Orthodontic appliances (or braces)
- are custom-made
- prescribed and designed according to the problem being treated.
- apply gentle forces, using special wires, in a carefully controlled direction to precisely move the teeth through the supporting bone to a new more desirable position
Which are used to undertake simple tooth movements, they can be used in younger patients who may still have baby teeth present.
- are usually removable
- are also known as growth modification appliances
- can be used to guide the growth and development of jaws in children where there may be a mismatch in the size of their upper to lower jaws
- are bonded/cemented to the teeth for the duration of treatment.
- comprise small attachments (brackets and bands) linked together using special orthodontic wires
- are usually made of stainless steel, but tooth coloured brackets are also available as a more aesthetic alternative
- are normally fixed to the outside of teeth (labial appliances), but special fixed braces that are stuck to the inside of teeth (lingual appliances) are also available
Some patients may need to wear elastics to achieve the desired result. These can be applied and removed by the patient.
Definitely NOT! In general, having braces doesn’t “hurt”. It is possible however that after certain visits, such as when braces are first put on the teeth or when major adjustments are made, that some teeth become sensitive for a few days. In that case we recommend taking some regular painkillers and sticking with soft food.
It takes about 45minutes to fit the appliance.
Every individual is different but it is roughly 18 months- 2years.
Yes you can change your colours at each planned appointment.
- Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls,
- Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
- Sticky foods: toffees or chewy sweets e.g. chewits, chocolate éclairs, bon-bons, stick of rock or chewing gum!
- Hard foods: crusty bread, no crusts including pizza crusts, no boiled sweets or nuts.
- Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples (Cut apples into small pieces first before eating), carrots
- Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.
- You must limit your intake of sugary foods and fizzy drinks. The sugar and acid will likely lead to damage of the enamel on your teeth which might make marks or holes.
Call the practice, appointments can be made sooner to have the appliance fixed. This also makes it easier to run on time for your appointment – if bits needing fixing then sometimes we run late!
How often you come in depends upon the specific needs of your case. Most of our patients with braces will be seen every 6 to 10 weeks. However, if a particular situation justifies closer monitoring, visits will be scheduled accordingly. Younger patients kept under observation (without corrective appliances in their mouth), are seen every 9 to 18+ months depending on their dental development.
Absolutely. The initial discomfort after having the braces put on is minimal and should not prevent you from doing your regular activities.
YES, it is very important that you continue seeing your dentist regularly throughout your orthodontic treatment as per his/her recommendation.
Braces and most orthodontic appliances will not prevent your dentist from doing dental examinations and cleanings. If necessary, we can remove parts of the appliances if your dentist needs access to some teeth for specific interventions.
Yes. Wearing braces or most orthodontic appliances will not prevent you from doing sports. A mouth guard is advised
Yes, although this may require some adaptation at first due to changes with your embouchure. Braces shouldn’t prevent you from playing your favourite wind instrument.
No. If indicated, the replacement of any missing teeth will have to be done by your general dentist, planning for such procedure would have been talked about at the start of your treatment.