There are a wide range of options available for straightening crooked teeth. The most common uses either a fixed or removable brace to which wires are attached which gently move the teeth into place. This work is carried out by a qualified ortodontist.
Other options exist, including clear braces such as invisalign. If you are interested in straighter teeth, ask your dentist about the options available to you.
Whilst the majority of patients are children, there has been a considerable increase in the number of adults receiving treatment in recent years due to new advancements in techniques and materials.
There are many types of appliance, ranging in colours and finishes. One of the exciting advancements is the clear appliances; near-invisible custom made aligners, which fit over the teeth and gradually moves them into the correct alignment. Other advances include tooth-coloured and clear fixed appliances, together with sophisticated planning technology that lets you see how your teeth are going to move before you undertake treatment.
To determine your Orthodontic needs, a variety of techniques are used including direct measurements, x-rays, study casts and photographs, to aid treatment planning.
Treatment is often lengthy, but once completed, Orthodontics can provide incredible results. Regular visits to your Orthodontist are needed, approximately every 8 weeks, to make adjustments to your appliance, monitor the progression of your treatment, and offer advice.