Traditional orthodontics consist of fixed or metal braces that are attached to the teeth using metal brackets combined with wires and elastics. Fixed braces are still widely used due to their versatility, even though there are now many more advanced orthodontic solutions available. The use of brackets enables orthodontists to precisely reposition the teeth in ways that aren't always possible with the more modern alternatives and can provide patients with the best possible results.
Fixed metal braces can treat most orthodontic problems however not everyone wants to wear fixed metal braces. Some people do not want metal braces showing, they can appear unsightly and make the person feel self-conscious, others find that the fixed braces sometimes dig into your cheeks and are uncomfortable. Also cleaning around fixed braces is more complicated and requires dedication and additional time.
So what are the alternatives?
To put it simply, clear aligners are a way of achieving a beautiful smile invisibly. The System is comprised of a number of different invisible methods that are used in conjunction with clear positioners.
The clear positioners are excellent at straightening out overlapping, crooked or gappy teeth, but they can’t solve every problem on their own. The important thing to remember is that although we use other methods as well as the clear positioners – they are all still invisible!
The clear positioners continue to be the main method of treatment. They are wafer thin and made of a transparent medical grade plastic. They are designed so that you wear each positioner for approximately two weeks. Little by little they gently move your teeth from their present to your desired position, as you work through the steps. They are very comfortable and don't impact on your speech, but importantly, are removable so you can take them out for an important business meeting or a hot date!
So you’re thinking of having treatment with clear aligners? Here’s what to do... Contact us for an appointment and we will be able to tell you everything you need to know. In the meantime, here’s a little bit of info.
You will have an initial consultation where we will answer your questions and have a look at your teeth. We will take an impression, some photographs and x-rays, so that a diagnosis can be carried out.
At your next appointment, we will discuss your treatment options with you.
Treatment is supplied in stages, so you will need to come back and see us every once in a while for a check up and a new impression, for your treatment to continue.
So now you know how easy it is, there's no excuse not to give us a call today!
Some further info for our patients...
Clear positioners are designed for your teeth specifically. They are, however, not supposed to fit perfectly – if they did, they wouldn’t be able to move your teeth! This means that they will feel very tight for the first day or two, until your teeth begin to move. But don’t worry, after a few days the positioners will become looser and easier to take out and put back in, which means they’re working nicely!
We supply the clear positioners in stages. Each stage consists of 8 steps on coded models of your teeth. The positioners must be worn in sequence, with each positioner worn for approximately 2 weeks, or once they have become loose. Each positioner will provide gradual movement, bringing your teeth closer to that perfect smile!
The positioners are removed for eating, and must also be taken out when drinking hot and fizzy drinks. Make sure you keep your positioners nice and clean with luke warm water and a soft bristle toothbrush. Please don’t use toothpaste as this may scratch and subsequently stain the positioner. Try to clean your teeth before putting them back in too. We suggest you soak your positioners in Retainer Brite or something similar, which will ensure that any nasty odours are taken care of.
Other invisible orthodontic methods must be looked after and cleaned carefully. Removable braces should be cleaned with luke warm water with a soft bristle toothbrush as well as soaked in Retainer Brite or something similar.
Extra care must be taken with fixed orthodontics, as they cannot be removed for eating and cleaning. Very hard and sticky foods should be avoided, as should food and drinks with a high sugar or acid content. A fixed brace should be cleaned with an orthodontic and an inter-dental toothbrush.
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