We are highly experienced in both metal and clear braces. Both options generate the same outstanding results.
Types of Braces
We choose the smallest commercially available brackets as they are more aesthetically pleasing. Many patients comment on how surprisingly small our brackets are.
Metal brackets are tough and can withstand wear and tear. They do not shatter, even on hard contact.
We generally use metal brackets, unless otherwise requested as they are require less maintenance for the patient, and do not stain or discolour.
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Clear brackets, made of artificial monocrystalline sapphire, are available for patients who desire less visibility than metal brackets.
This option is best suited for adults and young adults, however they can be used for younger patients if desired.
Clear brackets require dietry consideration for foods with intense colouring such as curries, tomato paste and red wine.
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We will straighten your teeth, and your dentist will check for problems periodically. But you’re the one who has to take care of your teeth every single day to keep them clean and healthy. Now that you have braces, proper dental care will take a little extra time and effort. By taking good care of your teeth now, we’ll achieve the best possible results from your orthodontic treatment.
During the course of orthodontic treatment, you may have to wear elastic rubber bands to help with the correction of your malocclusion (bite). For some patients, elastics aren’t their favourite part of orthodontic treatment. Following instructions is essential to correcting the bite. The better they are worn, the sooner braces can come off. Wearing elastics well will give you a nicer end result.
The range of colours we have available for your braces. The colours are changed every time you visit the practice - feel free to pop in to have them changed to your team colours for your upcoming sports carnival, or to match your dress for your formal! For those who want a more discreet look, we generally recommend silver as it blends in with the brackets, or clear if you have transparent brackets.
Your dental nurse will sit with you and explain your oral hygiene needs and cleaning considerations, and provide a care package when your braces go on. Inside, you will find advice and fridge magnets with information about your braces, foods and drinks, and oral hygiene. Your bag includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, interproximal brushes, wax, bonjella, and sugar free chewing gum.
Orthodontics isn’t just about braces and Invisalign. Often, we create metal or acrylic appliances at our in-house lab which can be used for different reasons at different points of treatment. Sometimes they are removable, other times they are fixed in place for a period of time.
Sometimes it is necessary to have a ‘first phase’ of treatment, for children and young teenagers. This is normally to expand the arches, gain space, modify skeletal growth, correct cross bites and open deep bites. This may be the only treatment some patients need if their concerns are only mild.
Most orthodontic patients will also use some form of appliance during their braces treatment. The most common is elastics but is can also be a clear silicone plate to wear to bed to prevent you grinding your teeth against the brackets, or it may be headgear to help the elastics do their job.
Braces off? Orthodontic treatment is not over! We continue to use appliances to hold your teeth in place, once braces or Invisalign is complete. These include fixed wires and removable retainers. Your side is caring for your smile for years.