The Cygnet Guide to Orthodontic Treatment

Brace Treatment

Lets face it, very few of us are fortunate enough to be blessed with beautiful, straight teeth. For the rest of us a little help may be needed. This help can come in the form of a brace.

Do I need braces?

Orthodontics is the branch if dentistry which improves your smile by moving teeth and fixing overbites.  There are other treatments available which can help improve the smile, but the options available to you depends on the existing alignment of your teeth.  If you are unsure which treatment is best for you, a consultation with your dentist can clarify your treatment options.

Nowadays there are so many brace systems available, unlike the standard train-track metal braces many of us had to wear years ago.  There are many brace systems to suit different requirements, for some people only a few teeth need moving so a removable brace may be suited to them, for others they may have a more complex case where a fixed brace is needed to apply constant pressure to the teeth.  Also other factors are involved such as the patients job.  If the patient has a lot of public speaking they may be more suited to a removable brace.  The dentist will assess all these factors during the consultation and take these into consideration when preparing your treatment plan.

Orthodontic treatment is not just for crowded teeth but also great for missing teeth too.  It can also help to fix a bad bite and a misaligned jaw.  In fact it can help with a wide variety of problems.  So really as well as being a cosmetic treatment, its also for function too!

How much does Orthodontic treatment cost?

The fees depends on the type of brace needed and how complex the treatment is.  Some orthodontic treatment is available on NHS but the treatment plan needs to be sent for approval before treatment can commence.  Currently the NHS has strict guidelines for which treatment it approves, so it may be that the only option is to have the treatment carried out privately.  The NHS will only carry out the treatment free of charge if the patient is under 18 years old.

Does it matter how old you are to have braces?

Not having a great smile can affect anyone at any time so braces are not just an option for teenagers.  Different braces are available for different lifestyles, so you can be sure there is always a brace suited to each individual.

Once my teeth are straight, is treatment permanent?

Unfortunately teeth have a memory, so once treatment has finished it is important to retain the teeth’s new position.  This is either with a fixed or removable retainer, or in some cases both.  A fixed retainer is a small wire that is bonded behind your front 6 teeth holding the new position.  A removable retainer is a plastic tray which is worn at night.  Depending on how complex your treatment was, your dentist may advise using both.

To discuss brace treatment further speak to one of our dentists.  It may be that another treatment is more suited to you.  No treatment is obligatory and if you don’t ask you’ll never know.  Call us now or visit our informative website