If you have been told that you need braces, then you may be wondering about the process, and how the dentist will fit your braces so that they help your teeth to realign themselves. Both children and adults have braces fitted, but the technical process of having braces put onto your teeth may still be a mystery to you. In fact, there are several steps which need to be completed when the dentist puts the braces onto your teeth.
Before the dentist fixes the braces in place, he needs to make sure that your mouth is completely clean. They will also want to make sure that you don’t have cavities or gum disease which could prevent the teeth from moving as the braces require them to. You may require a thorough scale & polish with the hygienist before the braces are fitted, as well as having any fillings on cavities you might have.
In some cases, when the dentist fits your braces, they may want to put a securing bracket into your mouth first. This is a circular ring of metal which will fit over one of your back teeth (not the wisdom teeth unless they need to be moved). This will be the securing point for the wire, and helps to keep the entire brace into position.
Once the brace is ready to be fitted, the dentist will start putting the brackets onto your teeth. This may require that the teeth be buffed to create a secure surface. Then, a small amount of dental glue is added to the surface of the teeth. Brackets are fitted to hold the wire in place. After fitting, the dentist will dry the bracket to ensure that it is secure.
When the brackets are dried and fully set, the dentist will slide a thin piece of metal wire around the edge of the teeth. This wire will be the right length and thickness to secure your teeth. The wire will be lined up with each bracket, and secured into position. Then, the dentist will go around your teeth, snapping the locks of your bracket closed, so that the wire is held in place.
The above process will vary depending on the exact system you go ahead with. We offer many types of braces that can treat many different problems. We offer free consultations to assess which options will be the most suitable to meet your needs.
Are you thinking about using Invisalign braces to correct misplaced teeth? When you are young, you don’t think about the cost of paying for braces, but most adults in the UK need to cover the cost of these devices, and work out the full price, before they start the process. The cost of having braces fitted will vary depending on how severe your case is.
Invisalign are a type of aligner, which depending on your case could involve a series of 30 aligners to be worn over a period of time. The longer it is expected to complete your case the more aligners in the series you will require, which will have an increase on the overall cost.
At the free consultation we will be able to give you an estimated treatment completion time, costs and how many aligners you will need to achieve your goals.
If you have decided that you want Invisalign braces, then you need to be aware of the process which is involved with this device, and how you should use it to get the most out of it. Invisalign is not a single brace, but is in fact a series of removable braces which looks similar to gum shields, and are called ‘aligners’. These are custom-made to fit your teeth, and are replaced approximately every fortnight (case dependant), with the aligners in a slightly different shape so that your teeth are moved gradually towards the designed placement. This can take a few months, or it can take more than a year. Naturally, the cost of this process will depend very much on how long it takes and how many aligners you need to complete your treatment.
One of the main benefits of Invisalign is fewer visits to the dentist office. When you leave you will be given a couple of series of the aligners which you will then need to change every few weeks to progress your treatment.
This is very much case dependent as no cases are identical. It will solely depend on how severe your teeth are. What we mean by this is how long it would take to have your teeth neatly aligned. Invisalign works on gradual movement so the aligner you are currently wearing will be gently moving your teeth a step closer to being straight. When the aligners start to feel not as snug as they once was, this will be a good indication you need the next aligner in the process (generally speaking, this will be every 2 weeks).
Invisalign does typically take longer than fixed braces but offers the main advantage that it is very discrete and can be taken out for eating, drinking and even on social occasions when you may need to deliver a speech! We always advise patients to wear the aligners for the majority of the day as the longer they are left out, the longer it will take for treatment to be completed.
We offer free invisalign consultations so we can examine your teeth and give you a time scale for how long it could take to be treated with Invisalign. We will also discuss other suitable options so you can make an informed decision on how you would like to proceed.
If you are coming to the end of an orthodontic treatment such as damon braces, then you will be getting to the stage of having your teeth whitened. As part of our standard orthodontic package we offer here, we do include free teeth whitening and free teeth recontouring. These treatments are really the finishing touches to ensure your smile is perfected.
The methods we offer are a safe way to really brighten your smile. We will always assess your dental health, teeth and gums to ensure that teeth whitening will be suitable for you. We always recommend that if you are thinking about having your teeth whitened, it is better to book in for a free consultation so we can discuss your needs and examine you, rather than buying an off the shelf DIY whitening kit.
If you have had any other kind of treatments with us, such as Dental Implants, teeth whitening is also included to really give you that finished smile you are after.
Quite often for patients who are looking into dental veneers, crowns or even white fillings, we discuss with our patients teeth whitening methods as the initial stage of their treatment, so we can do a shade match on the new crown or veneer etc, to ensure a natural matching smile is created.
If you have chosen to have orthodontic treatment to improve the appearance of your teeth, then it makes sense to have further treatments which can enhance that appearance. We are able to offer all of our customers a free home whitening service with our orthodontic packages, and we can also help you to keep your teeth white with additional whitening syringes (to top up your affect) and clean with our hygienist service. You can take the kit home, and whiten your teeth regularly to ensure that you have a bright and white smile you are proud of!
If you are interested in discussing your teeth straightening options (with free whitening afterwards), please do not hesitate to call us today and book your free consultation.
Do you need to have your teeth straightened, and are waiting to have braces fitted? You may have many questions for your dentist which you would like to be answered before you have the braces put onto your teeth, but which you were reluctant to ask at the free consultation. One question which worries everyone who needs to have braces fitted is how their teeth with be straightened through the use of a little bit of wire and metal. It may seem like an impossible task, but many people don’t realise how these little pieces come together to move teeth from what seem like fixed positions.
If you need to realign your teeth, then placement of the braces is essential. The little pieces of metal are fixed to each individual tooth by your dentist, and then attached to the wire in such a way that they are gently pushing the teeth. This is known as the ‘force’ of the brace. Pushing the teeth changes the structure of the tissue which keeps each tooth in place, known as ligaments, stretching it on one side and compressing it with the other (known as tension and compression respectively). This movement gently pushes against the bone, so that where the side is stretched, the jaw puts in new bone cells. This is the hidden force of the brace which helps to move the teeth.
When the dentist fixes the braces into place, they are using a natural system to push the teeth into their new alignment. Some of the teeth are there to help the brace move the teeth, while others are the focus of the movement. The way that the brace sits in the mouth decides how the teeth will move.
In the initial instance when you first have the braces, they may feel slightly strange and you may also experience discomfort. However, this should ease within a few days, and you can ease the process by applying ice and numbing agents to the gum, relieving the pain until the compression has a chance to do its job.
If you are interested in finding out more about our braces we offer, please do not hesitate to call us today and book your free consultation!