Braces have been around for a long time – and they have a proven track record of straightening teeth out really well.
The great thing is braces have also been modified to be more cosmetically acceptable. They are much smaller now, and move teeth more efficiently so treatment time is considerably less than what it used to be.
If braces are the best solution for your orthodontic problem, we can offer you tooth-coloured ceramic braces for your top front teeth. They are a nice alternative to full metal braces. We don’t put ceramic braces on bottom teeth because they wear the enamel on the top teeth when you put your teeth together.
Braces on the ‘inside’
If you just have a little crowding or overlap of your bottom front teeth, we can look at putting braces on the inside of your bottom front teeth so no one will know they are even there!
Invisalign makes use of clear plastic retainers (plates) to straighten teeth. Retainers are changed every two weeks, gradually moving teeth into their final positions.
They are a cosmetic alternative to braces.
However, because they do not grip teeth like braces do, they are not suitable for all bite problems.
Sometimes a short 3-6 month tidy-up period with braces is required if you or we think minor changes are still needed at the end of Invisalign treatment.
We’ve found some bad bites (particularly in children) can benefit from the use of removable plates. This may be an attractive alternative to braces in some patients.