Types of braces

Don’t be fooled by what you’ve seen and heard about braces – there are lots of options and technology improves all the time!

The SPEED System – Self-ligating braces

These are our appliance of choice! We like them so much we import them from Canada. They’re smaller and more comfortable than standard metal braces, plus they’re easier to keep clean.

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Self-ligating means that the braces have a ‘spring clip’ that holds the wire, instead of the elastic bands you find in traditional braces. It means that each tooth experiences less pressure, which makes it more comfortable for you. Because the braces are smaller, they’re more discreet and less likely to trap food so it’s easier for you to keep your mouth clean during your treatment.

SPEED braces also have the distinct advantage of being much more efficient, so they can reduce your treatment time.

Invisalign

Invisalign appliances have no metal in them, making them invisible, removable and hygienic.

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Treatment usually takes 9-15 months, and consists of a set of aligners that’s worn for about two weeks, then replaced with another, to move the teeth little-by-little into place. You can eat, drink, and brush your teeth as normal.

However, Invisalign isn’t suitable for everyone. It’s an effective treatment for some simple conditions but we’ll be able to tell you after a consultation if it’s right for you.

Twin Blocks

If your child has a lower jaw that is set back from their upper jaw, Mark or Andrew may suggest using a removable (ie; you can take them out) appliance called a twin block.

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A twin block is made up of upper and lower parts which work together to restrain forward growth of the upper jaw, while allowing forward growth of the lower jaw, to allow the lower jaw to catch up.

A protrusion of the upper teeth can result from the upper teeth and / or jaw being forward, or from the lower jaw being back ( undershot). In most situations there is a combination of both, but predominately lower jaw back.

A twin block works best when used in actively growing patients for very specific bite problems.

The appliances are worn full time for approximately 12 months as part of the jaw corrective phase of treatment, and are always followed by braces and a retainer.

This treatment, when used in specific situations, may prevent the need for jaw surgery.

Click here to download our instruction sheet on using and looking after the twin blocks.

 

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces need a little more care than metal braces, but the benefit is that they’re less visible.

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Wearing braces is certainly nothing to be ashamed of, but if you’ve got real concerns with your appearance while we straighten out your smile, they might be a solution for you. They’re discreet but strong and durable – and they work just as well as normal braces.

They’re made of a translucent ceramic material that blends in with your teeth’s natural colour. We only apply them to the upper teeth; you’ll have speed braces on your bottom row.