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Orthodontic FAQ's

Orthodontic FAQ's

If you're about to embark on something so life changing as orthodontic treatment or just thinking about it, then you'll no doubt be full of questions such as: Why should I have my teeth straightened? or Do braces hurt? Here you will find the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

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Invisalign full treatment

Invisalign

Invisalign is a removable brace system that uses a series of custom-moulded aligners to move your teeth. The great thing about Invisalign is that the aligners are transparent and invisible (no metal bands or wires), therefore nobody is going to realise that you are undergoing treatment – unless you tell them!

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Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen

Invisalign offers an aesthetic, more flexible way to give teenagers the confidence of a great smile, unlike traditional braces. Teenagers can continue to enjoy life without the restrictions that traditional fixed braces have.

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Invisalign Lite

Invisalign Lite

Invisalign Lite can treat patients with minor orthodontic problems. The treatment will usually include no more than 10 transparent aligners therefore typically making the cost and treatment time less than the Invisalign® treatment.

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Invisalign i7

Invisalign i7

Invisalign i7 can treat patients with minor orthodontic problems. The treatment will include no more than 7 transparent aligners with the option to have more aligners if the teeth require further movement. It is an aesthetic and convenient treatment for patients with minor crowding, spacing or orthodontic relapse.

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Lingual Appliances

Lingual Appliances

The word "lingual" originates from a Latin word meaning “tongue”. Lingual appliances are used to correct misaligned teeth and bite problems, using a fixed brace that has been bonded to the tongue side of the teeth.

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Fixed Appliances

Fixed bracket

Fixed appliances which are also commonly known as ‘train tracks’. They straighten the teeth using brackets which are stuck on to the teeth and a wire which is inserted through the brackets to create tension to move the teeth. Ceramic (tooth coloured), gold and silver brackets are available to suit each patients preference. Coloured ligatures can be placed over brackets and are popular with teenagers wanting to personalise their brace!

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Removable Appliances

Removable Appliances

Removable appliances are generally used to widen the upper or lower arch. The appliance is made of a plastic plate with metal wires inside the plastic creating a force to move the teeth. The appliance must be worn all the time except when playing sport and cleaning the teeth and appliance. Contact us to find out more about removable appliances.

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Twin Blocks or Functional Appliances

Twin blocks or functional appliances

Twin blocks or functional appliances can be used to correct receding jaws, goofy teeth or excess overjet. The appliance is made up of two blocks of plastic which encourage teeth and jaws to grow in a certain way. The treatment is usually used for growing patients..

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Retainers

Retainers

To make sure your new confident smile lasts for decades to come, you will have to use retainers, that way you will keep the smile that took time, skill and investment to create!

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