What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the field of dentistry concerned with diagnosis, prevention and treatment of malocclusion. With the use of modern technology, orthodontic treatment can eliminate spaces, correct overlapping teeth, and move teeth into an improved position and so improve the bite.
When should you have Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is making the best of your teeth and improving the harmony of your mouth and jaws. Age is not a barrier to treatment. Orthodontics is frequently done during teenage years, however, because of the discreet and effective nature of lingual and aligner treatments such as Invisalign and Incognito, more and more adults are choosing to have treatment in order to enhance their appearance, dental health and improve their confidence.
Choosing you clinician
Orthodontics is a highly specialised area of dentistry and our Regent Dental Care team has trained for many years and treated many cases successfully. Orthodontic treatment can be complex and so you should always check your clinician is an expert in the field before starting treatment.
Orthodontic specialist training takes three years of full time training leading to a degree and a Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in the specialty of Orthodontics.
Before any treatment commences we will provide you with a full treatment plan detailing the costs and the procedure so you are in full control of your care.
When we first meet you we will discuss your needs and the pro’s and con’s of each treatment. In order to allow us to effectively plan your case we will need to complete a comprehensive orthodontic examination. This may require xrays. When we talk through the treatment options available to you we encourage you to ask any questions so you can decide what treatment is right for you.
What is the right solution for me?
At Regent Dental Care we are able to offer the full range of orthodontic treatment modalities. These include fixed braces worn on the front of the teeth, lingual braces, worn on the inside of the teeth, to clear aligner techniques. The right treatment for you depends on your needs; some of the possible solutions are explained here:
Fixed appliances are also known as ‘train tracks’ are small metal brackets that are individually glued to the surface of the teeth and linked together with wires. The wires are attached using coloured or non coloured elastics.
They can be worn by any age group and are available as NHS or Private treatment.
Clear or cosmetic braces consist of transparent or tooth-coloured brackets and provide a less conspicuous alternative to metal braces. They provide great results and are one of our most affordable aesthetic treatments, making them a popular choice.
For people looking for a completely discreet way to straighten their teeth Lingual braces offer a completely invisible option. Lingual braces place the brackets discretely on the back of the teeth, in the reverse fashion to traditional ‘train tracks,’ making it virtually impossible to see the treatment.
Incognito Lingual Braces
Incognito is the latest advance in lingual braces. The gold brackets are 100% fully customised to the inside of your teeth, enabling them to give a precise treatment result. The low profile bracket makes it one of the most comfortable lingual braces around.
Treatment can take up to two years, however most of our patients will notice an improvement in just a few months.
Incognito lingual braces are suitable for all age groups –children, adolescents and adults who want to correct their tooth position.
Incognito Lite Lingual Braces
For simple cases, we can straighten your front teeth in usually a matter of months.
If you would like to discuss the options available in more detail call us today on 01624 618618 to arrange your consultation. We will be able to discuss all your suitable options in detail and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment for straightening teeth in a discreet and comfortable way.
The Invisalign treatment consists of wearing a series of removable clear plastic dental aligners worn for between 20 to 22 hours a day, so they can easily be removed for eating and brushing.
A digital 3d treatment plan, known as ClinCheck© is custom made for your teeth and is available to view before you start treatment so you know what they will look like at the end of treatment. From the results of the ClinCheck©, your custom-made aligners are produced for you.
Once treatment starts, appointment intervals with the orthodontist are between every 6-8 weeks. The aligners apply gentle pressure in order to move your teeth over time, to a position prescribed by the orthodontist. In order to move the teeth effectively most treatments require small tooth coloured attachments to be placed on the teeth. These usually stay in place for the duration of treatment and may need to be replaced.
Since Invisalign braces are discreet and effective, they have become a popular method of teeth alignment among patients of all ages. With Invisalign dental treatment, patients can have that clean, straight smile that will improve their appearance, dental health and confidence.
If you would like to discuss the options available in more detail call us at 01624 618618 to arrange a consultation. We will be able to discuss all your suitable options in detail and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
When the brace is first fitted:
The teeth will feel tender for the first few days. This usually settles between 3-14 days. You can take a mild painkiller, the type that you would normally take for a headache.
The mouth and gums will also become sore after the brace is fitted. You can use wax or silicone on the brace to relieve any discomfort. Try to dry the brace first to help the wax stick to the brace.
Cleaning the Brace
With braces on, your teeth are more difficult to clean. Do not leave food on your braces. Brushing your teeth properly after every snack and meal will reduce the risk of decay and gum disease in addition to brushing your teeth every morning and night.
When brushing with fluoride toothpaste, do not rinse at the end of brushing, just spit any excess toothpaste out. You can use a daily 0.05% Sodium fluoride mouthrinse at a time other than brushing, to reduce the risk of permanent white marks appearing on the teeth.
Have your toothbrush available to brush after meals as well as at your orthodontic visits. You can use disclosing tablets or solution to check if your teeth are clean.
Interdental brushes are invaluable for keeping the brace clean. Your orthodontist will show you how to use these around the brace at the brace fitting appointment. Interdental brushes are available from Regent Dental Care and most supermarkets and chemists.
Eating and drinking
- Eating hard food or biting on large pieces of food may dislodge the brackets or bands and damage the wires.
- Avoid eating nuts and biting on nails or pencils. Cut hard vegetables or fruits into small pieces before eating them.
- Avoid food and drinks with high sugar content such as sweets and soft drinks as these can cause permanent white marks around the brace.
If you are wearing elastics as part of your treatment, you will need to wear them as instructed by your orthodontist. You can take a photo with your smart phone if you are concerned you may forget how to wear them. If you run out of elastics please telephone the practice and we can post some out to you.
Routine Dental Care
It is very important that you maintain your routine dental and hygiene appointments during your orthodontic treatment.
Sometimes a bracket or wire can become loose. If you experience problems between appointments please telephone the practice for advice or an extra appointment. Please telephone the practice on 01624 618618.