LIST OF ORTHODONTIC APPLIANCES:
This is the most common type of braces. A fixed brace has brackets, which are tiny blocks made out of metal or ceramic, and are then stuck onto your teeth. There are wires attached to these brackets to allow movement of the teeth & jaw. Your speech may sound different for the first few days after fitting the fixed brace. This is normal and it will gradually return to normal. Any attempt to remove the fixed braces without an orthodontist present may cause damage to your teeth.
There may be some soreness and discomfort inside the mouth initially but it will subside in 5 to 7 days. There may also be some toothache after fitting of the braces and after adjustment appointments in the future but you may find that taking painkillers (such as panadol) may help relieve the pain. Our orthodontist will provide you with a special wax that prevents the brace to rub against your tongue and/or the insides of your lips and cheeks.
Removable braces are braces that can be removed and inserted at any time. It is crucial, however for the removable brace to be worn at all times - day and night. Remove it only for meals, when you’re brushing your teeth, playing contact sports, or swimming. A brace box will be given to you to keep it during the times you are not wearing it. There may be slight soreness for the first few days after fitting in the removable brace. It will subside after a couple of days when your mouth gets comfortable with the brace.
Our orthodontist will demonstrate how to maintain and keep the brace clean, as well as the proper way to insert and remove it. Be gentle as you remove and insert the brace into your mouth. Clicking the brace in and out repeatedly with your tongue may cause the brace to break. In the event that your brace is broken or lost, please contact Avisienna Dental Clinic at the earliest for an appointment to replace it.
There are two types of functional appliances; fixed brace or removable brace. The aim of this is to improve the bite and help repositioning the teeth correctly by working on the upper and lower teeth. A common functional appliance is the Twin Block appliance - the brace holds your lower jaw forwards so that your face muscles are pulling back gently on your upper front teeth.
Similar to the other brace-types, a functional appliance may cause some soreness of the teeth as well as the facial muscles for the first few days. The soreness may subside gradually the more you wear the brace.
Aligners - One Smile Invisible Aligners:
Avisienna Orthodontists offer the best invisible aligners in the market - One Smile Invisible Aligners. They are an alternative to traditional fixed braces and are suitable for patients with minor tooth movements.
They are designed to correct slight misalignment of the teeth. The aligners are ‘invisible’ as they are clear and come in 3 different thicknesses. The aligners are removable for eating, drinking, doing active sports, and tooth-brushing. Using this type of brace allows you to enjoy your current lifestyle as maintaining it is very easy.
Our orthodontist will gladly help you come to a decision to see if this is a suitable treatment option for you; Please contact Aviesienna Dental Clinic to make an appointment for a consultation.
After completing your orthodontic treatment, a retention period begins. During this period,the teeth need to be held in their new positions to prevent them from relapsing whereby they move back to their original positions. The teeth are kept in their positions by using fixed or removable retainers. The type of retainer that is best for you will be advised by our experienced orthodontists.
A mouthguard should be worn at all times when engaging in contact and active sports in order to protect the braces, teeth, and gums from any possible trauma. A normal mouthguard may not fit over your braces as the teeth are moving during the orthodontic treatment.
In the case that you’d need a mouthguard during your orthodontic treatment, an individualized mouthguard can be made by our skilled orthodontists. This type of mouthguard is tailor-made using an impression of your teeth with your braces on. This allows for some movement of the teeth as well as making it comfortable for you to enjoy playing the sports.
- DO I NEED TO GO FOR A CONSULTATION FIRST?
Yes. The best course of treatment is determined by the orthodontist during yourconsultation. You are welcomed to contact us at any time at 011-578402 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your appointment.
- HOW MUCH DO BRACES COST?
The cost differs according to the type of orthodontic treatment and the complexity of the treatment. You will be advised of the total cost of your orthodontic treatment at your consultation visit. **Please note that procedures performed by the general dentist e.g. fillings and cleaning, extractions (for braces or otherwise) are separate and not included in the total orthodontic treatment cost.
- HOW LONG IS THE DURATION TO COMPLETE THE FULL TREAMENT?
It can take anytime between 1 to 2 and a half years. It depends on the complexity of the treatment.
- WHAT AGE IS SUITABLE FOR BRACES?
Although it is recommended to begin orthodontic treatment at an earlier age between 10 to 15 years old, braces are not only for kids. Braces help to correct many orthodontic problems that can be faced by all ages. Everybody deserves a beautiful smile no matter the age, so do not allow age to prevent you from seeking a consultation if you feel like you might need it. However, do bear in mind that an adult’s facial bones have fully grown, therefore certain corrections may require more than braces and may need surgery. Consult with our orthodontist to find out if this type of braces is suitable for you.
- I FINISHED MY TREATMENT BUT MY TEETH HAVE MOVED AGAIN, WHAT DO I DO?
Come in for a consultation with our orthodontist who will help examine the state of your teeth and decide on the next best step for you.