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A way to straighten all your teeth
Orthodontics is the fitting of braces to straigthen the alignment of teeth. Often carried out during school years it is becoming increasingly popular with adults as a number of new products that reduce the visibility of the fitting have come onto the market.
How does it work?
Braces apply a constant gentle pressure to the teeth encouraging them over time to move into their correct place. It's as simple at that!
What is the procedure like?
Orthodontics requires regular visits and usually takes about 2 years to complete though a lot depends on the individuals teeth. A brace is created initially and subsequent visits change the pressure being applied to the teeth to ensure a good final result. A retainer may be used after the brace has done its work to ensure the teeth do not move out of alignment.
What different types exist?
These are the cheapest kind of brace - and the most visible.
Invisible / Ceramic
A number of options allow the use of braces that are hard to see - through use of materials that blend with the natural look of your teeth. These are usually more expensive than metal braces and can take longer to complete the straightening process further increasing the cost.
Fitted behind the teeth these have the advantage of not usually being visible. They take a while to get used to and people can experience speech difficulties at first.
What affects the price?
- The type of brace.
- How much adjustment needs to be done.
- The amount of visits that will be required.
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