DEPARTMENT OF ORTHODONTICS
Why Orthodontic treatment?
An introduction to orthodontics for prospective patients
The goal of orthodontic treatment is to achieve harmony between the teeth and face, in other words, a beautiful smile. But there are added benefits too.. Crowded or protruding teeth may be more susceptible to decay as well as to gum disease and if your teeth do not meet properly you may suffer jaw problems
Seeing a Specialist
The MAcare Dental Hospital has a team of leading orthodontics at your service.
Your first consultation
At your first consultation, our orthodontic specialist will discuss with you what you would like to achieve. X-rays may be taken, not just of your teeth but of your mouth and jaws as well. Impressions and photographs may also be necessary. We want to have a complete understanding of how your jaw functions. We don’t begin treatment until the second appointment, giving you plenty of time to get to know us and have all your queries answered.
Being a specialist orthodontic facility committed to excellence, you can expect from us
- Clear explanations and choices
- Involvement in the treatment plan
- State-of-the-art techniques and materials
- An estimate of costs before treatment begins
- A friendly caring service with plenty of time for discussuion
When should treatment start?
For children, a first appointment is recommended between the ages of nine and ten. Each problem determines its own best time for intervention. However, an early examination allows your specialist to decide when treatment should begin for maximum improvement with least inconvenience and expense. Early intervention can prevent the development of any problem at a later stage. Age is no barrier to treatment and the practice treats many adult patients also.
Will it be uncomfortable?
There may be a few days at the start of the treatment when your mouth feels uncomfortable but this soon settles down.
What does treatment involve?
Orthodontics always involves wearing a brace (appliance). The aim of using braces is to use gentle and constant pressure in order to move your teeth into a new and straighter position. There are different types of braces and the one you will be instructed to wear will depend on the complexity of your orthodontic treatment.
The brace used in treatment will be one of the following types:
A removable brace is a plastic plate with delicate wires and springs attached. As the name suggests, this appliance can be removed for cleaning but is otherwise worn full time. All appliances are made in a special orthodontic laboratory. Fitting and adjusting the removable brace is relatively simple and will not take much time.
Removable braces incorporate various types of springs to tip and tilt the teeth into position but they are not able to apply rotational or bodily movement to teeth. Removable appliances are wore 24/7 (except when you are eating, swimming or playing contact sports) and are commonly wore as part of the more complex orthodontic treatments. Wearing a removable brace may produce more saliva in your mouth and you may find it harder to talk and swallow for a while, but these symptoms will rapidly disappear often within 24 hours.
Individual braces are stuck directly to the teeth and connected by flexible wires which are tightened at regular intervals. If a fixed brace is recommended, you may be able to choose between ceramic (tooth colored) or metal brackets. Fixed appliances are glued directly to the teeth, which is why they are called fixed braces and is not removable by the patient. They are individually constructed in the mouth and are highly sophisticated pieces of precision engineering.
With fixed braces, individual control of each tooth is possible which means that detailed positioning and a high standard of finish can be obtained. Fitting a adjusting fixed braces is a highly skilled and lengthy process. During the first few days of wearing your fixed brace, your teeth may feel tender to bite with and the brace will sometimes cause chaffing of the inside of lips and cheeks. This is usually considered normal and you will soon get used to the appliance and any tenderness will go and thereafter there will rarely be any problem. Fixed appliances cannot harm teeth in themselves but it is important to keep them constantly clean and they must at least be brushed after every meal.
They are braces worn on the upper and lower teeth at the same time. By connecting two removable braces, the power of the jaw muscles is applied to move the teeth in tandem and to make certain that the teeth bite is proper.
This is a much newer device which may be recommended for adult patients and some kids whose teeth need only a limited extent of realignment. It consists of a series of aligners, which look like thin transparent mouth guards. Sophisticated software provides the designs for the aligners based on how you want your teeth to look and these braces are worn over a period of 12 to 18 months. Invisalign treatment Is offered as an alternative to braces, mainly in the case of adults with completely formed teeth and jaw growth. Invisalign aligners are not noticeable, unlike conventional braces. They are more comfortable and can be removed for eating and brushing.
A recently introduced fixed brace which is fitted to the inside surfaces of the teeth where it is completely out of site and is thus invisible. This is a highly sophisticated appliance which requires expert fitting and adjustment and is available only on special request.
How long does treatment last?
A dramatic change can be achieved in a few months. However, treatment can take between one and two years, depending on the original problem. Appointments usually happen once in every 4 to 6 weeks. Once you are happy with the way your teeth looks, the brace can be replaced with a retainer. This may be either a fixed one or removable or a combination of both. Retainers are designed to stabilize your teeth in their new position. the removable should be worn for a minimum period of one year.
INSTRUCTIONS DURING TREATMENT
We believe that successful treatment is a result of effective team work between patient, dentist and orthodontist. Patients who adhere to the advice they are given will get the best results. During treatment period the following have to be followed:
- Do not make any attempts to remove a fixed brace because as their name suggests, they are fixed securely to your teeth and can be removed only with special instruments.
- All removable braces must be worn for a full 24 hours each day, the exception being when you are eating, cleaning your teeth and playing contact sports or swimming
- With removable braces we suggest that you use a mirror in order to check that all springs are placed in their correct positions when you are fitting your brace in your mouth.
- During the first few days of wearing your brace, your teeth may be tender to bite and you may also initially find eating and speaking a little difficult. However, there is no reason to worry because this is normal and the feeling will soon disappear once you get used tom wearing the brace.
- It is essential that your teeth, gums and brace must be kept perfectly clean. With a fixed brace you are advised to brush your teeth after every meal, in order to remove any remains of food from around the brace. The brace itself will not harm your teeth but if food is left around it, it may lead to tooth decay or gum disease. Brushing your teeth and brace will avoid the build up of plaque.
- Avoid eating any sticky or very hard food such as toffees, chewing gum or rock as this will damage or distort the brace. You should also limit the amount of fizzy and sugary drinks you have.
- When taking out a removable brace, always pull on the clips which are placed around the very back teeth.
- It is important that you look after your brace carefully. Any breakages or loss of a brace will prolong treatment
- Active fixed braces must never be worn for long periods of time without supervision. Regular appointments are necessary to monitor your treatment. Should you miss an appointment for any reason do contact our desk immediately to arrange a further appointment
- We recommend that patients wearing fixed braces should have a daily fluoride mouthwash