When teeth become misaligned, crooked or
asymmetrical, orthodontics can help. This branch of dentistry encompasses
everything that involves correcting the position of your teeth and jaw. The
pinnacle of orthodontics is, undoubtedly, braces that help not only to align
teeth but also improves function.
Do I Know If I Need Braces?
Not everyone with crooked tooth needs
braces. The only way for you to know if you truly require orthodontics is if
your dentist recommends it. Our dentists at Wellness Dental Studio will
carefully examine the symmetry and position of your teeth and decide whether
braces will benefit you or not.
We might also order X-rays and special
photographs of the jaw to make the most appropriate decision.
Generally, orthodontic treatment can be
considered in the following circumstances:
- Overriding teeth/overbite: These are more commonly known as ‘buck teeth’ and are apparent in the
upper two incisors.
- Under-bite: This is when the lower two incisors override and cause a ‘bull-dog’
like teeth appearance.
- Asymmetrical midline: This happens when the centre of your upper set of teeth do not align
properly with the lower set of teeth
- Visible spacing: When there are large gaps between adjacent teeth that cause gum damage
- Overcrowding: When adjacent teeth are too close together and override each other.
- Crossbite: This occurs when the upper teeth do not meet the lower teeth in the
proper angle during biting or chewing
What Are the Different Types of Braces?
Braces come in multiple varieties; at
Wellness Dental Studio, we offer two major braces – conventional braces and
Conventional Metal Braces
These braces are built with a metal
body that are fixed to the teeth surface with the help of wires, brackets or
metallic bands. Conventional braces have been used for years and still remain
high in demand because of the ease of getting the fixed and the price point.
Conventional braces need to be
carefully managed and adjusted every month to produce the best alignment
results. Most people will be required to wear these metal braces for a period
of a few months to a year.
Today, conventional braces come in all
different colours to make them more cosmetically appealing. They are also much
lighter than they used to be which make them kid friendly.
Ceramic braces are designed to look
more natural and less noticeable than conventional metal braces. These are
clear or white in colour.
Although ceramic braces have a
superior cosmetic benefit, they are not suited for people with particular
biting patterns. The ceramic used in these braces is harder than the tooth
enamel; if the enamel of another tooth rubs on the ceramic bracket, it can become
Talk to our dentists to understand the
best orthodontics option for you.