Many people think that braces are only worn by children or teenagers and this is a myth! Many adults have braces fitted to align crooked teeth, to close gaps or adjust the height and angle of individual teeth. Yes, braces really can do all this but it takes time for the teeth to reposition in your gums (usually over months). The first step in the process is to come along for a free assessment and we will talk you through your options, the length of the treatment and why we are recommending a particular type of brace. The most critical part of brace treatment is the initial fitting followed by the ongoing adjustments to ensure that just the right amount of pressure is put on the teeth to encourage them to move to a target position.
Orthodontic dentistry is the name given to the realignment of teeth using different types of dental braces. Orthodontic treatment is not just about the cosmetic benefits of better looking smiles but more importantly, it can improve the chewing function and also help in making speech clearer. The good news is that modern orthodontics can offer a range of treatments which are less conspicuous and the length of treatment is shorter than several years ago.
These days there many different types of braces that are based on sound dental technology designed to achieve the best result for the patient. Braces are worn by many millions of people worldwide and, because everyone's teeth are different, all braces are custom fitted. Some braces use components that are more visible when fitted, whilst others can be almost totally invisible.
To get an overview of dental braces see the guide below. Some braces are not suitable for certain types of treatment and, if you attend our FREE Consultation, we will discuss your treatment options at that time. Please note: By attending the free Consultation you are NOT obligated to take treatment from us.
Invisalign is the leading brand of clear, removable braces that are custom moulded to fit exactly over your teeth. For a course of treatment around 12 - 30 sets of braces are required, each one being used along a journey to realigned teeth. As a removable brace, they are taken out for eating and teeth may be brushed as normal. However, these braces do need to be worn for around 20 hours a day and failure to do so simply prolongs the treatment time.
6 Month Smiles are a brand of clear fixed braces that are designed to make major improvements over a short time. Six Month Smiles has taken the best aspects of braces and modified the treatment and the materials to give adults a common-sense, cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle. The 6 Month Smiles braces are a set of components designed to minimally visible but have all the major advantages of fixed braces and yes, treatment time is an average of just 6 months!
Self Ligating Braces consist of brackets (placed on teeth) and archwire which is used to link the brackets together. The difference between self-ligating brackets and normal brackets is the way the wire connects to the bracket. The self-ligating braces use a slide mechanism to hold the archwire, thus reducing the amount of pressure exerted on the teeth.
Fixed Braces are the most common type of dental brace fitted by dentists because they are very effective and can correct all types of mis-alignments. Fixed braces can be fitted to any person regardless of age or sex so it is never too late to seek treatment. These braces can also be fitted to very small teeth where an aligner may not be able to properly grip the tooth. Also see our CERAMIC BRACES page
Lingual Braces are fitted to the REAR of the teeth and so for the most part are totally invisible. Inevitably, because they are more difficult to fit and also to adjust, they are usually the most expensive option when it comes to braces. However, the big benefit with lingual braces which do the same job as fixed braces, is that they are hidden which is a major cosmetic plus.
Fees are our best estimate only and may be more, depending on your situation