Orthodontic treatment involves the straightening, aligning or moving of teeth in order to improve both overall appearance and functionality. It works by spreading the biting pressure across all of the teeth and reducing any crowding in the mouth. As such, teeth might need to be extracted in order to “make room” for the teeth that are about to move into alignment with the others.
Where this might not be necessary for all patients, you will need to attend a consultation for us to determine whether this stage is needed or not. Orthodontic treatment is suitable for all ages, however, it is highly-advisable for young children to wait until all adult teeth are through prior to commencing treatment.
Our highly-skilled orthodontists in Loughborough and the surrounding areas will work closely with you every step of the way to ensure you fully-understand the treatment, what it entails and how long your treatment will last for. It could be anywhere between a few months to two or three years, depending on the severity of your case.
Orthodontic treatment in Loughborough
Our team of expert dental practitioners are high-qualified and fully-trained to perform orthodontic treatment in Loughborough and across the East Midlands that’ll transform your smile. There are several methods of aligning the teeth to form a perfectly straight smile. But one of the most popular forms of orthodontic treatment is Invisalign and here at Quorn Dental Practice and Implant Clinic, we’re pleased to be able to offer this as an orthodontic option to our patients.
Invisalign treatment in Loughborough
At Quorn Dental Practice and Implant Clinic, our dentists will discuss the range of appliances available to you at your initial consultation. This will include Invisalign treatment in Loughborough and the surrounding areas. Invisalign is a modern, invisible (as the name would suggest) way of achieving the same results as fixed metal braces. As they offer so many advantages in comparison to metal braces, Invisalign treatment is often chosen over traditional teeth-straightening methods. Some of the other benefits of Invisalign include:
- They’re completely invisible, so no one will know you’re undergoing this particular teeth-straightening treatment
- They’re incredibly comfortable in comparison to fixed metal braces
- They guarantee cleanliness as the trays are removable, just make sure you take care of the trays as advised and maintain good oral hygiene throughout your treatment
- You’ll only have to go for checkups once every six weeks on average
- They’re entirely safe and removable, making brushing your teeth and eating your favourite foods much easier and more comfortable
- They provide the same great results as traditional metal braces
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
The length of treatment depends on how severe the problem is. It could take anything from a few months to two-and-a-half years for your orthodontic treatment to be completed, from start to finish. Depending on the severity of the situation, the orthodontic process can be extremely complex and so this will affect the length of time your treatment will take. However, on average, most people will undertake orthodontic treatment between one and two years.
Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
It may feel strange, at first, when orthodontic treatment is carried out. It might even cause some discomfort at times, but this is a normal part of the process. The teeth will usually feel slightly uncomfortable immediately after a brace has been fitted and adjusted at subsequent appointments, but this is to be expected and you can rest assured that it will settle with time.
What happens at the end of my orthodontic treatment?
When treatment has finished, the teeth will need to be held in position for a time with appliances called retainers. The retainers hold newly-straightened teeth in position while the surrounding gum and bone settles.
The retainers are made using a mould. The mould is produced by pressing a clay-like substance into the teeth which is left there for a few minutes. As it starts to harden, the mould will be removed and a plastic replica will be made that is designed to envelope your teeth and keep them contained to prevent movement in the future.
Failure to wear your retainers will likely result in the movement of the teeth back to their original position and extra treatment will be needed to rectify the problem. Most of our patients do not experience any problems with their retainers or the wearing of them and, as such, this will conclude your orthodontic treatment.
You might be required to wear your retainers for several years after your braces have been removed. However, your orthodontist might give you bespoke advice depending on your individual case.