Can Braces Fix Any Teeth?
Generally speaking, braces are able to realign almost any tooth-related issues, including patients with abnormal bites, impacted teeth, and malocclusion problems.
However, while braces are able to fix any teeth, treatment will differ depending on the extent of the patient’s individual requirements.
Fixed Braces for Straightening Teeth
For example, one of the most popular treatments are fixed braces which use brackets attached to a series of metal wires that pull the teeth into their desired positions. If you have particularly crooked teeth, fixed braces are usually the preferred option due to their ability to treat a variety of cases using wiring and fixed brackets.
Fixed braces have been around for far longer than Invisalign and have therefore evolved and improved over the years. They are also thought to work faster in comparison to other treatments when it comes to closing gaps and aligning teeth.
Invisalign, while retaining strong success rates for teeth straightening, is predominantly used for minor teeth straightening treatments. In contrast to fixed braces, Invisalign was only introduced to the public in the year 2000, so are relatively new and haven’t been around long enough to properly determine their overall effectiveness.
Can Patients With Crowns, Veneers and Bridges Still Get Braces?
There are some patients who require braces, but are concerned that their crowns and veneers may impact their alignment development. Fortunately, orthodontists are able to fit braces over crowns, veneers and bridges. As this application process is slightly more complex, it’s important to speak to a specialist capable of performing the procedure.
Dr Iain Hoeltschi specialises in this field and offers free consultations to those considering braces.
Who Can Fix My Teeth?
In most cases, all dentists can perform basic teeth alignment and standard orthodontics. However, if specialist treatment is required, (i.e, your teeth require bespoke or specialist intervention), then your dentist will likely refer you to an orthodontist.
Fixed braces are commonly used to treat the majority of teeth straightening issues, but Invisalign is growing in popularity. However, only a select few orthodontists are able to treat severe cases with Invisalign, and our resident orthodontist Dr Iain Hoeltschi is one of them.
Before Getting Braces
There are some instances where you will need alternative tooth treatments before the application of braces is considered. Braces may not be your first course of treatment if you suffer from:
Malocclusion is the the term used to described the misalignment of teeth. There are different types of malocclusion, some of the most common include overcrowding, overjet, overbite, crossbite and underbite.
In some cases, braces may not be introduced in the early stages of treating malocclusion. Instead, your dentist or orthodontist may have to extract one or a few teeth before applying braces. However, this depends entirely on your individual case. Your dentist will be able to advise on the most appropriate course of treatment.
This refers to a spacing problem within the tooth alignment. Typically, a tooth (sometimes several teeth) is blocked from properly emerging from the gums. This can lead to discomfort, bite problems and affect the appearance of your smile.
There are a few ways to treat impacted teeth. Sometimes, it’s simply a case of waiting and monitoring the tooth concerned (only if you are not experiencing any pain). Visiting your dentist to have your teeth assessed is essential for the waiting and monitoring process. Keep checking up with them and they will inform you if any further action is to be taken.
While braces can be used to fix impacted teeth, your dentist may not immediately use braces to treat this issue, as there may be other options to consider first.
What Types of Braces Are There?
Braces (and retainers) are the most successful teeth straightening options for fixing crooked teeth. There are a variety of brace options that can help with realigning crooked teeth, such as:
- Still the most preferred teeth straightening treatment, fixed braces are comprised of metal wiring brackets attached to the front of your teeth. They consistently produce exceptional results and require monthly checkups with your orthodontist to ensure your alignment process is going smoothly.
- Patients often opt for lingual braces as they’re discrete and offer great results. Unlike fixed braces, lingual braces are fitted to the backs of your teeth, out of immediate view.
- Now thought to be one of the most popular teeth straightening treatments, Invisalign works by using a series aligners (two) to straighten teeth over time. These aligners are removable and must be removed for each meal. They are particularly popular due to their transparent design which offers discrete tooth straightening.
- Retainers are custom-made appliances that help maintain your teeth’s new alignment after braces. They can also be used to treat minor orthodontic issues.
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