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Traditional metal braces are what most of our patients think of when they come to us for orthodontic treatment. Although we offer a range of orthodontic treatments here at Braces N Faces,
we still treat patients with traditional metal braces if we believe they are the best appliance for them. Traditional braces use a method of brackets and archwires to move your teeth into position with gentle pressure. They are small, relatively comfortable to wear, and one of our most affordable treatment options. Best of all, traditional metal braces get great results for our patients.
For those of our patients who want a discreet, yet reliable treatment option, we often recommend clear braces. This treatment method is based on the system of traditional metal braces so bonds brackets to the front surface of your teeth and connects them with a thin archwire. The difference between clear braces and metal braces, however, is the ceramic material clear braces are made from. The ceramic brackets blend in with the colour of your teeth, making them extremely discreet and less visible to others around you. This gives you the confidence to have treatment without needing to feel self-conscious about being seen with a mouth full of metal. Clear braces are a great alternative for patients who aren't suited to Invisalign or who want a more affordable, yet discreet, treatment option.
Lingual braces are a virtually invisible treatment option for our patients here at Braces N Faces. Made up of a combination of brackets and archwires (just like metal braces) the brackets of lingual braces are attached to the inside surface of your teeth. This means they can't be seen when you're smiling and talking with others. Although they're fitted to the tongue-side of your teeth, lingual braces are easy to keep clean. Our team, who are fully trained in this specialist orthodontic appliance, will give you some techniques for doing so when you're fitted with lingual braces. At Braces N Faces, we usually recommend lingual braces to patients who come to us with an ill-fitting bite, and need more than just treatment to straighten teeth.
Braces for children
Children 6-11 years
Certain orthodontic cases benefit from early treatment procedures. They are skeletal discrepancies, borderline non-extraction cases, restoring lost space in dental arches, severe aesthetic problems, crossbites, and severe overbites and open-bites. Treatment of these problems at an early age can produce benefits that would be limited if treated later. It can also help to reduce, or eliminate, future treatment that might be required.
Adolescent 12-16 years
This is the average time to start orthodontic treatment. Usually all deciduous (baby) teeth have exfoliated and the permanent teeth are erupting. At Braces N Faces, our range of braces is suitable for teenage patients, and Invisalign is also available for our teenage patients.
Braces for adults
By late teens or early twenties, the jaw has finished growing and the size and the shape of the mouth is complete. Although it is a solid structure, the jawbone surrounding teeth can change shape in response to prolonged pressure. Because adult bones are denser, it takes a little extra time to move adult teeth than childrens. That is why we do recommend children come in for an early orthodontic treatment. However, if this hasn't happened, we can still treat adults for orthodontic problems and achieve great results. We believe no one is ever too old to have a perfect smile!
Orthodontic treatment transfer policies
If during orthodontic treatment with us here at Braces N Faces, you or your family move to another area we will help you change to a new orthodontist so you can continue your treatment. We can give you a recommendation for an orthodontist in the town or city to which you are moving and put you in touch with them. The estimated time of your treatment may be extended when a transfer is made during active treatment as your new orthodontist may do a re-evaluation with current models, x-rays, and replace brackets to suit his/her technique.