Healthy teeth can be moved by applying continuous gentle forces. Braces are tools that deliver forces to the teeth. Orthodontists are trained in the science and craft of moving teeth with braces. An experienced orthodontist can choose the right brace to skillfully deliver the best result for you.
These are some of the braces we use:
The Invisalign system is the most evolved aligner brace on the market. It is discrete compared to fixed braces but not totally invisible. It is suitable for most adults & children.
The planning & delivery of the result is in the skill of the orthodontist, who uses the digital tools to design the aligners for predictability, efficiency & accuracy of your outcome. There is a misconception that the brace is automatically designed by a computer & therefore bypasses the clinicians' skills. What orthodontists can do with aligner design is very different from dentists or online companies. We not only improve smiles, but we also focus on bite correction. Even difficult cases can be treated with aligners and many have a better outcome than with fixed braces.
The process of design and manufacture accounts for the higher cost compared to fixed braces. They are more comfortable than fixed braces and allow better oral hygiene. Some treatments can take a little longer compared with fixed braces. But fewer surgery appointments are required provided patients wear their aligners religiously, at least 22 hours a day. There are no emergencies & long-distance treatment is possible with some remote monitoring for convenience.
CERAMIC FIXED BRACES
Ceramic braces are more discrete versions of the traditional silver braces. The Clarity Advanced is both aesthetic and practical. We use this bracket for adult patients and increasingly for older teenagers.
Fixed braces are simple and fully customised by the orthodontist at the time of fitting and adjustment. There is no prior design phase that requires a laboratory and can be fitted without delay. They are suitable for most orthodontic problems but not all. The treatment is reliable, time-efficient and cost-effective. Treatment requires regular 4-6 weekly appointments for adjustment. Fixed braces work reliably but require good compliance with hygiene. Emergencies or breakages are more likely than with aligners. Fixed braces tend to be more uncomfortable than aligners, particularly at the beginning.
SILVER FIXED BRACES
Traditional braces are ideal for most children; they are cost-effective and fun. There is a choice of rainbow-colours which can be changed at every visit. These have been used very successfully over the last 40 years to treat children.