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Braces  

Braces use constant, gentle pressure, which over time, move teeth into their proper positions. The braces are at work every moment during orthodontic treatment. The two main components of the braces are: the brackets that are placed onto the teeth and the main archwire that connects them. The bracket is a piece of shaped metal or ceramic that we affix to each tooth and acts like a handle on the tooth. The brackets then allow Dr Duncan to move each and every tooth, 3 dimensionally into itís correct position. The archwire is shaped to reflect the "ideal" bite. In other words, it reflects the way your teeth will look after treatment.

What do they look like?

The archwire threads through the brackets, which often means the ideal shape of the archwire is temporarily distorted due to the positioning of the teeth and, as it tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to move the teeth. The jawbones and gum tissue then remodel to accommodate any changes to tooth positions.

In some cases elastics (small rubber bands) are used to exert additional force to create the right amount of pressure to move teeth. Elastics are issued as required and must be worn religiously to ensure timely completion of orthodontic treatment.

Different types of braces

Metal braces are the most popular with kids and teenagers. Different coloured modules can be placed and changed at each adjustment appointment. Translucent clear braces are the most popular with adults and some teenagers as they are much more discreet. The materials that these braces are made of blends with the natural tooth colour meaning you have to be very close to someone to be able to see them. These braces are much smaller than ever before.

Metal Braces Clear Upper Braces Coloured Braces

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