Fixed Aesthetic Braces
A revolutionary combination of proven orthodontic techniques and modern materials, allow us to use almost invisible braces to gently straighten and align teeth in the shortest possible time. Many cases completed inside of six months.
We understand that patients can be unhappy with minor or severe crowding of top and bottom teeth. There are various ways to fix these problems and combining different services to achieve this is extremely effective. Our team works hard to create a very natural look with every case. This case was treated with fixed aesthetic braces, tooth whitening and bonding. Total treatment was completed in seven months.
The most conservative way to correct these problems is with orthodontics. Many patients have teeth repositioned with veneers and crowns, this process is irreversible and has serious implications on the long term prognosis of the teeth.
Metal braces/Traditional braces
These are the metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word “braces.” However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious “metal-mouth” braces than many adults remember. Plus, new heat-activated archwires use your body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than in the past.
Pros: Least expensive type; colored bands give kids a chance to express themselves.
Cons: Most noticeable type of braces.
Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to be even less noticeable.
Pros: Less noticeable than metal braces; move teeth much faster than clear plastic aligners (Invisalign).
Cons: More expensive than metal braces; Brackets can stain easily if patients don’t care for them well.
Lingual braces are the same as traditional metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of teeth.
Pros: Invisible from outside.
Cons: Difficult to clean; more expensive; not appropriate for severe cases; can be more uncomfortable at first; regular adjustments take longer and are more difficult than with traditional braces.
Invisalign consists of a series of 18 to 30 custom-made, mouth guard-like clear plastic aligners. The aligners are removable and are replaced every 2 weeks.
Pros: Almost invisible; Patients can eat and drink whatever they want.
Cons: Will not work for serious dental problems; only available for adults and teens, not children; more expensive option; can be easily lost and costly to replace; treatment may potentially take longer.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children get screened by an orthodontist at the age of 7 because early childhood is the best time for treatment. Some children require the use of Forsus appliances to correct difficult overbites, and these have largely replaced the use of headgear for braces. The Forsus appliance is a spring worn inside the cheeks that attaches to the braces in order to adjust the upper or lower jaw into position.
For patients who have overcrowded teeth, two options to remedy the problem are tooth extraction and palatal expansion. Tooth extraction was the preferred solution in the past, but modern orthodontists often recommend the wearing of a palatal expander for a period. This is a device that fits your palate and applies pressure to the back of your upper molars to gradually move your teeth farther apart. This expands your palate and makes it possible for other types of braces to be fitted to correct the position of your teeth.
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J-Bay Dental Studio
1 Flame Crescent
Jeffreys Bay, 6330
T: +27 (42) 293 1244