Orthodontics Braces & Invisalign at Northumberland Institute of Dental Medicine, Dublin

Braces & Invisalign

Go wireless with clear aligners and no one will know
or use fixed braces.

Fixed braces are braces that cannot be removed for eating or cleaning purposes, as they are attached to the teeth and Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are custom-made specifically for your teeth.

Who Needs Braces?

Here are some examples of malaligned teeth that were improved with braces:
Crowding, Deep bite, Protrusive teeth, Crossbite

Each case is different. A full assessment will be carried out by our specialist orthodontist Dr. Lian O’Dwyer who will plan a course of treatment specifically tailored to your needs. A typical consultation involves examination, impressions for models and creation of a treatment plan. Depending on your needs, you may be recommended one of the following methods:

  • Fixed appliances i.e. “train-tracks”
  • Functional appliance (removable)
  • Invisalign®

This depends on the method used. While we will do the upmost to ensure you are comfortable throughout your treatment, some discomfort may arise for 3-5 days following the adjustment of a fixed or functional appliance. Some patients find that a brace rubs the inside of the cheeks or lips, and in this case wax will be provided.

Orthodontic treatment typically lasts 12-24 months depending on the severity and nature of the case. Following treatment, you will be advised to use a fixed or removable retainer to keep your teeth in their new position.

Types of Braces

Invisalign
INVISALIGN™ CLEAR ALIGNERS

Invisalign™ braces straighten teeth using a series of clear plastic aligners which are custom-made for your mouth.

Clear Ceramic Braces
CLEAR/CERAMIC BRACES

Ceramic or “clear braces” are tooth coloured so that they blend in with your teeth and are much less noticeable than metal braces.

Metal Braces
TRADITIONAL/METAL BRACES

The individual brackets are cemented to each tooth and an archwire is attached to apply a continuous gentle pressure to the teeth.

Functional appliances
FUNCTIONAL APPLIANCES

A functional appliance is a brace that is used in growing children to help reposition the lower jaw in a more forward position.

Caring For Braces

I’ve had my fixed brace attached, what now…..?

It is likely to be sore for about 3-5 days each time you have your brace adjusted. This is normal. If necessary, painkillers such as the ones you usually take for a headache may help. If the brace rubs against your lips or cheeks, we will give you some special wax to help this.

There are certain foods that should be avoided during brace treatment such as:

  • Sticky sweets, chewing gum, chocolate bars
  • Fizzy drinks, including diet drinks and excessive fruit juice

You also need to be very careful with hard foods such as apples, crusty rolls, nuts etc. If you are eating hard foods you need to break them down into smaller pieces rather than biting into them as this can knock the brackets off your teeth.

Caring for braces involves brushing your teeth and brace well three times per day and use a fluoride toothpaste. You will be shown how to use interdental brushes to clean around the brackets and under the wires and will be advised to use a daily fluoride mouthwash to help protect the enamel of the teeth. If you don’t brush properly around your brace you are in danger of developing gum inflammation as well as permanent marks or even cavities on the enamel around the edge of the braces.

Normally treatment will take 12-24 months but will vary according to how difficult the case is. Failure to attend appointments or repeated breakages will lengthen treatment time.

You will be seen every 6-8 weeks to have your brace tightened. If you run into any problems before your next scheduled appointment you should contact the clinic to organise to be seen as soon as possible.

Your new smile will enhance your appearance, increase your confidence and improve your dentition. Please look after your new smile as a lack of conscientious care can lead to staining, decay, gum problems and many more complications.

What Happens if….

You can easily remedy this with a piece of dental floss. Tie a small knot in the middle of the floss to help remove the food. Or use an “interproximal brush” or toothpick to dislodge food caught between your teeth and braces.

There are certain foods that should be avoided during brace treatment such as:

  • Sticky sweets, chewing gum, chocolate bars
  • Fizzy drinks, including diet drinks and excessive fruit juice

You also need to be very careful with hard foods such as apples, crusty rolls, nuts etc. If you are eating hard foods you need to break them down into smaller pieces rather than biting into them as this can knock the brackets off your teeth.

Brackets are the parts of braces attached to teeth with a special glue. We will usually position the brackets so that they are in the dead center of each tooth. Sometimes the bracket can be detached. For example, if you have eaten something hard or crunchy or if get a bang to the mouth while playing sports. If the bracket is loose or detached, it is best to call us so that we can advise you further.

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