Orthodontics | Braces
Orthodontics refers to the process of moving teeth into a better position and is ideal if you have crowded teeth or gaps in between teeth. There is no real age limit for orthodontics so in most cases as long as your teeth and gums are healthy they can be straightened.
At Field House Dental Practice we offer a wide range of modern orthodontic treatments to move the teeth - resulting in quicker and more comfortable treatment times.
Aesthetic orthodontics is solely concerned with the appearance of your front teeth. This can result in much quicker treatment times but might not be suitable for everyone.
Comprehensive orthodontics is all about giving you a smile and a bite that is as close to 'ideal' as possible. Although it normally takes a little longer, the cosmetic results may be superior to those of cosmetic orthodontics. It allows us to improve the function of your jaw and bite. In addition this may lead to a more stable long term outcome.
There are a large number of removable options but these only work if they are worn for the prescribed amount of time so you have to be quite disciplined. If you think this might not suit you then fixed braces may be a better solution for you and a number of different types are available as detailed on the relevant pages.
Please see the following pages where you will find some information about the types and style of braces which we offer patients at Field House Dental Practice. If you are interested in having your teeth straightened but are unsure about what might be the best option for you, please contact us to arrange a no charge consultation with one of our dentists who will help you to make the right choice.
Ceramic braces are fixed braces consisting of brackets that are made out of materials that can be entirely transparent and will allow the natural shade of the teeth to show through. Fixed braces are often a good option for straightening teeth as they allow the teeth to be repositioned more precisely, and using ceramic brackets helps to make this type of brace much less visible. The ceramic braces can be combined with tooth coloured or clear coloured wires, helping to ensure these braces are discreet as possible.
Damon braces are fixed braces that use a combination of memory wires and very low friction brackets to quickly move the teeth into the desired position. The brackets are smaller and flatter than conventional fixed braces which makes them more comfortable and because of the customised nature of the brace you won’t need to visit us so frequently! Damon braces can be used to treat a number of orthodontic problems including misaligned bites, gaps between teeth, overcrowding and crossbites.
Lingual orthodontics refers to the correction of crooked teeth by means of fixed braces bonded to the inner side of the teeth. So correct tooth positioning can be achieved without the braces being seen.
There is no age limit for lingual braces, provided the teeth and gums are relatively healthy. It is quite common to believe that braces are only suitable for children and adolescents. People tend to think “it’s too late for me to improve my smile”, but they are often mistaken as more and more adults, are having orthodontic treatment.
The clear alternative to fixed braces
Invisalign® is an innovative brace system that uses a series of clear plastic aligners that are virtually invisible. These are custom made to fit exactly over your teeth, and each set of aligners is replaced every two weeks to gently but effectively move your teeth into the position predetermined by your treatment plan.
The aligners are fully removable but need to be worn for 22 hours each day for treatment to be completed within the predicted timeframe.
The Inman Aligner is a removable brace that is ideal for straightening front teeth in a short space of time. It is a fantastic solution for patients who have crowding just affecting their from 4 to 6 teeth.
The system uses two nickel wire aligner bows that are powered by titanium coil springs. One bow is fitted across the front of the teeth while the other bow is fitted across the back of the teeth. The bows use opposing forces to squeeze the teeth into the correct positions.
Clear Aligners are an effective treatment for straightening small numbers of or individual teeth. Teeth are straightened using a set of custom-made, removable aligners which gradually move the teeth until they reach their optimum position.
Retainers are always used near the end of a course of orthodontic treatment. Retainers hold newly straightened teeth in place while the surrounding gum and bone adjusts to the new position of the teeth. The tissues around the roots take time to adjust to the new tooth positions and there is a particular risk of relapse in the early months after the brace is removed. Even in the longer term, some risk remains and the best advice is to continue retention indefinitely if at all possible.