"Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry specialising in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities in order to achieve optimal function and aesthetics."

Thank you for visiting the Orthodontic section of the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry web site.

Orthodontic problems of the teeth and the face require specialised care. An orthodontist is a dentist who has undertaken further advanced training to specialise in orthodontics.

Your orthodontist will diagnose any dental and facial disharmony and with the use of corrective orthodontic appliances (braces) will guide your teeth into the most desirable position, to bring the teeth, lips and jaws into balance resulting in a healthy natural smile and achieve perfect facial balance.

The results of orthodontic treatment can be quite dramatic with beautiful smiles, improved dental health and enhanced quality of life. Anyone can benefit from orthodontic treatment with an ever-increasing number of adult patients seeking treatment. Advances in orthodontic technology have allowed the development of aesthetic "invisible" braces and shortened treatment times.

Our orthodontic practice is dedicated to providing the finest quality orthodontic treatment in a friendly, enjoyable and caring environment. It is our goal to create wonderful smiles, excellent bites and extremely satisfied patients.

Your First Visit

Our objective is to make sure your visits with us are pleasant and informative. Your initial appointment involves little more than an examination and a discussion of potential treatment options.

If it is determined that treatment is indicated, diagnostic records will be taken. These records usually consist of study models of your teeth, diagnostic photographs and orthodontic x-rays. Once these orthodontic records have been obtained your orthodontist will review them and determine a specific treatment plan for your orthodontic needs.

A copy of the treatment options will be given to you and your dentist. You will be given an opportunity to think about the various treatment options and decide if you wish to proceed with treatment. Should you wish to proceed, a series of appointments will be arranged to begin your brace treatment.

"Periodic visits are an important part of orthodontic treatment. Generally, we will want to see you every 4 to 8 weeks to check your progress and make adjustments to your braces."

During this time, you will need to keep appointments, follow instructions, be careful with your diet and practice good oral hygiene. Also continue to visit your dentist regularly.

The length of treatment may vary between 6 months and 2 years although very complex cases may take longer.

Once your braces are removed, retainers are provided to hold your teeth in their new positions until your bone, gums and muscles adapt to the new teeth positions. The retention period is an important part of your overall treatment. Retainers must be worn as instructed otherwise your teeth may relapse back towards their original positions.

Treatment Options

  • Fixed Appliances

Fixed appliances use constant, gentle pressure, which over time, move teeth into their ideal positions. The two main components of your braces are the brackets that are placed on your teeth and the main archwire that connects them. The bracket is a piece of shaped metal or ceramic that we affix to each tooth. The wire threads through the brackets and, as the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to move your teeth.

Metal braces are the most popular with kids and teenagers. They love using different colors of elastics. These braces are much smaller than ever before.

  • Aesthetic Appliances

Many patients do not want metal braces fixed to their teeth and there is an increasing demand for aesthetic orthodontic appliances. We specialise in aesthetic orthodontic appliance systems and can provide ceramic brackets, fixed lingual braces and the latest invisible aligners.

Types of Braces Overview

For a brief narrated overview of the different types of braces, please click on the image below. It will launch our flash educational Module in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about different types of braces.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are the most popular with adults although many young adolescent patients are now choosing this type of brace. The brackets may be tooth coloured or clear. You have to be very close to someone to be able to see them.

Lingual "Invisible" Braces

Lingual braces have brackets attached to the inside surface of the tooth where they can't be seen. Although more expensive, lingual appliance systems are completely invisible and no one would know you were wearing them. Lingual braces are just as effective at moving teeth as traditional fixed appliances and treatment times are the same.

Invisible Aligners

This type of brace consists of a series of clear removable aligners which fit over your teeth. There are no brackets attached to the teeth and no wires are used. Each clear aligner is designed to move the teeth gradually and is worn for 2 weeks and then replaced by a different aligner which moves the teeth gradually a little bit more. There can be anything from 5 - 25 aligners.

The Invisible aligners are not suitable for all types of orthodontic problems and are best suited for mild to moderate problems.

More information on this type of appliance may be found at www.invisalign.com

Patient Information & Frequently Asked Questions


Dental Care

Before any orthodontic treatment, your family dentist should make certain that your teeth and gums are healthy.

Oral Hygiene Overview

For a brief overview of oral hygiene tips, please click on the image below. It will launch our flash educational module in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about oral hygiene.

Tooth Brushing

You will notice that it is much harder to keep your teeth clean with fixed braces. Food compacts in the brackets and between your teeth, and can only be removed by brushing and flossing. If plaque remains on the teeth for any length of time, it will leave a permanent white scar on the surface. Brushing after meals should become part of your daily schedule. A fluoride mouth wash is advisable and will help prevent marks on your teeth.

Diet

You can eat normally whilst wearing fixed orthodontic braces but you should limit your intake of sugary sweets and drinks. Fizzy drinks contain acids and these can cause decay and erosion and should be avoided during brace treatment.

Does Treatment Hurt?

Having your brace fitted is painless. It is common for some mild discomfort for the first few days after you have your brace fitted and adjusted.

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