Orthodontics | Nottingham Dental

Nottingham Dental provides a wide range of orthodontic services such as adult braces, Invisalign invisible aligners, and ClearCorrect clear braces. Please continue reading for a discussion of our orthodontic procedures.

Orthodontics

Straight teeth are often associated with beautiful smiles. But straight teeth and perfectly aligned teeth aren’t just necessary for cosmetic purposes but also for overall oral health. Misaligned, crooked, or rotated teeth are more difficult to take care of and they also lead to a number of other issues.

When it comes to braces, most people think they’re only necessary for kids or teenagers. Yes, it’s true that you should ideally get your teeth straightened soon after your permanent teeth come out since they’re a lot more malleable at that stage. But it’s never too late to seek orthodontic treatment and fix your crooked smile. If you’re concerned about getting traditional metal braces, you don’t have to worry because there are several other orthodontic options available.

At Nottingham Dental, we have world-renowned orthodontists Dr. Chen and Dr. Yan who examine your teeth and discuss all of your options. We offer a wide range of orthodontic treatments, including adult braces, Invisalign invisible aligners, and ClearCorrect clear braces. Please continue reading for a detailed discussion of our orthodontics procedures.

What are the Advantages of Teeth Alignment Treatment?

When your teeth are healthy and normal, the upper and lower arches of your teeth should perfectly meet in the middle. When that doesn’t happen and your teeth are out of alignment, you suffer from malocclusion. This is a condition in which your teeth are misaligned and it can result in a number of medical conditions that affect your physical health.

Malocclusion leads to speech impediments and the inability to eat correctly in some situations. But even if that’s not the situation in your case, you still need to correct malocclusion because it can have a lot of long-term consequences. Malocclusion leads to an uneven distribution of bite force across your teeth, which means some of your teeth sustain greater impact while chewing and other simple activities than others.

Furthermore, malocclusion can also lead to issues like teeth grinding, which, in turn, leads to TMD. Teeth grinding is a condition in which you keep clenching or grinding your teeth and it may happen because of uneven teeth. If you continue doing this, you can damage your jaw muscles, which can lead to a condition called temporomandibular disorder in which you suffer from jaw pain, earaches, headaches, and facial pain. Constantly grinding and gnashing your teeth also results in the flattening of your teeth and your enamel may soon wear off and cause tooth sensitivity.

The teeth are certainly the strongest parts of your body. But constant impact and gnashing of teeth may gradually weaken them. When that happens, it’s extremely hard to restore your teeth. That’s why it’s better to seek teeth alignment treatment as soon as possible.

When do you Need Braces?

Adult braces are necessary for various situations — too many to list out — but the following are just some of the most common situations that require the use of braces.

  • When your front teeth protrude further out than the rest of your teeth.
  • When your teeth are crooked and rotated because of a narrow jaw, leading to overcrowded teeth.
  • When the upper arch of your teeth hood over the lower arch.
  • When the lower arch of your teeth extends further our than the upper arch.

The aforementioned list is by no means exhaustive but it’s a good overview of the most common misalignment issues that necessitate orthodontics.

Traditional Adult Braces

Traditional adult braces, also known as metal braces, are basically archwires that go all around your teeth with metal brackets centered along your teeth. These metal brackets apply pressure on your teeth and gradually move them along in the desired direction. As time goes on and your teeth respond to the metal braces, the dentist continues tightening the metal braces so they add even more pressure to your teeth. After a period of one to three years, the metal braces move your teeth into the correct position and straighten your teeth completely.

Metal braces are generally used to treat misaligned teeth and extreme overcrowding issues. They also allow the dentist the move your teeth along in small increments and they’re far more reasonable than the other orthodontic procedures because the dentist just needs to create a single set of metal braces that are just tightened over time. However, metal braces are also quite unattractive and you can’t take them off on your own — which means you have to be mindful of what you eat because they get stained easily.

Invisalign Invisible Aligners

Invisalign invisible aligners are clear thermoplastic trays that the dentist attached over your teeth. These thermoplastic trays are completely transparent so they can’t be seen by others — not unless they’re actively trying to observe your teeth. They gradually apply pressure on your teeth and move them along. The dentist has to change the invisible aligners every 2 weeks and give you another pair of invisible aligners. You can also remove the aligners at will — especially when you’re eating — but you must wear them for at least 22 hours every day. Invisalign is also a much faster treatment than traditional braces and it can straighten your teeth in 6 to 18 months.

ClearCorrect Clear Braces

ClearCorrect clear braces are also similar to Invisalign invisible aligners. They’re clear and transparent thermoplastic trays that you wear on your teeth to gradually apply pressure and move them in the correct direction. You have to change the aligners every 2 weeks so each progressive set of aligners can continue moving your teeth correctly. The biggest issue with ClearCorrect clear braces is that you can take them off, so you may lose them or you may not wear them sufficiently enough for the treatment to be effective. It relies on patient compliance heavily.

Schedule your Orthodontics Procedure

As you can see, Nottingham Dental offers all the latest and best orthodontics procedures. If you have misaligned or crooked teeth, schedule your orthodontics appointment today and discuss your options with our orthodontists.