Ortho

Orthodontics

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the correction of misaligned teeth.

The aims of this treatment are to reposition the teeth so that appearance is improved and a good functional occlusion obtained.

Who Needs Orthodontic Treatment?

There are three main reasons for having orthodontic treatment. The first is to improve the appearance of the teeth and face. The second is to improve the health of the teeth and gums. The third main reason for having orthodontic treatment, is to improve function i.e. to make it easier to eat.

Orthodontic treatment typically begins between ages 8 and 14 but adults can also have braces.

A full assessment of your case will be carried out by your orthodontist who will plan a course of treatment specifically tailored to your needs. A typical consultation involves examination, impressions for study models and creation of a treatment plan.

Depending on your needs, you may be recommended one of the following types of braces:

Some discomfort may arise for a few days following the adjustment of your appliance. Occasionally patients find that the brace can rub the inside of their cheeks or lips and in these cases wax is used to relieve this. All patients receive a orthodontic care pack which has wax in it.

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

It is critical throughout your treatment and following treatment that you maintain a high level of oral health. You can do this by:

  • Regularly brushing (3 times daily)
  • Using fluoride mouth wash daily
  • Using inter-dental brushes daily
  • Maintaining a healthy low-sugar diet
  • Visiting your dentist regularly
  • Visiting your hygienist regularly

If you are interested in orthodontic treatment ask your dentist for further information or make an appointment with one of our Orthodontists at Dental Care Ireland.

Types of Braces

Invisalign
INVISALIGN™ CLEAR ALIGNERS

lnvisalignTM braces straighten teeth using a series of clear plastic aligners which are custom-made for your mouth. They are popular with adults as the aligners are removable and are barely visible.

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. For this reason they are very popular with adult patients.

Metal Braces
TRADITIONAL/METAL BRACES

Metal braces continue to be the most popular choice for children and adolescents. The individual brackets are cemented to each tooth and an archwire is attached to apply a gentle pressure to the teeth.

Orthodontics Practices

The following Dental Care Ireland practices currently offer braces & Invisalign services:

Orthodontics Knocklyon.

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