Orthodontics is the alignment of teeth using various appliances. They can be used to straighten crooked, twisted and crowded teeth and they also enable us to close or open spaces in some circumstances.
Orthodontics is most commonly carried out on children and adolescents. However orthodontics can be carried out at any age as long as teeth and supporting structures are sound. It is becoming increasingly popular in adults, especially clear aligner treatments.
A removable appliance is usually a mouth piece with clasps and cribs. This is usually used for simple tooth movements and deep bite reduction. Once the appliance has been fitted the patient will need to attend the surgery every 6-10 weeks for adjustments.
Fixed Appliances (Train Tracks)
Stainless steel fixed appliances consist of metal brackets and wires attached to the teeth to carry out tooth alignment and more complex tooth movements.
Ceramic fixed appliance consist of tooth coloured brackets and wires and are a better option for patients who wish to have less noticeable braces.
For a fixed appliance a patient needs to have good oral health. Once the appliance has been fitted the patient will need to attend the surgery every 6-10 weeks for adjustments.
All of the orthodontic appliances take around the same time to complete. Treatment time will vary depending of the severity of cases.