Love Your Smile!
Our team have improved the confidence of hundreds of people by creating beautiful smiles using a variety of orthodontic braces.
We are highly experienced in the special challenges of adult orthodontic treatment and can help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of!
We can help you smile with confidence!
There are so many types of braces available in dentistry – all claiming to offer the best results in the quickest of times.
There are also many different treatment philosophies.
One group would say you need to extract teeth if there is not enough room for all of them, whilst others would say you should never take teeth out and that you can instead expand the bone to make space for all of the teeth to fit.
Often, the truth is in between the two extremes.
At 360 Dental care, we lean more towards ‘NOT taking the teeth out’ end of the spectrum, as we believe this is less invasive in the long run.
With so many options available, it can be very confusing when choosing the type of orthodontic treatment that’s right for you. At 360 Dental, we help you choose the type of orthodontics and the type of brace that works best for your smile, your lifestyle and long term function, making sure that you understand not only the benefits but also any risks involved in your treatment.
At 360 Dental care, we have vast experience with all current brace systems out there. Remember that it’s not really the type of brace that is important – it’s the result!
Types of Orthodontics
Comprehensive Orthodontics works to improve the appearance and function of the bite.
The jaw joint is extremely important and should be treated if there is a problem before having orthodontic treatment, otherwise the result is unlikely to be stable and can even cause pain in the long term.
Cosmetic Orthodontics / Short Term Orthodontics / Social Six
These orthodontic procedures focus on aligning the front teeth only. As such, this is much quicker than changing the whole bite.
If the problem is not too severe and you have no problem with your bite or jaw, then this is a great option to improve cosmetic appearance.
There are many different brand names such as 6 month smiles and quick straight teeth but essentially they are the same thing!
Myobrace system – go to website
Growth of the jaws and face is guided by the position and use of the tongue and other facial muscles. Bad habits, such as mouth breathing, prevents the tongue from sitting in the roof of the mouth. This results in the upper jaw not developing as it should, and it becomes smaller as a result. Smaller jaws result in little room for the teeth, which as a consequence become crooked.
Even more importantly, in these cases, there is a lack of room for the tongue, which tends to live down and back in the throat. At night time the tongue can obstruct healthy breathing, which results in problems such as snoring, upper airway resistance syndrome and sleep apnea.
Myofunctional orthodontics works best for young children, and the best age for this treatment is between 5 and 8 years of age. Although it can work in adults, it is much more difficult and realistic expectations are needed from clients.
Jayme is in the process of setting up a new practice called Kidz Smiles, which will be dedicated to myofunctional orthodontics. Further info to follow.
Things you should be aware of when getting braces:
No matter which method of treatment or style you choose, there are risks involved with wearing braces. The most common are below.
You will need to be seen at frequent intervals throughout your orthodontic treatment to monitor your health and progress. Occasionally, there may be additional appointments needed if wires break etc.
How long does treatment with braces take?
This varies from client to client and what our expectations are. For the simplest of cases, it may take as little as 6 weeks, but for more complex cases, it could take up to two years.
Effects on speech
This is particularly relevant to lingual braces and removable braces. Most people adapt in a couple of weeks.
Any type of brace will give a degree of discomfort, certainly during the early stages whilst the client gets used to it. For some clients, there may be a little pain, particularly when changing a wire, but this usually passes after just a few days.
Need for retainers
All forms of orthodontics move teeth into unstable tooth positions. If retainers are not used, then the teeth will tend to move back and become crooked. This is called relapse. The general advice is that retainers are for life. Retainers can be a wire permanently fixed to the back of the front teeth, or a removable retainer that you must show extra care for in your oral hygiene. There is no evidence about any long term negative effects of permanent retention. Myofunctional orthodontics is perhaps the exception to this rule, as it changes the muscle function, position and stability of the teeth. One of its goals is the lack of need for long term retention.
Worsening of a jaw joint (TMJ) problem
Although popular orthodontic opinion is that the jaw joint is not affected by orthodontic treatment, at 360 Dental we could not disagree more! We take great care to diagnose any existing problems and to prevent / treat any jaw problems that may arise.
It is essential to clean well around any fixed or removable brace given the obstruction they offer. A failure to do so can lead to gum problems and may warrant the need for your treatment to be ceased.
If brackets are applied to the teeth and not cleaned well, especially if you have a high level of sugar in your diet, decay can form around those brackets. This can look very unsightly when the brace is removed, and of course is bad for the overall health of your teeth.
This is where the root shrink and becomes either shorter or thinner. For the majority of people, this makes no real difference to the teeth or their long term survival, but it’s worth knowing about.
Gum recession / shrinkage
No matter which system or philosophy in orthodontics, there is a risk of gum shrinkage, particularly in clients who have very little or no bone over the roots of their teeth. If using an expansion method, great care should be taken as there is an increased risk of gum recession. Interestingly, orthodontics can be used to improve gum recession by moving roots back into bone, so that the gum can then cover the root more easily.
The smaller the jaw, the less room for teeth, but also the less space there is for the tongue. If there is no room for the tongue in the upper jaw it will then ‘live’ in the throat, which can lead to problems with breathing at night, e.g. sleep apnea. If we expand the jaws to fit the teeth in, we also make more room for the tongue and in theory reduce the risk of sleep breathing problems. (The tongue would need to be ‘trained’ to live in the palate for this to be effective. See our info on myofunctional orthodontics for more detail.