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.