Regardless of your age, your smile makes one of the most significant first impressions. That is why it is important to wear your smile with confidence. Choosing an orthodontist is a critical decision. Orthodontists are dental specialists who are trained in correcting improperly aligned teeth and jaws.
Types of Braces
|Technological advances means that the days of “railway tracks?braces are over for discerning adults.
Clear braces - ceramic brackets and clear rubber bands make the braces blend with the teeth and are hardly noticeable.
These braces are popular with adults as they are less noticeable. Moreover the tiny rubber bands that hold the arch wire on to the ceramic brackets are often white or clear.
INVISALIGN INVISIBLE BRACES
What are Invisible Braces?
|These are braces that are glued on to the back of the teeth. As such they are truly invisible ! They are very popular with adults who because of their social or occupational requirements, do not want their braces to be visible. However they take a longer period to get used to - 2- 4 weeks compared to conventional metal braces or ceramic braces that are attached to the front of the teeth. Invisible braces are also clinically more challenging to do. This specialized orthodontic treatment is generally done by an experienced orthodontist.|
These are braces that are glued to the back of the teeth. As such they are truly invisible! They are very popular with adults who because of their social or occupational requirements, do not want their braces to be visible. However they take a longer period to get used to2-4 weeks compared to conventional braces. Invisible braces are also clinically more challenging to do.
Invisalign can get rid of the need for traditional metal-wire braces that have long been used in traditional orthodontic practice. The system utilizes the latest in computerized technology and three-dimensional modeling to generate a series of clear, see-through aligners or "clear braces". They are virtually unnoticeable, and are often referred to by many patients as "invisible braces". The clear aligners are specially fabricated to fit your teeth exactly, and over time, they move your teeth into a position that gives you a natural-looking, straight smile.
SO HOW DOES THE INVISALIGN SYSTEM WORK? IT'S SIMPLE:
|Metal braces are the most common type They are made of stainless steel. Modern metal braces are smaller ,less visible and more comfortable.
Colourful metal braces are very popular with teenagers and it has become a fashion statement for them. The colourful rubber rings can be changed at each appointment and we have a wide range of colours for you to choose from.
Damon Braces - Metal Self- legating brackets
This is a new revolutionary ligating system with excellent results and in most cases, there is no need for extractions. With its “sliding-doors system on the brackets, there is no need for those colourful ligatures
|The brackets are smaller and therefore less visible.
With no ligatures, there is less chance of impaction during eating.
They work faster with fewer adjustments and appointments and yet produce good results
|More costly than conventional metal braces|
Damon 3 braces
This is the latest type of Damon braces. It is part ceramic and part metal and hence less visible and more comfortable.
FAQs (Frequently asked questions)
Why straighten teeth ?
Straighter teeth looks better and enhances one’s smile. An attractive smile will enhance a person‘s self esteem and self image. In a modern society, an attractive smile is an important ingredient for social and career success.
Straighter teeth will help an individual bite, chew and speak more effectively. Moreover, straighter teeth will contribute to healthy teeth and gums as they are easier to clean.
A bad bite will also lead to abnormal wear of teeth as well as misalignment of the jaws. A misaligned jaw will lead to disfiguring facial asymmetry.
Why do I need braces ?
A beautiful smile is the greatest asset to your personality. Years of bad bite have resulted in severe attrition of his upper incisors and a disfiguring change of facial profile.
A bad bite may also lead to abnormal wear of teeth as well as misalignment of the jaws. A misaligned jaw will lead to disfiguring facial asymmetry
When should I start orthodontic treatment ?
A child should visit an orthodontist as early as 7 years old. This would enable the orthodontist to detect any early dental or jaw growth problems . Early interceptive orthodontic treatment will prevent serious bite problems from arising and it will make the later definitive treatment simpler and faster
Are extraction of teeth necessary ?
Not all cases require extraction. Usually the more severe cases of crowding require extraction. In the event of extraction, all the spaces will be closed by braces eventually.
Is it painful ?
Usually there is an initial wearing in period of a few days when the braces are installed. During this period there will be some discomfort. This discomfort will disappear after a few days. With modern advances in braces technology, the brackets are smaller and hence the level of discomfort is greatly reduced.
How long is the treatment ?
Treatment time will depend on the severity of the case. In most cases, the treatment time is between 1-2 years. Adult treatment will take a little bit longer compared to teenagers. The patient ‘s cooperation is important . Regular attendance for braces adjustment and compliance to the orthodontist instructions will result in a shorter treatment time. Because of better technology , most orthodontic treatment is about 18 months, about 6-9 months less than in the 1970s.
How are teeth moved ?
Teeth are moved when gentle forces are applied to them . The orthodontist uses a systems of brackets and arch wires to apply gentle forces on teeth and to control their 3 dimensional movements.
Is it very embarrassing to be seen wearing braces?
Orthodontics treatment is so prevalent in the modern society that most of our patients are surprised that their friends and colleagues hardly notice the braces in the mouth. And with modern ceramic braces and invisible braces, these issues are no longer relevant
WHY IS INVISALIGN BETTER THAN METAL BRACES?
metal braces are usually more painful and can cause irritation and inflammation of the gums and soft tissue. The elastic bands and tightening forces used with metal braces can often cause discomfort. Although there may be slight discomfort when you start wearing Invisalign aligners, in general, most users find them very comfortable.
this is probably one of the greatest advantages over traditional wire braces. You remove the aligners when you eat, thereby avoiding the problem of food getting trapped between wires and elastic bands. Invisalign also makes maintaining a good oral hygiene program much easier. With wire braces, cleaning your teeth is much more difficult - especially flossing between your teeth. The difficulty of flossing with metal braces means that most people will neglect this part of their cleaning, and this could lead to problems with bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay in the future.
the aligners are virtually invisible to anyone unless they get very close to you, so hardly anyone will even notice that you are having treatment. This is one of the main reasons that has encouraged 1000s of adults to use the Invisalign system, as it won't cause any disruption in their lifestyle.
CAN INVISALIGN BE USED FOR ALL ORTHODONTIC CASES?
For the majority of crooked teeth problems, including overbites, underbites, crowding, crossbites and gaps between your teeth, Invisalign works very well. However, more severe orthodontic cases, where teeth extraction is perhaps required, or there is a lot of movement needed, Invisalign may not be appropriate. During your free consultation, your dentist will be able to tell you if you are suitable for Invisalign. In very severe cases, traditional wire braces, friction-free Damon braces or lingual braces may need to be used to correct your tooth alignment.
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE?
- After an initial consultation and assessment of your smile and teeth alignment, your Invisalign dentist will take an impression (mould) of your teeth using a special "dental putty" and take several photographs of your teeth and smile from different angles.
- A 3Ddigital model of your teeth is then created at the Invisalign laboratory using a CT scanner.
- Using the latest patented software, the model is used as a basis to generate a simulation of your teeth movement from their current position to the final desired position.
- This simulation is then used as the basis to design your aligners, which are custom-made for your teeth and will be changed every two weeks as your teeth move little by little.
- Your newly fabricated aligners will then be sent back to your dentist, along with the 3D simulation, so that you can see for yourself the expected movement of your teeth over time.
- Your dentist will give you strict instructions on how to use the aligners. They must be worn for a minimum of 20 hours a day; the success of the treatment is highly dependent on your compliance as a patient and requires dedication.
- You will have regular checkups with your dentist to ensure that your treatment is going as initially planned.