Types of Braces
Types Of Braces
Orthodontic treatment uses appliances to correct the position of the teeth. The four main types are:
Fixed braces, often known as “train tracks”, are small brackets attached to the front of each tooth with a dental adhesive, linked together by orthodontic wires. Fixed braces can be made of metal or aesthetic tooth-coloured ceramic. The teeth are gradually and accurately moved into position by regular adjustment. Treatment typically lasts 6-24 months, depending upon the problem.
Lingual Braces (Incognito™)
Lingual braces are fixed braces attached behind the teeth (on the tongue, or lingual side) so they are hidden from view. Many adults (and some teens) are choosing these for the excellent aesthetics.
The brand we use (Incognito™) is completely custom made for the best comfort and results. Treatment typically takes 6-24 months.
Clear Aligners (Invisalign™)
Invisalign™ are clear plastic braces that are almost unnoticeable when worn and very easy to adapt to. Although they are removable they do need to be worn for 20-22 hours a day in order to achieve the best results. They are ideal for less severe problems and can be worn by both teenagers and adults. Treatment typically takes take 6-18 months.
Retainers are an essential part of orthodontic treatment. Removable or fixed retainers are fitted once the treatment is complete to hold the teeth in the new position.
Retainers are a long term commitment if you wish to maintain the result.
An orthodontic assessment is required to determine the type of brace most suitable for your teeth, the costs and the estimated treatment time. We recommend all patients continue to see their general dentist for regular dental care throughout orthodontic treatment.
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