Orthodontic dentistry is a way of straightening or moving teeth, to not only improve the appearance of the teeth, but to aid the long-term health by allowing easier cleaning. Although orthodontics can take longer than restorative options such as veneers, they have the advantage of avoiding ‘preparation’ or removal of the natural tooth tissue.
Many people have crowded or crooked teeth. Orthodontic treatment will straighten the teeth or move them into a better position. Traditionally fixed metal braces were the only option, however recently more and more systems have been developed which may be quicker and more aesthetically acceptable to our patients.
The Cosmetic Dental Clinic provides a range of Orthodontic treatments including:
Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are custom-made specifically for your teeth. As you replace each aligner every two weeks, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week, gradually moving towards the projected final position. Comfortable, clear and removable – Invisalign transforms your smile without disrupting your life and has been used by over 2.5 million people worldwide.
6 Months Smiles
Six Month Smiles short term orthodontic treatment is a modern twist on tried-and-tested orthodontics. Six Month Smiles has taken the best aspects of fixed braces and modified the treatment and the materials to give adults a common sense, cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle. The aim of the treatment is to rapidly align the front teeth using tooth coloured brackets and wires in the shortest time possible.
The Inman Aligner is designed for treating crowding or protrusion of the front teeth only. It is really fast, very safe and great value compared to other systems. With the patented Inman Aligner, your front teeth can be gently guided to an ideal position in a matter of weeks. Most cases complete in 6 -16 weeks and because it's removable you can take it out to fit with your lifestyle.
When the Orthodontic treatment is complete, the teeth need to be held in position for a period of time. This period is called retention, and the appliances that hold the teeth in place are called retainers.
The retainers hold newly straightened teeth in position while the surrounding gum and bone settles. The retainers can be removable or fixed depending on the original problem.
Even after retention, it is normal for minor tooth movements to happen throughout life, so no permanent guarantee can be given. However, it is unusual for teeth to alter enough to need further treatment and good retention habits should help to minimise this.