An effective long-term solution to straightening your teeth and correcting your bite is orthodontics. Orthodontics is a subspecialty area in dentistry that focuses on aligning and straightening teeth using wires and brackets, applying gentle pressure to the teeth to move them into a particular position. The discipline has advanced over decades and today treatment is a lot faster and more comfortable than it was in the past.
Despite innovations in removable braces and fixed lingual braces over the past 20 years, fixed standard braces remain a mainstay of orthodontic treatment, and for good reason: they are reliable, safe, predictable and, with modern systems, can be less conspicuous than they once were.
The fixed standard brace assembly uses brackets affixed to the surface of the teeth with wire running through the brackets to apply force, causing gradual movement over time.
Our in depth assessment and diagnosis enables us to form a detailed and highly accurate picture of how to move your teeth to achieve this balance.
Once fitted, fixed standard braces will remain in place from anything from six months to three years, although an average treatment length would be one year to 18 months. For some people, it might be too difficult to live with a prominent appliance so they might want to consider clear braces as a less visible alternative. There are more discreet options available too, such as fixed lingual braces, and these are all things your specialist orthodontist will discuss with you in your teeth straightening consultation.
A male patient, aged 14y at the start of the treatment, with Class I skeletal bases on an average angle pattern.
Dentally, there was anterior crowding with a lack of space for upper permanent canines and deep-bite.