Braces and Orthodontics

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Braces are necessary to avoid and prevent potential oral damage

The main purposes of advanced orthodontic treatment are to improve bite problems and create lined up teeth that look amazing. Our recommended luxe brace treatments will leave you feeling better about your appearance. Happy patients note renewed confidence and admiration.

 

Braces are the traditional "train track" braces that most people think of when they read about orthodontic treatment. They consist of small metal brackets which are fitted to the front of your teeth with a wire running between them kept in place by small elastic bands.

 

Metal Train track braces are still widely used and are very effective. However, modern technologies and techniques mean these braces are smaller, more comfortable and often faster than they used to be.

 

We will be happy to discuss these and other treatments options with you, to decide what is right for your individual needs.

Private treatment for children at any age


The British Orthodontic Society recommends children have their first orthodontic consultation between the ages of seven and 11 while their teeth and jaws are still developing. We can align the teeth and when necessary treat severe malocclusions.

-We aren’t restricted to only using certain types of braces to correct your child’s orthodontic problems

-Your child can be treated right away. There are no waiting lists for private treatment.

Appointments can be made in the evenings and after work or school




Orthodontic treatment for adults


Research shows more and more adults are turning to orthodontic treatment for the significant improvements it makes in both their personal and professional lives.

Dr Francesca Pasqualicchio treats lots of adult patients with discreet orthodontic treatment methods so they can enjoy the benefits of treatment without needing to feel self-conscious about wearing braces.




Treatment options


Developments in orthodontic technology have given adult patients more choice when it comes to teeth straightening options. No longer do you have to worry about being fitted with a mouth full of metal; these days orthodontic appliances are so discreet people won’t even know you’re having treatment.

Lingual braces: These braces use the same system as traditional metal braces but are fitted to the back surface of your teeth. This means no one can see them. At iCare Dental one of our most popular hidden brace systems are lingual braces. The lingual system can be used to treat a variety of orthodontic problems and are an extremely discreet way of straightening teeth compared with traditional metal braces. The lingual brace system is comprised of small brackets and archwires that are custom-made to fit the individual shape of your teeth. The metal brackets are bonded to the back of the teeth making them virtually invisible to other people.

The hidden braces that we offer at iCare Dental Clinic work in very much the same way as traditional braces to effectively straighten your teeth, but are probably the most invisible method we offer.

Ceramic low friction braces: these ceramic clear braces have the same colour as your teeth so they aren’t noticeable when fitted to the front of your teeth.

Traditional braces require elastic ties to hold wires in place, which can accumulate bacteria, stain or “yellow” during treatment and often require uncomfortable “tightening” that can hinder tooth movement and prolong treatment. In contrast, Low Friction Clear braces resist staining with the innovative “tieless” brackets and high-tech memory-shaped wires that eliminate the need for uncomfortable periodic “tightening.” With these braces, the wires move freely within the brackets for better oral hygiene and appearance, as well as fast, comfortable tooth movement.

Ceramic braces are fitted to the front of your teeth, and consist of subtle, clear or tooth coloured brackets with metal wires running through them. Ceramic braces are an attractive alternative to metal braces as they are much less noticeable. The brackets are a similar size and shape to metal brackets but are clear or tooth coloured and so blend in more.

Some people have ceramic braces if they are not suitable for Invisalign® (clear aligners) treatment (due to having more extreme irregularities of the teeth) but still want the option of a hidden or discreet brace during treatment.




Aftercare


Retainers are used to hold your teeth straight as a follow up after your treatment. They are important because they reduce the risk of teeth going crooked again. We recommend that they are worn for a minimum of one year, however, to achieve the best long terms results we do suggest that they are worn on a long term basis, as teeth can move throughout life.

We will recommend the most appropriate type of retainer to keep your teeth in position as there is a range of types available.

We will help you maintain your treatment results by designing a retainer specifically for your needs.

Once the teeth are straight and the braces have been removed, retainers will be provided to ensure that the teeth remain in their new position. Instructions regarding the retainers will be given at the time of fitting.

Retainers are an essential part of treatment without which the teeth can move away from their straightened position and back to their original position. The retainers can take the form of a fixed retainer or a removable retainer. Retainers are designed to be worn indefinitely as there may be movement of the teeth throughout life (even when braces have not been worn), especially of the lower front teeth.

Retainers will be checked for a period of 1 year but further appointments to maintain and check the retainers can be made after this time.