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The definition of orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the treatment and prevention of irregularities in the teeth and jaw, generally with the use of orthodontic braces.
Take a look through this list and ask yourself if any of these apply to you:
The way your teeth are aligned with each other in both jaws has a large impact on how your face shape develops, your chewing action works and how healthy the teeth stay. Teeth which work in harmony with one another generally are healthier teeth and look more appealing.
Here at Cotteswold House Dental Practice in Gloucester, we provide a variety of innovative orthodontic treatments to suit all manner of issues.
It is possible to have both fixed and removable brace systems. Fixed braces are made of bands and brackets bonded to the teeth, and thin, discreet metal wires that push your teeth gently into the desired position. Removable braces can be taken out for eating, drinking and maintaining oral health and can be used to change jaw growth and normalise the bite.
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A treatment plan will always be provided for you prior to going ahead with any orthodontic brace, this plan will give you all of your options based upon the discussion you have with your dentist. Your dentist will listen to your concerns and make a recommendation based upon these concerns and your clinical situation. For quick reference, a basic guide to the different orthodontic systems and their uses is as follows:
Straighter teeth in 6-16 weeks
The the fastest system is the Inman Aligner, this can typically achieve outstanding results in 6-16 weeks. This is because the aligners have a revolutionary and patented spring mechanism and are only used for treating irregularities of the anterior (front) teeth with minor problems, these teeth are faster to move than back teeth due to their smaller roots.
Straighter teeth in 6 months
The next fastest orthodontic brace is Six Month Smiles. These are fixed orthodontic braces and when used to move the front teeth only can do this more rapidly than most other systems.
Invisalign and Smilelign Braces utilise a different approach to moving teeth. Rather than having springs and wires they use a clear plastic liner. This clear plastic aligner is changed approximately every two weeks, each aligner moves your teeth a small amount towards their final destination. You replace the aligner throughout the course of treatment which typically lasts between one and two years.
Tooth Coloured Braces
Once again we see Six Month Smiles in this list. Because this system uses fixed orthodontics it is able to deal with more complex situations. Conventional metal orthodontic braces are the most versatile in the different types of case they can treat but are often viewed as unaesthetic, Six Month Smiles offers the best of both worlds, being able to deal with complex cases and being tooth coloured this makes this system often the most desirable choice.
Of course, a final decision on which type of tooth brace is right for you can only be made with a full consultation and discussion with your dentist.
For more information on our revolutionary orthodontic treatments, call Cotteswold House today.
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