Suitable for both adults and children, metal braces are the most common form of teeth straightening appliances available. The appliances are made from stainless steel which means they are very strong, safe and compact. Dr Chisholm uses state of the art bracket systems which provide faster results with fewer appointments and less treatment time. With no elastic or metal ties, you will have less irritation, less plaque build-up and less difficulty keeping your teeth clean.
Both children and adults alike can benefit from having braces. For children, it is recommended to start treatment when they have all their permanent teeth. Although more time is needed for adults to get the final results, you will see that the final result of the treatment will be just as effective. Keep in mind that you are never too old to achieve a functional and aesthetic occlusion.
If you want straighter teeth but are concerned about how you will look with braces, consider translucent ceramic braces.
Translucent ceramic braces are very aesthetic and suitable for both children and adults. Ceramic brackets are similar to the traditional metal type, except they are virtually clear, which offers fast and comfortable treatment with the added benefit of high aesthetics. Ceramic braces are a popular choice for patients who want their teeth straightened, but don't want it to be too obvious. Ceramic braces are not very noticeable at a distance or in photos and contrary to what you may have heard; ceramic brackets do not usually break or come off your teeth. They are very strong, and stay on as well as metal brackets.
Patients generally choose ceramic because they "blend in" with the teeth and are less noticeable than metal. These are the type of braces actor Tom Cruise had.
The term lingual refers to the inside (tongue or palate) surface of the tooth. Lingual braces are attached to the inside surface unlike traditional braces which are fixed to the outside of the teeth. This option is considered to be the best non-visible form of fixed orthodontic treatment available and provides cosmetic orthodontic treatment without the distraction of typical braces. The benefits of having lingual braces are that they do not distort the contours of your lips and are virtually invisible in normal social situations. As with all braces, you may experience disruption to your speech for a few days as you get used them.
If you are self conscious of your appearance and would not feel confident wearing traditional braces and you are concerned about wearing braces that are visible, lingual braces would be a great choice for you.
Feel free to contact us for a consultation to find out more about our orthodontic treatments and Lingual Braces. Dr Chisholm will be able to discuss with you your suitability and help you decide if lingual orthodontic treatment is the right choice for you.