Orthodontics is a specialist field of dentistry that involves diagnosing a problem with teeth and jaws that are not positioned correctly. In most cases, the treatment required is either preventative, or corrective in nature. This usually involves braces.
Unfortunately, the image that comes to the mind of most people when you mention braces is those cumbersome chunks of metal that look more like a medieval torture device. Many years ago, that’s exactly what they were.
Today’s orthodontics are considerably less unsightly and aren’t as uncomfortable as their predecessors. Ace Dental orthodontics offer the perfect solution for any crooked smile. From the initial consultation until the final fitting, your teeth are in good hands.
Teenagers and young adults with braces often had to put up with derogatory names that came with these contraptions. Names like metal-mouth, grillz, and bear traps, to name a few. This type of teasing made those with braces self-conscious and uncomfortable.
Ace Dental have some fantastic alternatives to those horrible old metal braces that are discreet and a lot more comfortable.
The beauty of Invisalign braces is that they are almost invisible. They are a system of braces that are custom made to fit your teeth perfectly and gradually reposition your teeth until the desired result of a straight smile is achieved.
Invisalign braces can successfully straighten teeth that are crowded, crooked or unevenly spaced. Straightening your teeth with Invisalign braces will require several visits to the dentist with a new custom-made set of braces being made at each phase of the straightening process.
You can take your Invisalign braces out when you need to eat or brush your teeth making it considerably easier to maintain your oral hygiene regimen.
These braces are along the same lines as traditional braces with twist that means no one will ever know you are wearing them. They are placed behind your teeth, instead of the front of them so they are completely hidden from view. Lingual braces are fixed into place, so they can take a bit of getting used to and you will need to take extra care when cleaning your teeth – but the results are worth it.
Similar to Incognito Hidden Lingual Braces, Secret Smile Braces are also fixed to the back of your teeth instead of the front. The main difference is that Secret Smile Braces have been mainly designed to straighten the six front teeth on show when you smile. These are particularly effective at correcting an overcrowding tooth problem, closing gaps, aligning the gum line and protruding teeth.
Your first visit with your Ace Dental practitioner is to discuss the options available to you and to thoroughly examine your teeth, gums and jaw. We also take a 3D scan of your tooth to gain a complete picture. The 3D scan gives your dentist vital information and a clearer image of what needs to be done. It also makes it easier to put together a plan and a more accurate timeframe for your treatment.
Once the scans and examinations have been completed, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth. This imprint is sent to the lab so that your custom braces can be made.
The final visit is to have you fitted with your new braces. In the case of Invisalign, the dentist will give you instructions on how to use them at home and with fixed braces like Incognito or Secret Smile, you will be given care instructions.
At follow-up visits we’ll check the progress of your orthodontic treatment and make any necessary adjustments.
Being fitted with orthodontics is relatively painless, but you may feel a little pressure and discomfort for a short period of time. You may feel similar minor discomfort at each follow up visit when your braces are adjusted.
In the case of Invisalign you may experience some discomfort at the initial fitting and each time you are fitted with a new aligner but this will soon pass.
The length of time each patient needs to wear braces depends on the extent of the issue being corrected. You may also need to wear a fixed or removable retainer after your braces have been removed to prevent your teeth from shifting out of position.