Fixed braces use small metal or ceramic brackets bonded to each tooth which are linked by a thin wire and held in place by elastic rings. The wire is adjusted over time to straighten your teeth.
Straightening your teeth with fixed braces will typically take between 6 and 22 months, depending on the complexity of the adjustments required for a perfect smile.
Once the fixed braces are in place, you will need to return approximately every 8 weeks for the wires to be adjusted.
Fixed brace treatment is relatively pain-free. There may be a little discomfort following the fitting and adjustments to the wire. However, this should pass quickly and a mild over-the-counter painkiller may be appropriate to use at this time.
It is important that you keep your appointments, follow all advice provided by your orthodontist and maintain exceptional oral hygiene during and after your treatment.
Braces are delicate appliances and it is advised to avoid hard, sticky or sweet food and drink whilst wearing the brace to prevent damage.
Used when minor corrections are required, removable braces are non-fixed braces consisting of a plastic plate with wires which allow the teeth to move gradually by applying gentle pressure.In general, treatment with removable braces takes less time than fixed braces. In some cases, removable braces are used in conjunction with fixed braces. Removable braces can be taken out of the mouth for cleaning, eating and for sport. But please follow individual instructions given at your fit appointment. Excellent oral hygiene is essential with removable braces. It is important that your brace is cleaned at least twice a day with water, and regularly soaked in Retainer Brite.
Removable retainers are given after treatment is finished. We give you written and verbal instructions when we take your brace off, this is a very important part of treatment.
There is no end date to wearing retainers at night, they are worn for as long as you want to maintain your new smile! Keeping the retainers clean is paramount. Brush daily , with a toothbrush and cold water and soak in Retainer Brite several times a week.
FIXED BONDED RETAINER
After some Orthodontic treatment, a fixed bonded retainer will be placed behind either/both upper and lower front teeth. These are bonded simply after the debond of fixed Orthodontic appliances or Invisalign treatment. They should be checked by your general dentist on regular basis.
A home tray system using Polar whitening gel. Simple quick impressions are taken to make the personalised bleaching trays. The whitening gel is used in the trays with over night wear for between 10-14 night. Multiple changes of shade can be achieved. Fillings and crowns will not change with the whitening, only natural teeth. Sensitivity can occur while using the bleaching gel, but will subside after whitening process is complete.