Orthodontics is the study of moving teeth to maximise function and aesthetics. Teeth don’t all erupt in the same way, angle and position, which can result in deep bites, cross bites, misaligned teeth and even gaps between teeth.
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When it comes to correcting a misaligned smile, patients are often torn between the two popular options – Braces and Invisalign.
Although it is difficult to determine the best option before your consultation, both come with their own benefits.
Deciding which one is best for you will depend on a number of factors.
Many people find braces are easier to manage, because they don’t need to be removed when eating or drinking. This is a better option for patients who are less inclined to stick to the routine of removing and reinstalling the Invisalign aligners after each meal.
Patients of all ages can visit our clinic and our dentists are happy to assess and discuss your preferred option with you, whether it is a fixed brace or a removable appliance.
Braces are traditionally made of metal and attached to the outside of the teeth. Having said that, our clinic is equipped with various options, including ceramic and lingual (behind the teeth) braces to meet a range of patient demands.
The system of brackets and wires applies constant pressure to gradually move the teeth into their set position. It seemed, up until the start of the 21st Century, braces were the only option for those who needed to straighten and correct their teeth. However, the industry was transformed just before the year 2000 with the release of Invisalign.
Founded in 1997, this new treatment option sparked the cultural phenomenon as two Stanford students with no previous experience in orthodontics created the first effective metal-free alternative.
Invisalign treatment uses clear, plastic aligners. The aligners are made to order for each patient using a 3D scan of their mouth. The customised aligners are then made to move the teeth in small steps until the correct position is reached.
These removable, completely custom-designed trays, or aligners, are meticulously engineered from a highly elastic, transparent and clinically tested material for ultimate style, discretion, movement control and comfort throughout the treatment.
After an initial digital scan or dental imprint of your current teeth positions, a digital image of the desired final result is generated. Together these form the basis for the design of the aligners, which are changed every 1-2 weeks, gradually straightening your teeth and transforming your smile.