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Tooth straightening

Why Oralign orthodontic appliances?

Are you unhappy with how straight your teeth appear? Many people hide their smile for years because they think treatment will take a long time and be expensive.

With an Oralign appliance you can have a cost-effective and speedy solution to help you smile with confidence again. ‘Oralign Original’ can straighten front teeth in less than 14 weeks with only 14-16 hours of wear a day. This means that if you have an important meeting or event you can simply pop it out and return it later at a convenient stage. Even when the device is in the mouth, it is so discreet that many people don’t even feel the need to remove it.

A Specialist Orthodontist is assigned to your case for diagnosis and treatment planning; they will support and advise your dentist through the entire case when necessary.

What are the various Oralign appliances?

  • The original appliance can straighten front teeth in less than 14 weeks with only 14-16 hours of wear a day.
  • Oralign Advance is a discreet fixed orthodontic appliance which can treat the more complex orthodontic problems quickly and effectively.
  • Oralign Clear gently re-aligns your teeth with ‘Invisible’ aligners which are worn all day except when eating. Many TV personalities have worn them even whilst on the TV.

The devices are very cost effective.

Your dentist will advise which appliance is best suited to your condition.

 

Below is an example of an Oralign advance appliance. The brackets which are fixed onto the teeth are tooth coloured and therefore very discreet.

Do I have to have any teeth taken out?

NO.  The Oralign system is a non extraction system.  Therefore you will not have any teeth taken out.

How is space created to move the teeth if they are crowded?

If we need to create some space to move the teeth then this is done using what is known as IPR (interpoximal reduction).

What is IPR (inteproximal reduction)?

Interproximal reduction (IPR) is a quick and easy procedure during which the dentist uses some very precise tools to change the shape and size of your teeth, primarily on the sides where they touch each other. This is done for three reasons. First, the upper or lower sets of teeth may be naturally the wrong size and don’t fit together well. Second, the shape of individual teeth may not allow them to lay next to each other ideally. This can adversely affect the appearance of a smile even though the bite may fit perfectly. Third, IPR is used in cases of mild crowding so that the removal of teeth can be avoided.

 

Below is an example of IPR:

How long will the treatment take?

This depends on the type of appliance used and the severity of the case.  Treatment length can range from around 14 weeks to around 2 years.  Your dentist will give you a better idea once you have been for a consultation.

What happens at the end of the treatment?

You will usually need to wear a retainer to stop your teeth from drifting back to their original position.  Retainers are either fixed or removable.  Fixed retainers are very thin wires glued to the back of the teeth.  Removable retainers are like thin custom made mouth guards which you need to wear for a number of hours each day. (see clips below).

Below is an example of a fixed retainer:

 Below is an example of a removable retainer:

 

Unsure about anything? or just want us to have a look and give you more information? Please feel free to book a consultation where your dentist will be more than happy to discuss any of your queries in more detail.

Payment plans:

Financial considerations should not be an obstacle to a beautiful smile for the rest of your life.  Therefore, our practice offers a wide range of payment options including 0% interest monthly payment plan.  The cost of treatment will vary, depending on the severity of the problem.  We aim to deliver the finest orthodontic care at the most affordable cost to our patients and our team will be happy to discuss any aspects of your orthodontic treatment and cost.