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Orthodontic treatment can improve your dental health and change your facial appearance for the better, and it can boost your self esteem. It can provide you with  the chance to participate in improving the way you look. Patients often feel more self confident even before treatment is completed.

Orthodontics is essentially the use of various retainers, brackets and wires to fix irregular bites or misaligned teeth. While there may be a cosmetic component for our patients wishing to pursue orthodontics, if left untreated, orthodontic problems can lead to painful jaw problems, headaches, gum disease or cavities if teeth  are overcrowded and are difficult to keep clean.

If it is determined that orthodontic treatment is right for you, Dr. Khadigth Mina can discuss what options are best and how long you can expect to wear your brace.

Gaps, Overlaps, Crowding, rotated teeth- these are just some of the things your teeth can do to ruin your smile. Fortunately, these are all conditions curable by orthodontic appliances, or braces. Braces are metal, ceramic devices that put tension on your teeth to shift them into a more desirable position.

Traditionally, braces have consisted of metal brackets and wires. However, some people have feared the idea of a “metal mouth” so much that they refuse to wear braces altogether missing out  on the possibility of a beautiful smile.

For this reason, orthodontic research began to focus on less visible options. This is how ceramic braces. The brackets blend in with the colour of the teeth, and cannot be seen from a mere metre away.
Ceramic braces consist of wires and clear, ceramic brackets. These brackets are glued to the front of your teeth. The wires(one for each set of teeth) are attached to the brackets with transparent, tiny elastics called ligatures.

Ceramic braces function just like traditional braces: the wire is shaped in to the ideal position of your teeth, then threaded through the brackets. As the wires struggle to get back to their original shape, they gradually pressure your teeth into that shape as well.
Your orthodontist will  tighten the wires every four to six weeks. You should see a nice, straight smile within one or two and a half years(though this  time period can be shorter or longer, depending on the severity of your problem).Once your braces come off, you will likely wear a retainer for six months to a year, to keep your teeth from shifting and make sure your new smile stays in place.

Ceramic braces do have some disadvantages, though:

  • Ceramic brackets are not as metal braces. Orthodontists often use brackets for more complex cases.

  • Ceramic brackets are slightly larger than metal brackets (though this is only noticeable close up).

  • Clear ligatures are more susceptible to stain(if you smoke, drink coffee etc).

  • Treatment takes slightly longer.

  • Ceramic braces are slightly more expensive.

The clear alternative to braces

Invisalign  uses a series of clear aligners that are custom –molded to fit you. Invisible aligners gradually reposition your teeth into a smile you’ll be proud of.

  • Remove your aligners to eat, brush and floss

  • Change aligners every two weeks

  • Your teeth move little by little

  • Regular progress checks with your dentist or orthodontist

  • Results often in 12 months.

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