We are able to offer the full range of Orthodontic treatment options available to help you achieve a straighter smile. Our expert specialist orthodontist team will carefully examine your current smile and based on this and your desired outcome, recommend one or more treatment options and explain the relative merits of each.
Below you can explore the most common orthodontic treatment options we offer at Bristol Dental Specialists.
Lingual braces are the most discreet method of straightening teeth as they are fitted to the back of your teeth. Lingual braces are therefore largely invisible to the outside world and can be used to treat a wide variety of orthodontic problems, some of which can’t be corrected by clear aligners.
Invisalign allows you to transform your smile discreetly and comfortably using a series of virtually invisible custom-made aligners to gradually straighten your teeth without the need for metal wires or brackets. Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth and is worn for 7-10 days at a time for between 20-22 hours a day. They are conveniently removed for meals and cleaning your teeth.
Tooth coloured ceramic braces are the clear alternative to conventional metal braces. Each bracket is made from a single clear sapphire crystal, which has been grown, heat treated and polished to make it extra smooth and translucent. Sapphire is second only to diamond in strength, which makes ceramic braces very tough.
Although not as popular as some of the less obvious alternatives, metal braces are still very popular and highly effective. They are less expensive than ceramic or custom metal brackets and are comfortable to wear, they are a great option for children as they can be customised with different colours making them fun to wear!
Self-ligating braces look like fixed metal, and clear braces. Brackets are bonded to the front surface of your teeth and a thin arch wire is threaded through the brackets to connect them.
When your teeth have been aligned into position and the desired end-result is achieved, they need to be stabilized until your bone, gums, and muscles have adapted to the new tooth positions. This stage is called retention and follows the removal of the active braces.