What is orthodontics? In a nutshell, it’s the study and treatment of improper bites. The word itself is partly derived from the Greek ‘orthos’, meaning straight, proper or perfect, and ‘odous’, meaning tooth. It should be no surprise then, following a little linguistic detective work, that orthodontics tends to be where brace treatment crops up, and at Mossley Dental we offer several forms of brace treatment.
Invisalign braces are completely clear and almost completely undetectable making them a great choice for anyone who may feel self-conscious having a brace. The treatment works in increments, with a new brace being provided roughly every three weeks. Invisalign is, unfortunately, not suitable for severe orthodontic issues, but is for the majority of crooked teeth problems.
Lingual braces are like traditional fixed braces but instead of fixing the wires and brackets to the front of the teeth they are fitted to the back. Lingual braces are hard to notice, much like Invisalign, but, rather than working in increments, are fixed.
Unlike traditional braces, which require elastic ties to hold the arch wires in place that can cause discomfort, Damon braces use a sliding mechanism, which makes tooth movement more comfortable and makes the brace easier to clean. Damon braces are also designed to help produce a straight smile whilst trying to minimise the need for a tooth extraction. Extraction is sometimes necessary during orthodontic treatment so that other teeth can move into their proper positions.
Treatment with Inman aligners can be very quick, sometimes taking as a little as two months to straighten teeth, but they are not suitable for all cases. Inman aligners are removable and rely on a coiled spring and a bar that gently push and pull the teeth into position.
These four are just the tip of the iceberg. To discuss all the orthodontic treatments we offer, please book a consultation at Mossley Street Dental near Hyde. We will be more than happy to guide you through all the procedures available.