Laser Supported Orthodontic Treatments
Orthodontic treatment is used to reposition your teeth to improve their appearance, function or both. It also helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy by making teeth easier to clean after the treatment and spreading the pressure of your bite out evenly.
We use different appliances’ orthodontic treatment which puts gentle pressure on specific teeth to move them into the right place. The treatment time can be as short as a couple of months to up to two years, depending on the severity of the condition. Sometimes, if there isn’t enough room in your mouth for your teeth to be aligned properly, you may need to have teeth taken out before starting orthodontic treatment. If your condition is very severe, you may need to have jaw surgery to correct your bite, but this is very rare. During this time, we will monitor your teeth closely and make adjustments where needed. Orthodontic treatment is usually carried out during childhood, but adults can still have it.
We will refer you to our orthodontic specialist to have an orthodontic assessment. The best time for this is after your child lost their baby teeth, but before all their adult teeth come through it is usually around the age of 10 or 11. By this time, your child’s jaw will have grown enough for our orthodontist to see whether their new adult teeth have enough room to come through.
At your initial appointment, your orthodontist will do a detailed dental examination. You may have X-rays of your teeth taken. These show your orthodontist how your facial bones and teeth are developing. Your orthodontist may also take impressions of your teeth and take photographs.
Your treatment plan will be customized keeping in mind your treatment needs and social life and your orthodontist will take you through your options.
We use Low level laser therapy to decrease/eliminate the pain and increase the speed of repositioning of teeth without side effects.
Orthodontic treatment is mainly carried out with removable or fixed appliances.
Removable braces are made of plastic and usually have wire clips and springs to move specific teeth. They are most commonly used to move your upper teeth. You will need to take your brace out to clean it, but otherwise you should wear it at all other times, including mealtimes and at night.You may feel awkward at first to eat with a removable brace but it gets easier with practice.
We will explain how to clean and look after your brace by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Removable Invisalign Clear Aligners
Invisalign is an almost invisible way to straighten your teeth without wearing fixed braces. We use a series of clear plastic, removable custom-made aligners to move your teeth with Invisalign. You do not need to worry about food restrictions or difficulties with flossing and toothbrushing as you will remove your aligners before you eat and drink. This technology is also more comfortable, avoiding the mouth abrasions that can be caused by the metal and wires of conventional brace’s which can cause mouth abrasions, Invisalign is much more comfortable. Invisalign is less time consuming since you will need shorter appointments with us for the adjustments.
After the consultation, we take your impression with intraoral scanner and Invisalign uses 3-D computer imaging technology to design the complete treatment plan. We can see the treatment plan from the initial teeth positioning to the desired final positioning together with you. About ten days after taking your impression, your aligners will arrive and we will explain how to use and take care of your Invisalign aligners. You usually wear a set of aligners for a week or two weeks before having them replaced with a new aligners.
You will need to use your aligners between 21-22 hours a day. We advise you to remove them only for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.
Aligners are only suitable if you have all your adult teeth.
We sometimes call fixed braces ‘train tracks’ and they can be removed from your teeth only by your orthodontist when your treatment is finished. They are made of small brackets that are glued to your teeth with filling material and are joined together with a wire. Fixed braces are made of metal, plastic or ceramic. You may need to have small elastic bands attached to your brace – these are used to keep the wires in place and are often available in different colours. Fixed braces can be used on both your upper and lower teeth.
Depending on your treatment plan you may need to wear headgear with your brace. This is a frame with wires that come out of your mouth and attach your brace to a headband. The headgear is used to move your back teeth when your front teeth are being straightened. You may be asked to wear it only in the evening or at night. Although it can take some time to get used to, headgear is an essential part of orthodontic treatment for some people. Our orthodontist will show and explain this to you with photographs so you know what to expect.
We sometimes need to place an orthodontic mini-screw to help straighten your teeth more effectively. We place them mini-screws into your jawbone and they stay attached to your brace for several months. Our orthodontist will explain the procedure in detail.
Once the treatment is finished, we will remove the brackets and clean the filling material off your teeth. We will ask you to wear retainers that help your teeth not to move back towards their original positions.
We know that orthodontic treatment may not always suitable for everyone, in that case we will explain the options available to you.