Braces are used to gently move the teeth back into the correct alignment.
There are many different types of braces, made of different materials, and although it’s best to get braces as a child to fix crooked teeth before they get worse, many adults in Ireland are now choosing to get braces for themselves.
The moving of teeth is known as Orthodontics.
Orthodontic treatment for children and adults alike can be quite complicated, requiring a referral to an Orthodontic Specialist, which Dr. Fagan of Fingal Dental Surgery can provide once she performs an initial assessment of your teeth.
The Fast and Effective Inman Aligner
If your teeth are crowded together, which makes them crooked, or protruding (sticking out), then you may be a candidate for the Inman Aligner, which is available from Dr. Fagan at Fingal Dental Surgery.
The Inman Aligner is a fast solution for crowding or protrusion of the front teeth. It’s much faster than other braces systems; and excellent value.
It works by gently guiding your teeth into position in a matter of weeks- a much shorter time frame than other braces. You can take it out for a while every day, for eating or brushing your teeth, so it fits in easily with your lifestyle.
Whereas many brace systems take up to 18 months to make a difference in your smile, the Inman Aligner can move your teeth to a more ideal position within 6 – 16 weeks, depending on the patient and degree of movement required.
Realignment of Teeth- More than a Nice Smile
Orthodontics and the wearing of the Inman Aligner – or any other type of brace system – is about more than just the appearance of your teeth; it also concerns the positioning of the teeth and how they work.
It helps to ensure the long term health of the teeth, gums and jaws by ensuring the pressure of your bite gets spread evenly across all your teeth.
Why should I have orthodontic treatment?
Many people have crowded or crooked teeth. Orthodontic treatment will straighten the teeth or move them into a better position.
This can not only improve their appearance but also the way the teeth bite together, while also making them easier to clean.
Some people’s upper front teeth stick out-‘buck’ teeth are prominent and are actually much more likely to get damaged.
Orthodontic treatment using the right type of brace device can move them back into line with the rest of the upper teeth.
Sometimes people’s upper and lower jaws meet in such a way that the teeth look odd and the bite in incorrect. This can put a strain on the muscles of the jaw, causing jaw and joint pain; even headaches in some cases.
Orthodontic treatment may be able to correct this by moving the teeth to help you bite more evenly and greatly reduce the jaw strain.
There are several different types of brace appliance:
A Removable Appliance
This is a custom-made plate which has wires and springs attached, which moves your teeth using gentle pressure. You can take it out to clean it; hence the name!
A Functional Appliance
Functional appliances use the power of your own jaw muscles to change the way you’re currently biting, to help with certain types of problems.
A Fixed Appliance
A fixed appliance will guide teeth more accurately than a removable plate. It’s a similar concept but the brackets and bands of a fixed appliance are bonded to the teeth temporarily. The patient can’t take it out; it remains in place until the teeth have been moved to their optimal position.
The fixed appliance will need to be adjusted over time to allow for the degrees of movement of your teeth as they start to line up properly.
What is ‘headgear’?
In cases of severe misalignment, you might have to wear ‘headgear’ at nightime in addition to the appliance in your mouth-the orthodontist will discuss its use with you. It just increases the strength of the brace device more for the hour you’re wearing it.
What are ‘Invisible Braces’?
They are tough, clear plastic ‘aligners’ (moulds) that are used to straighten teeth. The Inman Aligner is one of these; designed to straighten your teeth within a minimum timeframe.
Is orthodontic work permanent?
It depends on the patient’s age and on the condition being treated. It’s normal to have a minor degree of tooth movement over the course of your life, but if you have orthodontic treatment as an adult it’s unusual for the teeth to move sufficiently to need another major treatment.
If you are concerned about the appearance of your teeth; have crowding or protruding teeth, call Fingal Dental Surgery for a consultation on (01)843 0740 or see www.fingaldentalsurgery.com