Braces are a popular orthodontic treatment undertaken by adults and children to align crooked teeth and misaligned jaw for health and cosmetic purposes. Braces are made from porcelain, ceramic or metal alloy; that is secured to the front of your teeth with dental adhesive by your orthodontist. Arch wires are attached through the brackets which creates tension on your teeth, gently moving them into the desired place. At every appointment, your orthodontist will make slight adjustments until your teeth have been perfectly aligned!
Orthodontic braces can be used to;
- Align your teeth
- Correct bite relationships (overbite, underbite and crossbite)
- Improve your smile and confidence
How do braces work?
At your first orthodontic consultation one of our brilliant orthodontists will generate a treatment plan that is specialised for your personal treatment!
Depending on your recommended time frame of treatment, your orthodontist will make small adjustments every few weeks until we have you smiling your best smile!
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How do I get the best results from my braces?
When your orthodontist fits your braces, they will explain that as the alignment of your teeth changes, your bite also needs to be aligned. In order to do this, you will be given elastic bands, commonly referred to as “elastics” that will attach to both the top and bottom rows of your braces. You will need to wear these elastics religiously except for when you are brushing your teeth and eating, that means even when you’re sleeping too! In order to get the best results from your braces, you must commit to wearing your elastics!
In addition to wearing your elastics, you must be committed to maintaining excellent oral hygiene throughout the duration of your treatment. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day or if needed after you eat, flossing your teeth and braces, and making sure you don’t consume anything that could damage your braces.
How long do braces need to be worn?
Braces are for all ages; children, teenagers and adults, so the duration of treatment vary for each individual. Typically however, braces are fitted for an average 18 -24 months. Your individual treatment time will be disclosed by your orthodontist when you have your first consultation.
Will braces impact the way I eat?
Some say that once you have braces fitted, your diet will have to change dramatically… but that is a myth!
You are able to continue to eat normally with braces; however you will need to avoid hard and sticky foods that have the potential to pop off a bracket or dislodge a wire.
For the first few weeks, you will want to stick to soft foods that can be easily chewed and swallowed, and once you get into the groove of wearing your braces, we recommend that you chop or slice any hard foods that you would normally bite down on, into small bite size pieces (for example, carrots, apples etc.).
How do braces compare to other treatments?
Braces are the most popular treatment that we provide to correct teeth alignment, but that’s not to say that they’re your only option! If you’re looking for a more discreet treatment, we offer Invisalign and Incognito treatments, which allow you to improve your smile without anyone ever knowing! Braces are often suited to children, teenagers and those who don’t mind if other people see that they’re in the process of orthodontic treatment.
How much do braces cost?
We believe you can never put a price on your smile, but we also understand that investing money into Orthodontic treatment is a big deal. That’s why we offer a variety of payment options and plans which can be discussed at your first consultation with your orthodontist! Each Orthodontic treatment will differ in price, but we can guarantee that the result will have you smiling.
We choose to treat our patients aesthetically by using clear upper braces. We have 2 options...
- Clear upper front 6 Spirit braces with metal side braces
- Great for those wanting to have coloured elastic ties placed on their braces
Self Ligating Braces
- Clear upper 10 braces with Self Ligating clips which hold the wire in place
- The Self Ligating upper braces are a more aesthetic option; the brace blends in with your tooth colour,does not require elastic ties to hold the wire in place and can be more comfortable during orthodontic adjustments.
Elastics or rubber bands are used to correct bite problems with braces and Invisalign.
Expansion plates are used for patients whose upper jaw is narrow. They gently widen the upper jaw.
Thumb crib plate
These are for people who require assistance with a thumb sucking habit.