Orthodontics is the speciality of dentistry that is concerned with the treatment of improper bites and crooked teeth. Orthodontic treatment can help fix the patient’s teeth and set them in the right place. We usually use braces and clear aligners to set the patient’s teeth. In Orthodental we work on reconstructing the entire face rather than focusing only on teeth.
After a course of active orthodontic treatment, patients will typically wear retainers (orthodontic devices), which help to maintain the teeth in their improved positions while surrounding bone reforms around them. The retainers are generally worn full-time for a period, anywhere from just a few days to a year, then part-time (typically, nightly during sleep) for as long as the orthodontist recommends. It is possible for the teeth to stay aligned without regular retainer wear. However, there are many reasons teeth will crowd as a person ages, whether or not the individual ever experienced orthodontic treatment; thus there is no guarantee that teeth will stay aligned without retention. For this reason, many orthodontists prescribe night-time or part-time retainer wear for many years after orthodontic treatment (potentially for life). Adult orthodontic patients are more likely to need lifetime retention.
There are so many types of braces available in orthodontic – all claiming to offer the best results in the quickest of times.
We provide teeth straightening solutions for both adults and children. We offer a range of treatment options including those that are less visible than traditional appliances.
We take pride in working with the latest techniques so you can be sure you are receiving the most up-to-date treatments available to create your perfect smile.
Orthodental has a young, dynamic team of high professionals, with extensive training. This means a wealth of experience with complex orthodontic problems and a dedication to training and teaching. You can expect high-quality orthodontics, as well as an ongoing commitment to continual professional development for our team.
Metal braces/Traditional braces
These are the metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word “braces.” However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious “metal-mouth” braces that many adults remember. Plus, new heat-activated arch wires use your body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than in the past.
Pros: Least expensive type; coloured bands give our patients a chance to express themselves
Cons: Most noticeable type of braces.
Cosmetic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have clear brackets that blend into teeth. Sometimes even use tooth-coloured wires to be even less noticeable.
Pros: Less noticeable than metal braces; move teeth much faster than clear plastic aligners (Invisalign)
Cons: More expensive than metal braces; Brackets can stain easily if patients don’t care for them well.
Self-ligating braces look very similar to the traditional fixed braces that orthodontists have used to straighten teeth for decades. However, they are now available with clear or ceramic brackets, making them far more discreet.
They also use clips instead of elastic bands to hold the brace’s wire in place. This creates less friction and makes it easier for you to brush around your brace and keep your teeth clean during your orthodontic treatment.
Pros: Self-ligating braces can be used to effectively treat simple or complex problems.
They can also achieve precise results by giving your clinician complete control over the way your teeth move.
Cons: Clear self-ligating braces are not completely hidden. You will need to brush carefully around brackets and wires in order to keep your teeth clean
Invisalign consists of a series of 18 to 30 custom-made, mouth guard-like clear plastic aligners. The aligners are removable and are replaced every 2 weeks
Pros: Almost invisible; Patients can eat and drink whatever they want
Cons: Will not work for serious dental problems; only available for adults and teens, not children; more expensive option; can be easily lost and costly to replace; treatment may potentially take longer.
Strictly speaking, retainers aren’t braces. Instead of moving your teeth, their job is to hold them in their new position once your braces come off. They’re so important, though, that we think they’re always worth a mention.
We offer two types of retainers:
- Removable retainers consist of clear vacuum-formed mouth guards that snugly fit your teeth to hold them in position.
- Fixed retainers are thin 14-carat gold chain that is permanently attached behind your front teeth where they stop your teeth from moving 24 hours a day, seven days a week.