Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects irregularities of the teeth and jaws.
Treatment involves using a variety of appliances to move teeth to a better position by applying gentle forces. At Ivory Dental Care, we offer fixed braces and more discreet options such as Invisalign.
As well as enhancing the appearance of teeth, there are a number of other benefits to receiving orthodontic treatment. It can improve eating and speaking ability, as well as encouraging better oral hygiene as teeth become easier to clean in their straighter position.
Braces can be used successfully to treat a range of issues from crooked, crowded, overly spaced and twisted teeth.
These fast-acting fixed braces focus on the front six or eight teeth in your smile. Using clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires, these braces are discreet and use mild forces to gradually move teeth to the desired position.
Treatment time can vary as it depends on the person’s case. Mild misalignments can be addressed within a matter of weeks. We can best advise on how long we foresee the treatment taking. As the lab fees are low and treatment time is quick, these braces are very affordable.
This subtle treatment uses tailor-made aligners to gradually move your teeth to a neater position. Its main advantage being that the clear aligners are virtually invisible. They are also comfortable and can be taken out, so you can keep your teeth and gums clean, and there is no restriction on what you can eat.
This system uses 3D technology to produce the aligners, which are then changed weekly, so the movement of your teeth is precisely controlled. Treatment times are shorter and as there are no braces and wires, you’ll spend less time having adjustments.
It is important to keep your teeth and braces clean during orthodontic treatment. Use interdental brushes to get to all those tricky to reach places, particularly around the brackets. Also disclosing tablets can reveal leftover dental plaque, which you can then remove with your toothbrush. It’s a good idea to steer clear of sticky, chewy and sugary treats to reduce the risk of tooth decay.
After any type of orthodontic treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to keep your newly straightened teeth in line. There are two different types of retainer – either fixed or removable. A fixed retainer consists of a wire that is placed across the back of your teeth. This prevents them from moving back out of position. Removable braces are made using impressions of your teeth and are worn at night.