Through orthodontic treatment, issues like crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or underbites, jaw position and disorders of the jaw joints can be corrected. If left untreated, these issues can cause problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, headaches and earaches, as well as speaking, biting or chewing problems.
Orthodontic treatment for children?
The average recommended age for orthodontic treatment is between 10 and 14 years of age. This is generally when your general dentist will refer your child to an orthodontist for corrective brace treatment.
But braces aren’t just for kids. More and more adults are wearing braces to correct malpositioned teeth and to improve their smiles. The options for braces are
so vast now that any problem can be corrected from mild crowding to severe malocclusions.
Cosmetic orthodontics like Invisalign
Your dentist will know what appliance is best for your particular problem, but as a private patient you a big choice of cosmetic braces to fit into your lifestyle. Some Brace varieties are:
Traditional metal braces
- Damon Braces
- Lingual braces
- Ceramic fixed braces
- Six month smiles
- Inman aligners
- Clear aligners
Fixed and removable braces are both popular and case dependant and also patient driven. You could have your crooked teeth corrected with fixed braces or possibly removable braces.
One of the most popular removable brace is Invisalign which has been marketed worldwide for its invisible look and the fact that it’s removable. Invisalign is essentially not better than any other brace but it is very case dependant and patient’s preference to what type of brace they are prepared to wear and for how long. This alternative to traditional braces is a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. Not only are these braces invisible, but they also are removable so they won’t trap food and plaque between your teeth like metal braces. You’ll wear each aligner for about two weeks and only remove it for eating, brushing and flossing. This may be an option for adults with mild spacing problems. Invisible aligners are not appropriate for children and adolescents who are still waiting for permanent teeth. This brace has exactly the same concept as Smilelign braces.
Invisalign, Smilelign, Inman aligners and Clear aligners are all almost invisible and removable whilst braces such as Traditional metal braces, Damon Braces, Lingual braces, Ceramic fixed braces and Six month smiles are fixed to your teeth. Ceramic fixed braces and Six month smiles have tooth coloured brackets and Six month smiles have tooth coloured wires so is the most discreet fixed brace fixed on the front of teeth.
How long does treatment take?
That depends upon your teeth. The more complicated your spacing or bite problem is, the longer the period of treatment, usually. Most patients can count on wearing traditional braces between 12 and 24 months, followed by the wearing of a retainer to set and align tissues surrounding straightened teeth. Cosmetic braces such as the Inman aligners can work in weeks and six month smiles just in a few months!
Will treatment be painful?
The interconnecting wires of fixed braces are tightened at each visit, bearing mild pressure on the brackets or bands to shift teeth or jaws gradually into a desired position. Your teeth and jaws may feel slightly sore after each visit, but the discomfort is brief. Keep in mind also that some teeth may need to be extracted to make room for teeth being shifted with braces and for proper jaw alignment. For patients with aligners, there may be some soreness as your mouth adjusts to each new plastic tray.
Do I have to change my diet?
Yes, avoid hard and sticky foods and have a less sugary diet. Cut healthy, hard foods like carrots or apples into smaller pieces. Sticky, chewy sweets like caramel can cause wire damage and loosen brackets. Avoid hard and crunchy snacks that can break braces, including popcorn, nuts and crisps
What about home care of my teeth with braces?
With braces, oral hygiene is more important than ever. Braces have tiny spaces where food particles and plaque get trapped. Brush carefully after every meal with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly and check your teeth in the mirror to make sure they’re clean. You may not be able to floss so the use of interdental brushes is paramount. Have your teeth cleaned at least every six months to keep your gums and teeth healthy. Insufficient cleaning while wearing braces can cause enamel staining or decay around brackets or bands.
Award winning Cosmetic Dentist, Dr Jas Sagoo at Perfect Smile Spa has fitted hundreds of braces for patients over the past 19 years. He is highly skilled and experienced and carries out this type of treatment every day. He enjoys changing people’s lives and improving their confidence just by changing their smile.
If you are thinking of having braces and want them to look as discreet as possible then our Cosmetic Dentist at Perfect Smile Spa can certainly help you. Situated in Essex we are easily accessible by all means of transport.
Perfect Smile Spa is a specialist, cosmetic and general dental practice. Our patients come from all over the world to have treatment with us. Call our Cosmetic Dentist on 01708 442114 or email:[email protected]