Using braces to get straighter teeth

Orthodontics is the dental specialism that deals with the alignment of teeth, and with the bite – the way that the jaws meet together. At The Park Dental Clinic in Derby, our orthodontic work is carried out by dentist Trishan Malhi, who has a special interest in orthodontics and wide experience of using a variety of orthodontic devices to help patients get straighter teeth.

bracesWhen most people hear the word “orthodontics” they picture metal wire and bracket braces, sometimes called “train-track style” braces. Whilst these are a highly effective treatment, these metal braces are just one option. At our Derby dental practice we understand that many patients, particularly adults who require orthodontic treatment, don’t feel comfortable with the idea of wearing obvious metal braces for anything up to 24 months. Fortunately, we also have a number of discreet brace treatments available.

Braces remain the best and most-used way to straighten teeth. They afford your dentist or orthodontist maximum control over the movement of your teeth and provide safe and predictable results.

At our Derby dental practice we offer a number of discreet brace options. Depending on your clinical need and your personal preference, your dentist may recommend:

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are much like normal braces, with one major difference: they are placed on the rear or lingual surface of your teeth, so they will not be visible in everyday life. As with standard braces, they comprise metal brackets and wires, although the brackets have been specially designed to be more comfortable. These braces can correct a huge range of orthodontic issues, from minor changes to major movement.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles are aesthetic braces designed to correct primarily cosmetic concerns. They have an average treatment time of just six months and work so fast because they only focus on the teeth that show when you smile. The brackets are clear and the wires are tooth-coloured, so these braces are very discreet.

Which orthodontic treatment is right for me?

Orthodontics is the dental specialism that deals with the alignment of teeth, and the bite – the way that the teeth and jaws meet together. At The Park Dental Clinic in Derby, we offer a number of different orthodontic treatments for patients of all ages. The perfect treatment for you will depend on a number of factors, including the type and amount of orthodontic correction required, your lifestyle and personal preference.

orthodontic treatmentAt our Derby dental practice, orthodontic work is carried out by Dr Trishan Malhi, a dentist with a special interest in orthodontics. Dr Malhi completed the diploma in Primary Care Orthodontics in 2013, and his experience involved working as a clinical assistant in orthodontics at the Royal Derby Hospital between 2003 and 2013.

Treatment options include. . .

Lingual braces

Lingual braces work in the same way as standard braces, with one big difference. They are placed on the rear or lingual surfaces of the teeth, so are not immediately obvious in everyday life.

At our Derby dental practice we use Incognito lingual braces, a leading brand that can correct even complex orthodontic issues. For simpler aesthetic problems, we also offer treatment with Incognito Lite braces, which focus on the front four teeth – those on show when you smile.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a system of clear aligners that fit snuggly over your teeth and gently guide them into a new position. Unlike standard braces, these aligners are removable, which means you can take them out for short periods to eat, to clean, and to brush your teeth. This is a good option for patients worried about the extra hygiene requirement of braces, and can treat a wide range of conditions.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles are discreet braces that are perfect for correcting primarily aesthetic concerns. They comprise clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires, and work very quickly because they focus on the front six to eight teeth.