Off all the physical features your smile is one of the most Important.
A perfect smile represents confidence and success in both your private and professional life. You feel great knowing not only do you look amazing but that your smile is healthy smile. With straight teeth keeping them clean is easier so both your teeth and gums will be healthy for longer.
What is orthodontics?
The term itself comes from two Greek words: ’’ orthos ’’, which means right or correct and ’’ odon ’’, which is the Greek word for tooth. Orthodontics is a ’’special kind’’ of dentistry involving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The technical term for crooked, crowded of protruding teeth is ’’malocclusion’’, which means ’’bad bite’’. The practice of orthodontics involves the design, application, and control of corrective appliances, commonly called braces, to treat and correct these problems.
Causes of Orthodontics problems and need for treatment:
There are two general causes. Most malocclusions are INHERITED. Some of the results of heredity include crowding, spacing, extra or missing teeth, cleft palate and a wide variety of irregularities of the jaws and face. ACQUIRED causes may include thumb or finger sucking, tongue thrusting, breathing restrictions by tonsils and adenoids, accidents involving the teeth and face, dental disease and premature loss or primary or permanent teeth. Many of these problems affect facial appearance, as well as teeth. Restoration of the teeth, good dental care and fluoridation can help control some of these problems, as well as contribute to general dental health.
Results of Untreated Problems:
Untreated orthodontic problems may cause tooth decay, diseased gums, bone destruction, joint problems and loss of teeth. (More adults lose their teeth because of periodontal problems than because of decay.) Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping and other forms of dental injury. Sometimes, the increased cost of dental care resulting from an untreated malocclusion far exceeds the cost of orthodontic care.
What is lingual braces?
Lingual braces is a high-tech appliance for patients with all kinds of different malocclusions. It is completely invisible, easy to keep clean and the only one who knows you are having orthodontic treatment is you.
Lingual braces is it for me?
Would you like to improve your smile, optimize the health of your teeth and look amazing? Have you wanted to have a perfect smile but felt too self-conscious and embarrassed to have train track braces?
If your answer is yes then Lingual braces is for you.
When can I start orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment usually occurs at 3 different stages of life:
1. Early treatment: At 7 to 9 years of age some simple treatment may be undertaken if the pattern of the bite is causing some damage ( such as excessive wear or gum damage) to the newly erupted adult teeth. Between the ages of 10 and 12 years some treatment may be undertaken to correct some problems such as a narrow upper jaw and protrusion of the upper front teeth. In some instances with crowding of the teeth, some treatment at this time will mean that adult teeth do not have to be removed later to make room.
2.Teenage treatment: Most people are able to start orthodontic treatment once the last baby teeth are lost. This varies from about ages of 11 years to 16 years. Often this treatment involves a person with teeth that are too big to fit into their mouth neatly. Usually braces are used.
3. Adult Orthodontics: Orthodontics treatment can be successfully at any age. Recent years have seen tremendous increase in adult patients. In fact, today one out of every five patients is an adult.
How long does lingual orthodontics take?
The time varies from patient to patient. Because the braces are invisible, you don’t need to delay treatment until after an important event. Life can continue as normal. Each treatment is based on a comprehensive and individually personalized treatment plan and can take anywhere between 6 to 24 months.
Could you give me a Six Month smile?
A course of treatment in six months is only appropriate for mild problems. The six Month Smile is a marketing concept designed to attract patients who only want their front teeth moved. But this is not always in the best interests of the patient. Selective tooth movement may cause other problems in the future. So, six months is not something we can guarantee. What we can guarantee is what will provide you with the best treatment in the optimum time-frame.
How do the braces feel?
Just like normal braces, lingual braces may be uncomfortable for around 7 days. During this time you may:
. Take pain killers to reduce the discomfort.
. Place wax over the brackets to protect your tongue.
Will lingual orthodontic treatment affect my speech?
Most people do notice a temporary change in their speech. This generally improves after an initial period of adaptation. The new brackets we use minimize this problem.
IS Invisalign an option?
Invisalign or one of the other clear aligner systems is a good option if you only need some simple tooth movement. Some people want to see a dramatic improvement in both their smile and their bite and in these complex cases, Invisalign is not as effective.
Will I be able to clean my teeth?
Yes- in fact, you will need to spend more time keeping your teeth clean than normally . It is essential to maintain a good standard of oral hygiene.
What can I eat while I have braces on?
You will find that some foods are more difficult to eat and we recommend that you avoid them. Popcorn, nuts, chewing gum, crusty bread are examples of foods which might damage our braces. In the early days of treatment, you will find you may not want to eat anything too crunchy and soups and smoothies are likely to seem very appealing. Lettuce, spinach and anything stringy can get caught in the braces although some people don’t have a problem.
Prevention is the best cure.
1. WIRES STICKING INTO CHEEK.
Use the wax provided as necessary to manage any spots that feel sharp or rough. Soften the wax under warm water and place over the area. It will fall off by itself and need to be replaced (there is no problem with regard to swallowing it).
2. RUBBER COMES LOOSE.
Do not worry if a single rubber (module) or rubber chain comes loose or breaks. This will not affect the treatment. If the brace feels a little rough use some wax.
3. BRACE COMES LOOSE FROM A TOOTH.
This is best fixed at the next appointment. If it has rolled around or moved it can be easily positioned with light finger pressure. Avoid hard and sticky food.
Will not cause harm and is easily replaced at the next visit. The teeth are still moving and under treatment.
5. JAW EXPANDER COMES OUT.
Try to gently replace it and call the practice. If unable to, do not be too concerned. Although there may be some minor discomfort, it will not cause any harm.
During orthodontic treatment}
Some people are quite sensitive to the braces stuck on the teeth and they get ulcers where these touch the skin in your mouth. We have wax we can give you to help minimize the rubbing until your mouth gets used to it. Alternatively you can use some chewing gum to stick on the offending sharp bit until we can address it.
Yes you can play sport but we want you to wear a customized mouth guard to protect your teeth, lips, cheeks and braces.
Will my teeth stay in the same position after treatment is complete?
No orthodontist can guarantee the stability of orthodontic treatment without a retainer. We want your beautiful smile to last forever. So, at the end of treatment, you will be provided with retainers to protect our investment in your teeth.