Braces are orthodontic devices used to align teeth and position them to create an ideal bite. Apart from straightening teeth and creating an aesthetic smile, braces also help to improve function by treating various forms of malocclusions such as underbites, overbites, cross bites, open bites, deep bites etc. This improves masticatory function (ability to chew well) and even speech. Crowded teeth hinder the ability to clean well because of poor access to rotated or irregularly positioned teeth. More often than not, dental hygiene and health improves after teeth are aligned well within the dental arches.
We offer both metal and ceramic braces at our clinic.
The best time to schedule an orthodontic assessment for your child is when he/she is between 8-10 years old. At this age, we will be able to detect abnormalities in dental development early on, when the growth of their jaws can still be manipulated. Early orthodontic intervention helps prevent more serious problems from developing in future.
If you are an adult wishing to straighten your teeth or improve your bite, you can get braces at any age.
You are a suitable candidate for braces if you have no other pre-existing dental problems such as uncontrolled gum disease or dental caries. If you do, these need to be managed first. Having braces on with pre-existing dental disease can do more harm than good. It is important to get a thorough dental examination with x-rays taken to ensure that you are ready for orthodontic treatment.
The duration of treatment depends on several factors: the amount of tooth movement we are trying to achieve, the severity of crowding/spacing/malocclusion to begin with etc. As an estimate, most orthodontic treatment take between 12-24 months to complete. If you wish to complete your orthodontic treatment as quickly as possible, we can speed up this process with the use of Propel VPro+, a high frequency vibration device that accelerates tooth movement. This can be used in conjunction with Invisalign aligners as well.
Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth by using a custom-made series of aligners created for you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You simply pop a new set of aligners in approximately once every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won't even know you're straightening your teeth.
|Clear aligners are virtually invisible||Requires brackets and wires|
|Smooth comfortable plastic aligners||Wires can poke and irritate mouth|
|Aligners are removable for easy clean||Brushing and flossing requires more effort|
|Eat whatever you want||Many food restrictions|
Invisalign can be used to treat patients of any age. However, because the mechanics of Invisalign aligners differ from braces, it may not be as efficient in treating severe orthodontic problems.
The main contraindication for Invisalign is poor compliance. Because it is a removable appliance, its effectiveness depends heavily on how diligent the patient is with wearing the aligners for the required number of hours per day.
First, your dentist will take a 3D scan of your teeth, x-rays and a set of photos. This information will then be used to create a series of custom made Invisalign aligners. These aligners fit snugly over your teeth and exerts gentle pressure to move your teeth by a small amount each time. Most of the time, tooth-coloured attachments will be placed on your teeth to provide an additional surface for the aligners to push on, therefore having a greater degree of control over teeth movement. The aligners are changed once every 1-2 weeks, or as prescribed by your dentist.
Yes, simply remove your Invisalign aligners, then brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.