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Orthodontics

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

The benefits of orthodontics or orthodontic treatment can include a healthier mouth, a more aesthetically pleasing, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.

Dental Care Ireland has full Orthodontic services in the following practices:
Dental Care Ireland Swords
Dental Care Ireland Cabinteely
Dental Care Ireland Knocklyon
Northumberland Institute Of Dental MedicineĀ 
Dental Care Ireland Carlow
Callan DentalĀ 

Types of Orthodontic Treatment

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.

Main reasons for having orthodontic treatment:

Appearance

smile - Orhtodontics

Majority of time time, patients seek orthodontic treatment with the intention of improving their smile on an aesthetic level.

Function

Orthodontics

Another reason for having orthodontic treatment, is to improve the function of the teeth i.e. to make it easier to eat.

Health

White Teeth

Another reason why patients seek orthodontic treatment is to improve the health of the teeth and gums.

Frequently Asked Orthodontic Questions

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:

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.

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.

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