What can an expansion appliance be used for??
- Misaligned teeth and jaws
- TMJ pain
- Chronic headaches and facial pain
- Neck and lower back pain
- Sleep problems
- Correction of ear troubles
- Improve bite
- Cosmetic alignment of teeth
- Face-lift effect
Benefits of expansion appliances include:
- Aesthetics and comfort
- Less frequent adjustments and surgery visits therefore reducing costs
- Reduced tooth soreness during tooth movement
- Quicker results as appliances are constantly worn
- Easy to clean
Invisalign treatment consists of a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that you change every two weeks for the next set of aligners. Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth, and your teeth only. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position that you and the dentist are happy with.
Damon Smile – Fixed braces
Why is Damon different?
- Tie-less braces that don’t need to be tightened and are gentle to the teeth and tissues
- High technology wires that move teeth quickly and require fewer adjustments than traditional braces
- Clinically proven treatment approach that aligns teeth and enhances facial aesthetics providing extraordinary Damon Smiles.
Damon System braces are:
- Fast, comfortable, easy to keep clean and available in metal or clear
- Clinically proven advantages, greater patient satisfaction, fewer adjustments and office visits, shorter treatment time
- Unlike traditional braces, the Damon System eliminates plaque retentive ties and are easy to keep clean
Fixed braces or appliances are placed onto teeth to move them to improve the bite and appearance. Small metal or ceramic buttons called brackets are bonded to each tooth. Metal bands are also fitted around the molar/back teeth and the bands and brackets are connected with a thin metal wire called an arch wire. The arch wire is held in place by small elastics which are available in many colours to help customize your brace.
The wires are adjusted at regular intervals to straighten the teeth and correct the bite. Once patient and dentist are happy the brace can be removed. Normally a retainer will need to be worn at night to prevent the teeth from moving.
The fitting of a fixed appliance will not hurt – however, the first 4-5 days and up to a day or two after adjustments, you may experience some slight discomfort or toothache. Parts of the brace may rub on your lips, cheeks or tongue but you will be supplied with some orthodontic wax that can be placed over any parts of the brace that feel sharp.
For the first few days you should stick to a softer diet. It is also recommended that whilst you have a fixed brace you avoid foods such as; crusty bread, sticky/chewy/hard sweets, nuts, spare ribs, corn on the cob, pizza crusts and stones in fruit. It is also advised not to chew gum and fizzy drinks should be restricted to meal times only.
Biting your nails or other things with your teeth can result in your brace becoming damaged.
You can keep your fixed brace clean by brushing after each meal, making sure the gum margins are brushed thoroughly – even if they bleed. Use interdental brushes for getting in between the brace components and the tooth surface. Use a fluoride mouthwash and toothpaste.
It can also be useful to use disclosing tablets occasionally to check you are removing all the plaque from your teeth.
Treatment can vary from 9-24 months.
SmileTRU is a series of clear positioners that can be offered as an alternative to fixed braces for most people
Each positioner is designed to fit over the teeth and gently guid them into the desired position. Much like Invisalign, you change the aligners every two weeks until the course of treatment is over. This is ideal again for those patients who do not wish to have fixed braces.