Treatments Options Overview
There are many options for aligning crooked teeth although dentists who are not specialist orthodontists usually know just one or two types of treatment. The truth is every mouth is different and one-size-fits-all orthodontics simply can’t deliver the best possible results.
At Embrace our specialist orthodontists offer a multiple choice of treatments to deliver the best clinical outcome for you and meet other concerns you might have.
Invisible braces have revolutionised teeth straightening for adults because they enable you to feel confident enough to smile more during treatment.
We offer two types of invisible braces — the first, lingual braces, use wires and brackets like traditional braces, the difference being that they go on the inside of the teeth next to the tongue. They can be used in simple and complex orthodontic cases.
Another type is Invisalign — these are worn for one to two weeks at a time over about a year. They can be removed for cleaning and eating but must be worn for 22 hours a day to achieve movement.
Fixed braces remain the most common type of orthodontic treatment and studies show that in 85 per cent of cases they deliver long lasting success. They come in a range of materials including stainless steel and ceramic, which are subtler in appearance. Ceramic or clear fixed braces are now so good that they are increasingly being chosen by adults.
To a large extent, your problem will dictate the kind of treatment we recommend. The first thing we will do is give you an assessment with a specialist orthodontist and establish what the cause of your problem is and whether you require simple or comprehensive treatment to treat you correctly.
Simple treatment is largely reserved for minor problems where the basic function of your dentition (the way your teeth have developed in your mouth) is close to ideal and where only minor adjustments need to be made to improve the appearance of your teeth.
Comprehensive treatment is usually more involved. Whilst the aim of all treatment is to produce a perfect smile and a correct and therefore stable fit (occlusion), the way this is done depends on careful diagnosis.
One of our specialist orthodontists will recommend the type of treatment most suited to deliver beautiful and permanent results in your mouth.