Usually takes between 12 and 24 months, but may vary depending on patient.
Fixed metal braces have always been a popular option for straightening teeth, due to their effective and predictable results.
These are the most common form of appliance used in children.
The brace will be made up of small stainless steel brackets and attached onto the teeth using a composite resin.
The arch wire will run through special slots in the brackets which overtime will apply a force slowly straightening your teeth.
The archwire is tied to the slot, using elastics.
These elastics come in a range of colours.
Rather than using stainless steel, the attachments are made from a hard ceramic material to blend in with the tooth natural colour.
Which in turn produces a more aesthetically pleasing appliance which is more of an attractive option particularly for adults.
Traditional braces use “elastic bands” (ligatures) to secure an archwire into a slot in each bracket. Over time the bands can become discoloured or stretched – requiring a reqular visit to your orthodontist.
The problem can occur when food particles become trapped, making it difficult to clean.
However, our Self-ligating braces don’t use elastic bands, instead, they use mini metal clips to hold the archwire into the bracket (”Damon® System”), so less visit the clinic.
Removable braces are used to correct tooth positioning. These braces should only be taken out of the mouth as a precaution during certain activities or for cleaning.
Functional appliances are be used to treat problems with the position of the upper and lower jaw. Unless stated otherwise, you will need to wear them all of the time.