Orthodontic Braces

Several treatments are available for fixing crooked or misaligned teeth. While general practitioners can help you with these treatments, the best choice is to use an orthodontist. An orthodontist is a specialist in fixing teeth irregularities. At Westmore, we have in-house orthodontists who will guide you through different options available and perform any corrective procedure you require.

Lingual braces

They are conventional wire braces placed in the inside part of the teeth.

Pros

  • Cannot be seen from the outside

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cons

  • Cleaning can be challenging
  • They are expensive
  • They are not suitable for severe cases
  • The treatment may take more time.

 

Ceramic Braces

They are precisely like the metal braces in shape and size. But their colour matches that of the teeth, making it possible for the braces to blend in.

Pros

  • Less visible than metal braces
  • Moves teeth quicker than Invisalign



Cons

  • Expensive than traditional wire braces
  • Get stained quickly when not cared for

 

Traditional Wire Braces

This is the most common type and is made of metal. Technological developments have seen an improvement in these braces as they are no longer the large noticeable braces of the past. They now come in small sizes, and some even have heat-activated archwires, which uses body heat to align teeth quickly and less painfully.

Pros

– They are usually cheap
– They come in various colours so your kid might find them fun
– 100% compliance as they can’t be removed

Cons
– They are very noticeable when used


Invisalign

This is made up of a series of custom made removable plastic aligners. They are replaced every two weeks with another set until the eventual correct alignment is achieved.

Pro

  • They are almost invisible, thus, not obtrusive
  • Using them does not disturb the patient lifestyle as they can be removed

 

Cons

  • They are expensive and the risk of losing an aligner is higher.
  • 100% compliance by the patient is difficult to achieve
  • Not available for children
  • It is not suitable for severe cases.

The amount of time for which you’ll wear braces will be determined by how severe the misalignment is. On average, it takes between two to three years before braces completely correct the misalignment. After this, most dentists recommend the patient wear a retainer for six additional months, and afterwards when sleeping.

Orthodontic braces work efficiently with both children and adults. However, treatment may take longer in adults and may be more comprehensive.

Contact us today to make further enquiries.