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.
Myobrace is a very different kind of orthodontic treatment, primarily for children, which straightens the teeth and aligns the jaws without using braces. Addressing those poor oral habits that cause crooked teeth, Myobrace is a removable appliance which is worn for 1-2 hours a day and while sleeping. While undergoing treatment, your child will also need to visit the practice every month so we can check on their progress and give them exercises to do at home.
Myobrace doesn’t only straighten teeth, it also improves dental development and posture. The results achieved with Myobrace are permanent, and a retainer will not usually need to be worn following treatment.
The younger a child starts treatment, the better. In fact, we can use Myobrace for children as young as three years old, as well for older children. The Myobrace website has plenty of interesting information and heaps of fun activities for kids that make the treatment process fun.
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.