How Can I Know If I Need Fixed Appliances?
If you have a misaligned bite or crooked teeth then you may benefit from wearing fixed appliances. There are a variety of treatments that can be used to straighten teeth and to correct orthodontic problems, including fixed and removable appliances and retainers. To find out if orthodontic treatment will help, you will need to have a full clinical exam so our dentists may assess your teeth and jaws. We may take photos and impressions of your teeth, as well as dental x-rays. Our analysis of all the information gathered will enable us to recommend the most appropriate plan.
What Type of Appliances Could Be Used?
Each appliance prescribed by The Dental Group will be specific for your needs and is individually designed and fabricated to correct the position of your teeth or jaws. The type of appliance used is also dependant on age, as we approach childhood orthodontics very differently to adult orthodontics where the jaw is already fully developed. We do use both fixed and removable appliances and will always suggest the treatment we know will achieve optimal results for you. Removable appliances can produce a very good outcome, but they don’t always offer the same degree of precision that can be obtained with fixed appliances.
Which Type of Appliance is Most Discreet?
Removable appliances consisting of clear acrylic aligners are extremely popular, but newer fixed appliances can use small brackets made from ceramic and which are virtually invisible; these brackets are connected to thin, flexible and gentle wires. If we do suggest a fixed appliance, then there is no need to be concerned it will be highly visible or unsightly as the most up-to-date options are surprisingly discreet. As they remain in position all the time and are continually working to correct your tooth alignment, the length of treatment may be quite quick.