Dental braces are used in orthodontics to align teeth and their position with regard to a person’s bite. Teeth straightening braces are often used to correct underbites, overbites, crossbite and open bites, or crooked teeth and various other flaws of teeth and jaws, whether cosmetic or structural. Orthodontic braces are often used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances to widen the palate or jaws or otherwise shape the teeth and jaws. While they are mainly used on children and teenagers, however many adults also have treatment to straighten their crooked teeth or to approve their appearance.
For cosmetic reasons, clear or plastic braces can be used which are hardly noticeable. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, first go along to your dentist and get their advice. Your dentist can discuss your treatment options and if necessary refer you to an orthodontist.
Why choose orthodontic braces?
Any orthodontic problem may be classified as a malocclusion, or “bad bite.” Orthodontic braces can help these problems:
- An open bite
- An underbite
- Incorrect cross-arch overlapping or crossbite of teeth
- Misaligned, crooked, or crowded teeth
- Missing teeth
- Extra teeth
- Braces for crowded teeth
- Misaligned or incorrect jaw position
- A disorder of the jaw joint
- Open spacing between teeth
- Closed-spacing, overlapping, or crowding of teeth
What types of braces are available?
If dental braces are indeed the solution for you, your dentist will prescribe an appliance specific for your needs. The braces may consist of tooth coloured bands and wires or a series of clear aligners.
How do braces work?
In their entirety, braces work by applying continuous pressure over a period of time to slowly move teeth in a specific direction.
Does the age at which I get braces affect the success of treatment?
The mechanical process used to move teeth is the same at any age. So the benefits of orthodontic braces are available to both children and adults.
What care can I expect after the braces come off?
After your braces are taken off, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned, usually by our hygienist. Your orthodontist care specialist will also fit you with a retainer that helps teeth to maintain their new position after braces have been removed.