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Many of us are keen to straighten our teeth for any number of reasons

Whether you are looking to straighten crooked teeth, close unsightly or improve your bite, braces are the most commonly used, effective and safe way to move teeth-helping to improve the look, function and overall oral health of your mouth.

Braces are most commonly used in younger patients- as this is when bite and misalignments issues are first detected. During the younger years, braces are generally very effective and can help to treat issues quickly and with a high success rate. Orthodontic treatment in the younger years can also often help improve facial features including the jaw, lips and cheeks and any problems with speech.

Today, tooth straightening has become increasingly popular in adults who are also looking to improve the appearance of their teeth. Many never benefitted from orthodontic treatment in childhood or may have been put off by the thought of many years wearing noticeable and uncomfortable metal braces. Others have found that orthodontic treatment carried out in childhood has relapsed overtime.

Today, fixed metal braces are no longer the only way to beautiful, straight teeth. Instead there are a number of highly discreet systems. Some incorporate white or clear materials which blend in with the natural tooth colour while others are completely invisible- unless you choose to point them out.

If suitable, patients can opt for removable braces which offer the optimum in convenience and minimal encroachment on daily life. Likewise, many fixed braces now offer much short treatment times.

Overall, modern orthodontic treatments are more comfortable, faster working and cost effective than you might have ever imagined.

Which brace is for me?

Fixed braces:

NHS fixed braces comprise of metal brackets which are attached directly to the surface of the teeth with a dental adhesive. Thin metal wires are inserted through the brackets and held in place with elastics. Over time this wire is bent and shaped to encourage your teeth to move. As the wire slowly returns to its original shape it pulls the teeth with it moving them slowly to the desired position. In the first year of treatment the crown of your tooth is moved first while in subsequent years, treatment focuses on the root- moving these so that they are in line.

For a more discreet type of fixed brace, lingual braces can be attached to the inside surfaces of the teeth.

Removable braces:

In a removable brace a plastic arch fits into the top of the mouth with wires attached as required. As the wires hold the teeth, the plastic arch expands slowly overtime pushing teeth to their desired positions.

It is important that removable braces are worn for as long as possible during the day (at least 22 hours). You should only remove them for cleaning, eating, sports or playing musical instruments.

Treatment with braces:

Before treatment: Your teeth will be thoroughly checked for any decay and/or gum problems before fitting to make sure they are all strong and healthy.

It’s likely that x-rays, photos and impressions will be taken for use before and during your treatment.

If removal of a tooth or teeth is required this will be done prior to the fitting of your brace. Elastic separators may also be placed in advance to create space around your teeth.

During treatment: You will need to attend regular check-ups (at least every 4-8 weeks) so that your brace can be checked and adjusted. Regular check-ups will also help ensure that your treatment is on course to finish as and when expected.

After treatment: While every case is different, the average treatment time for fixed braces is between 2 and 3 years. When treatment is finished you will be invited along to a de-banding appointment where your fixed brace will be removed. After the brackets and wires are removed your teeth will be cleaned and polished.

Average treatment time for removable braces is generally less.

Remember to wear your retainer for as long as advised in order to keep your smile looking great.

Other things to consider:

Fixed brace accessories:

Occasionally the need for alternative accessories such as face masks, headgear and biteplates is required in order to positively enhance your treatment. Always use these items as instructed in order to ensure your treatment progresses in the correct way.

Retaining your beautiful new smile:

Teeth continue to move after any orthodontic treatment- any adult with relapsed straightened teeth will agree with this! For this reason, it is always recommended you wear a retainer.

We will advise you on the type required and the length of time you will need it.

A removable appliance can be supplied for use at night or a permanent lingual brace can be fitted to the inside surface of your teeth as a suitable and discreet long-term option.

Do braces hurt?

A brace can feel a little uncomfortable at times but normal painkillers should help with this. You may find that a softer diet helps

Please get in contact with us if the pain continues or gets worse.

With fixed braces, the wires and brackets can rub slightly on the inside of your cheeks and lips. Dental wax can be provided to help.

Looking after your teeth when you have braces

It is really important to look after your teeth well during any orthodontic treatment. Particularly with fixed braces, there is the increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease as food can get trapped and missed when cleaning your teeth.

Our team at Moopen Dental Care are waiting to talk to you today

Our Practice aims to provide dental care of a consistent quality for all patients. Our staff members have a Job Description that defines their responsibilities when looking after you.

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01604 722 733

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