Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry which corrects irregularities of the teeth and jaws. There are a variety of orthodontic options and, whatever your age, we will help you decide which one is right for you.
There are a number of factors that can affect a patient’s smile and the structure of their face. These include:
- Prolonged use of a dummy
- Thumb sucking
- Breathing through your mouth rather than your nose
- Crooked or unevenly spaced teeth
- Overbite or deep bite
- Narrow arch
- Protruding teeth
- Receding chin
- Asymmetrical face
The benefits in brief
- Enhances the look of your smile
- Helps your upper and lower teeth align correctly
- Can help improve eating and speaking
- Improves oral hygiene as straighter teeth are easier to clean
Fixed braces are the most commonly used type of brace. They usually consist of metal brackets with wires that are held in place with elastic bands. Over time, the thin wire pulls the teeth, so they are guided to their desired destination. Regular tightening appointments ensure teeth move in the right direction and as efficiently as possible.
This type of brace is used to move teeth precisely and predictably, offering a solution for problems such as gaps in your smile, rotated or crowded teeth, and misaligned upper and lower teeth.
More discreet fixed braces are also available with clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires.
Lingual braces are also fixed to the teeth and work in a similar way to conventional metal braces, but rather than being attached to the front of the teeth, they are stuck to the inside surface.
This custom-made, hidden brace is particularly suitable for adults and teenagers who may feel self-conscious about wearing a more obvious brace which runs across the front of their teeth.
Adult Orthodontics are more popular than ever thanks to more subtle methods of straightening teeth. When we think of braces, we no longer picture wires and metal brackets. Invisalign revolutionised orthodontics with its clear, removable aligners that are near invisible and very comfortable.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign works through small, gradual movements of the teeth. This is achieved through many different aligners, each to be worn for one week until the last set. Each set of aligners you wear gradually moves your teeth towards their desired position. Treatments can last between 7 weeks and 24 months, but it entirely depends on your own individual treatment.
The Donovan’s Dental Difference
Dr Donovan began studying orthodontics in 1991 and has gained extensive experience in this field. He believes, wherever possible, this kind of treatment should be carried out without having to extract teeth to improve the appearance of the smile and facial profile. He also works closely with osteopaths and chiropractors to achieve successful results.
Dr Donovan is committed to continuing to undertake further training to broaden his knowledge of orthodontics, helping you to benefit from the very latest techniques.