Orthodontics - Braces for Teeth Straightening
Braces improve your smile by gently pushing teeth into correct alignment. It is now a popular and effective treatment for adults. Tom Cruise has recently had an orthodontic appliance fitted. Teeth that are correctly aligned can resolve gum disease, headaches, facial and jaw pain. Your mouth will be healthier and teeth will be easier to clean.
New Invisible Braces  
New Invisalign Braces can give you the beautiful straight teeth you've always wanted. It works through a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you're wearing. So you can smile more during treatment as well as after.
The Invisalign Treatment
Your Invisalign treatment will consist of a series of aligners that you switch out about every two weeks. Each aligner is individually manufactured with exact calculations to gradually shift your teeth into place. And since your Invisalign® system is custom-made for your teeth and your teeth only, with a plan devised by you and your dentist or orthodontist, you know you'll end up with a smile that truly fits.
Types of Orthodontic Appliance Systems used:
Lingual braces are placed behind your teeth (i.e on the tongue-side of the teeth) and are therefore completely invisible to other people. They are very well-tolerated by other people

Orthodontists need special training to be able to treat patients with lingual braces. Therefore, not every orthodontist provides them. We provide lingual braces for many of our orthodontic patients who want themselves and the orthodontist to be the only ones who know they are wearing braces.

Lingual braces
  Lingual braces
These photographs are examples of lingual braces which fit on the "inside" of the teeth and are not visible when talking or smiling, thus making the treatment go unnoticed to all but the patient and the orthodontist.
Conventional Aesthetic Braces
Tooth-coloured ceramic braces placed on the front of the teeth blend into the colour of the natural teeth and are far less visible than conventional metal braces.
Everybody can be treated with ceramic braces and it is suitable for both adults and children
Some celebrities wearing orthodontic braces
Tom Cruise wearing conventional aesthetic braces with ceramic brackets.
Gwen Stephani wearing traditional metal braces
Prince Harry wearing conventional aesthetic braces.
Ashley Judd wearing braces.

Frequently Asked Questions about Orthodontics:

What is orthodontics ?
Orthodontics is a specialist area of dentistry. It is concerned with the development of the teeth and jaws and the correction of problems that occur with the tooth and jaw positions.
When can a child begin orthodontics ?
Occasionally early treatment may begin at around 7-8 years of age for problems involving the positions of the jaws. But ideally at 10, a child should see an orthodontist  to check on the development of the permanent teeth and sometime at this time orthodontics is started. The most common time to start orthodontic treatment is around 11 to 14 years of age when most of the permanent teeth have come into the mouth.
Can adults have orthodontics ?
There is no age limit for orthodontics – it can be done at any time of life. You can never be too old to have treatment. If you have a complex problem, we can work with our other dental specialists to achieve the perfect smile.
Why do I need orthodontic treatment ?
As well as enabling you to have 'The Perfect Smile' Orthodontic treatment can also improve the function and health of your teeth and, in some cases, improve also the health of associated structures such as jaws and joints.
How long does orthodontic treatment take ?
This depends on the problem to be treated. It can vary from a few months to 2 years. Many of simpler orthodontic cases can complete the treatment in between 3 to 9 months.
What types of braces are there ?
Fixed braces attached to the teeth can be placed on the front or the backs of the teeth. They can be made of steel, ceramic (tooth coloured) and gold. Functional appliances used in children to correct positions of the jaws are made of acrylic.
Can braces be totally invisible ?
Yes, braces placed on the backs of the teeth (i.e. lingual braces) are totally invisible. Clear braces (aligners) are only slightly visible.
What is a functional appliance ?
A type of brace used in children and adolescents to correct positions of the jaws while the child is growing.
What is lingual orthodontics ?
Braces are placed on the backs/ inner surface of the teeth and are therefore totally invisible.
What is 'invisalign' ?
Treatment with clear plastic aligners instead of fixed braces.
These 'Invisalign' braces are barely visible.
What is orthognathic surgery ?
Surgery on the jaws to correct the position of the jaws and improve the way in which the upper and lower teeth fit together.
What is a retainer ?
After braces are removed the teeth must be kept straight while the bone and gums adapt to the new tooth position. Retainers can be removable or fixed (i.e. stuck to the backs of the teeth).
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