Adults are increasingly choosing orthodontic treatment to improve their looks. Braces can be easily fitted at any age. Braces are not just for children, and with new white braces, adult orthodontics is becoming trendy these days. Most patients exploring orthodontic therapy realize that a "Great Smile" will improve their overall facial appearance. They want the benefit of straight teeth but sometimes are hesitant to commit to braces that will show. For these aesthetically conscious adults, ceramic clear braces provide an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces. They can enjoy the process of orthodontia while retaining a natural smile.
Give yourself a smile that you are proud of
Having a beautiful smile can give you confidence when alongside your peers at work or friends and family. A pleasing dental appearance makes you feel positive about yourself, whether during job interviews, dealing with clients or customers at work, or when socialising.
There are times when you want to look your very best, such as weddings or ceremonies. if you try to hide your teeth when you smile for photos, Here, we provide treatment for people who are preparing for weddings, graduation ceremonies and future career changes. Please speak to a member of staff for more information.
White (ceramic) braces
Because ceramic braces are made of a translucent, clear material, they are highly popular with adults and even teens. clear braces can be used as a substitute for traditional metal braces. They are Far less noticeable than conventional metal braces. However, they are more fragile and since they are abrasive to tooth enamel, these brackets usually are used on the upper teeth. Depending on your bite, however, you may be able to use ceramic braces on your lower teeth. The ceramic braces that we use will not stain or discolour, so they will maintain the same attractive appearance throughout your entire treatment.
No Needles, No Drills, No Crowns, No Veneers
Veneers are an aggressive procedure where the surface layer of tooth structure is removed and replaced with porcelain. They can be a great treatment option for people who do not like the shape, colour, or position of their teeth. However, only a minimal amount of tooth structure can be removed until the operator reaches the pulp and thus requires root canal therapy. In many situations, it may be required to undergo orthodontics before your general dentist does your veneers. Consult with us to find the best treatment choice for you. By choosing orthodontic treatment to improve crooked or sticking out teeth, you can avoid the need to drill teeth down for crowns, caps or veneers. You will be left with your own natural looking teeth at the end of your treatment, instead of crowns and veneers that can sometimes look "false", and will need replacing over a lifetime.
Does orthodontist need to do anything before starting the treatment?
Yes, these are usually photos, radiographs, and impressions (moulds).
Will it be painful?
When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and your teeth may be tender to biting pressures for a few days (generally two to three). If the tenderness is severe, take paracetamol or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. The lips, cheeks, and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. Ask a member of staff and they will show you how to use wax.
Loosening of Teeth
Do not worry! It is normal. After starting the treatment, teeth first loosen so they can be moved. The teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new positions.
Care of Appliances
The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the rubber bands or other appliances as prescribed. Damaged appliances lengthen the treatment time.
Eating with Braces
For the first day you have braces, please eat a relatively soft diet. After that, you must remember to watch what you eat to avoid excessive breakage of your braces, which could lead to an increased treatment time.
Foods to Avoid
- Chewy foods: Toffees, boiled sweets, chewing gum, chocolate bars, hard rolls
- Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
- Sticky foods: caramels, gum
- Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
- Fizzy drinks, including diet drinks and excessive fruit juice
- Hard foods that may damage the teeth such as nuts, candy, crunchy apples, French bread etc
- Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.
It is important to brush your teeth and brace well three times per day and use fluoride toothpaste. Pay particular attention and brush where the gums meet the teeth. Brushing will take longer and you will be shown how to use inter-dental brushes to clean around your brackets. Use a daily fluoride mouthwash last thing at night after brushing, this has been shown to protect the enamel of the teeth.
IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP YOUR TEETH CLEAN AT ALL TIMES. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning or may end up with permanent scarring, white spots, and holes in your teeth. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a oral hygienist and/or periodontist during orthodontic treatment.
How long will it take to get them straight?
Normally treatment will take 12-24. Remember, failure to attend appointments or repeated breakages will lengthen treatment time.
How often will I see my orthodontist?
Normally, you will be seen every 6-8 weeks.
What do I do if my brace breaks?
Check your brace daily and call us as soon as possible for an appointment. If you repeatedly break the orthodontic treatment may be stopped.
Will I need retainer once treatment is finished?
Yes, you will need a retainer to hold the teeth in their final positions. Failure to do this will result in teeth getting crooked again. Retainer can be removable or fixed.
If you play sports, it is important that you tell us for special precautions. A protective mouth guard can be given for playing contact sports. In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, call us immediately for an appointment. In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness.
Loose Wire or Band
Do not be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose. This happens occasionally. If a wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (back of spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and carefully push the wire under the brackets. Simply get it out of the way. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the annoyance. Call us for an appointment to check and repair the appliances. If any piece comes off, save it and bring it with you to the office.