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Orthodontics » Conventional Braces

Conventional Dental BracesIf you have crooked teeth and/or a misaligned bite (an underbite or overbite), there are a variety of treatments that can help straighten your teeth, including braces and retainers.

The most commonly used type of orthodontic appliance is the conventional train track brace. This is a fitted appliance that cannot be removed, that will straighten your teeth in around 18 months.

The brace is made up of small brackets glued to each of your teeth with a special bonding agent. The brackets are handles used to hold your teeth and straighten them; the archwire, which runs through the brackets moves the teeth. The archwire is held in place by tiny elastic bands.

It usually takes about 18 months, occasionally longer, to straighten your teeth. "Traintrack" braces are very good at straightening teeth because you see a difference in the look of your teeth within a few months of wearing it. You will be required to attend an orthodontic review once a month. During this review we will change your wires, and elastics, and check the general condition of the brace. Our attending orthodontist usually works on the last Friday of the month, but is subject to change depending on holidays etc.

After your initial treatment, you will be required to wear a clear retainer to keep the teeth in position for up to 18 months. This is usually the case with all orthodontic treatment, even the Invisalign Braces.

We also do clear brackets that can be fitted with tooth coloured wires, to minimize the visibility of the brace. However, we recommend coming in to see our attending orthodontist to discuss any treatment options.

If you don’t like the idea of having a fitted brace, we also offer the Invisalign orthodontic system. Click here.

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