to design and construct a series of aligners with finite corrections is the clever part.

Invisalign is recommended for orthodontic solutions with mild to moderate spacing or crowding. They are virtually undetectable, easy to use and comfortable to wear. Invisalign is very popular with adults and older teenagers.

Advantages of Invisalign

  • Effective
  • Comfortable
  • Removable
  • Clear
  • Customised
  • For more information visit Invisalign

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces are a clear alternative to metal braces and allow the natural look of your teeth to shine through. Made from a translucent glass material, the brackets neither stain nor discolour, maintaining their original appearance all the way through to the end of treatment.

The arch wires can also be coated with tooth coloured material to conceal their appearance.

For more information please visit Opal Orthodontics.

Lingual braces

There is an increasing demand for invisible braces amongst adults seeking treatment who feel unable to wear visible appliances for either professional or social reasons. They are also becoming increasingly popular with older teenagers.

Lingual appliances are placed on the inside surface of the teeth and as such are truly invisible. They work in the same way as conventional braces, just the other way around. They take a little longer to adapt to and are more expensive due to their customised manufacture but they do provide a real option for patients who, for whatever reason, do not want anyone to know they are undergoing orthodontic treatment.

The WIN Lingual System is a new generation of braces for people of all ages. As the name suggests, no-one will know you are wearing them unless you tell them. They are created using state of the art CAD-CAM technology and are completely customised to each patient and the prescribed treatment.

For more information visit WIN Lingual.

The Incognito™ Lingual System is a new generation of braces for people of all ages. As the name suggests, no-one will know you are wearing them unless you tell them. They are created using state of the art CAD-CAM technology and are completely customised to each patient and the prescribed treatment.

For more information visit Incognito

Advantages of Lingual Braces

  • Invisible from the front
  • Comfortable
  • Effective for all treatments
  • Customised
  • Fast working

Self-ligating braces

Unique ligation system Self-ligating braces have a unique ligation system that eliminates the need for elastic or metal ties and reduces friction. This means that the applied forces are lighter and the appliance requires less frequent adjustment. Furthermore, the appliances are easier to keep clean and it is possible to treat more problems without the need for tooth removal.

Removable Appliances

We sometimes use removable braces to correct bite problems and also influence the growth of the jaws in children. Timing and skill in the use of removable braces is essential for success.

Although removable braces can be removed from the mouth by a patient, they will only work if worn as prescribed. More sophisticated removable appliances are available to teenagers and adults.

Retainers

Once the active period is completed, your braces are removed. The next step is called retention. Retainers are utilised to hold your teeth in their new position until your bone, gums, and muscles adapt to the new teeth positions.

You must wear your retainer as instructed, otherwise your teeth may move back toward their original positions and the benefit of wearing your braces will be lost. We will determine how long you need to wear your retainer. The time scale varies with each patient; in some cases, permanent retention may be necessary or advisable. In these instances, thin metal wires are attached to the inside surfaces of the anterior teeth either in addition to or instead of removable retainers.

The retention period is an important part of your overall treatment and should not be neglected. Remember to wear them in your mouth, not in your pocket. Retainers work when you follow our instructions:

  • Clean after every meal
  • Clean all parts with a brush
  • Handle with care
  • Retainers are easy to lose; if you take them out remember to place them in your retainer case for safety.