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Types of braces
Published on 07 August 2017 by Dr Ian Arad, Specialist Orthodontist, updated on 07 August 2017
Today's orthodontics offer more kinds of braces than ever before. Braces are constantly improving and there are some that are so discreet that you will have difficulty even spotting them. At One Stop Doctors we offer a range of braces that offers our patients a variety of choice and importantly, great results. Here are some of the different brace options that we are proud to offer our patients:
Ceramic braces are fixed braces consisting of brackets that are made from a translucent material that blends with and matches your teeth, providing virtually unnoticeable treatment and allows you to smile confidently during treatment. These braces are much more discreet and deliver the same high-quality results as traditional metal braces. The ceramic braces are combined with tooth coloured brackets helping to ensure these braces are as inconspicuous as possible.
The pros of ceramic braces • Ceramic braces are less noticeable than metal braces • Ceramic braces can be used to effectively treat simple or complex problems • They can also achieve precise results by giving your clinician complete control over the way your teeth move
The cons of ceramic braces • Ceramic braces are not completely hidden • You will need to brush carefully around brackets and wires to keep your teeth clean • They may not be recommended for lower teeth, especially if you have a deep bite as the hard ceramic material could damage the teeth
Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners to straighten teeth without the use of typical metal braces. They’re a series of clear, almost invisible aligners that are manufactured for your teeth and are changed every one-two weeks. Throughout treatment, you continue to replace your aligners until your teeth have straightened. In addition, 3D computer imaging provides a prediction of the movement your teeth will take throughout your treatment, which makes it easier to predict the length of your treatment and schedule regular check-ups.
The pros of Invisalign • Invisalign treatment is inconspicuous and discreet • Invisalign can be removed for eating, drinking and teeth brushing • You can have all the foods that would be difficult to eat with a fixed brace on • Your clinician will be able to show you a digital representation of how your teeth will look at the end of your treatment
The cons of Invisalign • Invisalign is only effective if you’re wearing your aligners for the recommended amount of time • Invisalign may not be suitable for all cases
Incognito Hidden Braces
Incognito braces is the ultimate option for patients wanting “invisible” brace treatment. They are placed behind the teeth ensuring that they are hidden from view and that no one can see them. Your Incognito brace will look and function just like a fixed brace, using brackets and wires to gradually move your teeth. Incognito brackets are designed to be comfortable and to perfectly conform to the shape of your teeth making them easy to wear. Each bracket is cast from gold and the surfaces are highly polished for your comfort. The use of gold makes this treatment ideal for anyone who has nickel allergies.
The pros of Incognito braces • They are completely hidden from sight • Incognito braces can treat a range of cases, from teeth that are slightly crowded to complex bite problems • Each bracket is individually designed using 3D technology to precisely fit the back of each tooth
The cons of Incognito braces • It can take a few days for your tongue and mouth to adapt to your brace and it may rub at first • Incognito braces require a high degree of skill and specialist materials, and so is usually more expensive than other braces.
If you are looking for expert advice and treatment for teeth straightening, why not book a consultation with Ian Arad by calling 0800 852 1234.