Orthodontics

ABOUT ORTHODONTICS

  • A field of dentistry that corrects

  • Teeth misalignment (crooked, overcrowding teeth etc)

  • Jaw disharmony

  • Patient of all ages, not only children can do braces

  • How long? Every patient is different and it will be discussed during the 1st visit.

Benefits of Orthodontics (Braces)

  • Improve aesthetics and facial appearance

  • Improve quality of life and self-esteem

  • Enhance cleaning ability to maintain proper oral care

Treatment Process

1st visit (First consultation)

  • Relevant X-rays and study models taken

  • Treatment plan will be discussed with patient

       

2nd visit

  • Placement of braces

Monthly review

Removal of braces

Fabrication of retainers

 

 

Type of Braces

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-Ligating Braces use a special bracket that has a unique clip to hold the wires in place compared to the standard traditional braces that uses elastic bands to hold the wire in place.

Benefits of Self-Ligating Braces

  • Self-ligating braces enables speed with faster treatment time and fewer appointments for certain cases

  • Self-ligating braces provides better patient comfort and teeth stays cleaner

  • Self-ligating braces allows easier oral care compared to traditional braces  

Clear Braces

Clear braces uses the same orthodontic treatment techniques as having conventional metal braces. The main difference being that clear braces utilizes new bracket materials that are tooth-colored or transluent so that braces appears less visible. Rubber bands on ceramic braces may also be clear.

   

Benefits of Clear Braces

  • Translucent designed to blend in with teeth and thus fairly unnoticeable from distances and in photographs

  • Many find ceramic braces are more comfortable than metal and tends to be less irritating to the gums

  • Ceramic braces does not stain unlike composite brackets

Retainer

After active orthodontic treatment is completed, most patients will need to wear a retainer for a thereafter or a period of time. An orthodontic retainer is a device that is used to keep teeth in their new positions after braces or clear aligner treatment.

Benefits of Retainer

  • Fixed retainers are attached to the inner side of teeth so it is non-visible, more cosmetic and less intrusive

  • Removable retainers for better comfort and ease of eating and cleaning for Hawley retainers, does not cover the chewing surface of the teeth

Invisalign

Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear, virtually invisible custom-molded aligners. The course of treatment involves changing aligners to moving your teeth into straighter position step by step until you have a more beautiful smile. And unlike braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth as usual.

Benefits of Invisalign

  • Invisible thus no unwarranted attention to your mouth

  • Removable thus easy to eat, brush and floss

  • No brackets to catch food or plaque

  • Healthier gums from properly aligned teeth that help gums to "fit" tighter around each tooth

  • Easier cleanings in maintaining a good oral hygiene program that reduce chances of plaque buildup, tooth decay and periodontal disease

 

-Example type of braces

FAQ

1. Maintenance of Orthodontics (Braces)?

Brushing and flossing daily like natural teeth.
Routine check-up and professional cleaning by dentist like natural teeth.