Orthodontics

Orthodontics (Teeth Straightening)

99316Orthodontic (from Greek orthos “straight”; and odous “tooth”) is concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusions, which may be a result of tooth or skeletal discrepancies. Essentially, orthodontic treatment improves the appearance of a clients’ profile and teeth, and can improve your oral hygiene, change your facial appearance for the better, and give a boost to your self-confidence. Braces are devices which gently correct irregularities in the arrangement of your teeth. They are also called orthodontic appliances.

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During Orthodontic Treatment

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After Orthodontic Treatment

Alpha Dental provides several orthodontic techniques catered to different needs and lifestyle of our clients:

  1. Dentofacial Orthopedic Treatment
  2. Standard MBT Straight Wire System
  3. Self Locking Bracket System
  4. Invisible Aligners/Braces
  5. Lingual Braces
  6. Orthodontic Anchorage Mini-screw
  7. Orthognathic Surgery

To find out which system is suitable for you, do make an appointment for a consultation.

Dentofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of skeletal/bone growth and development during a child’s growth phase. Depending on the type of skeletal abnormalities, your dentist will use specialized appliances like Head Gear,Twin Blocks, Expanders, Face Masks, Herbst appliance to correct the abnormalities. Sometimes orthopedic treatment may precede conventional braces, but often the two are performed at the same time. So if your child gets braces and headgear, he is undergoing two different treatments: Orthodontics and Orthopedics.Because our doctors are skilled in both areas, they are able to diagnose any mis-alignments in the teeth and jaw as well as the facial structure, and can devise a treatment plan that integrates both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments.
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Different Types of Dentofacial Orthopedic Appliances
MBT Straight-Wire System. Brackets are cemented onto the outside of your teeth and a wire is placed onto the brackets and secured by tiny rubber bands. Metallic Braces are most commonly used, or clients may opt for clearPorcelain Braces for a more aesthetic look.

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Metallic Braces

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Porcelain Braces for the clear look
Self-Locking Bracket System
eliminates the use of rubber bands during treatment, shortens the treatment duration and is more comfortable. We use the established Damon® Self Locking Bracket System.

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Comparison of Damon Braces to Standard Braces
Invisible Aligners
allows your to conceal your teeth straightening procedure. This treatment comes in a set of customized computer-stimulated transparent aligners for your daily wear to ‘invisibly’ align your teeth.

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Invisible Aligner
Lingual Braces
are appliances where the brackets are cemented on the inner surface of your teeth and completely hidden from view. The brackets are customised to fit each tooth using CAD-CAM technology and is the latest in orthodontic treatment tehcniques.

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Lingual Braces
Retaining / Stabilizing Phase
After removal of braces, retainers must be worn to help stabilize the teeth. These retainers are very important, as help to keep your teeth stay in their new position.

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FAQs on Orthodontic Treatment

Q. What is the right age to start?

A. For girls, braces treatment usually starts at ages 10-12, boys at 12-14 years. It is recommended that children should be examined at about age 7 for skeletal and dental problems and best to start orthopedic treatment if necessary to capture the growth phase.

Q. I am an adult, will braces still work for me?

A. Yes, it certainly will. You are never too old for braces! In fact one in every five orthodontic clients is an adult.

Q. How long will the treatment take?

A. The length of time will depend on a number of factors, such as complexity of the case and skeletal hardness. It is important that you follow your dentist’s instructions diligently. Regular visits for review are necessary.

Q. What if I am due to leave for another country midway through my treatment?

A. The fortunate thing is that dentists around the world are well-trained to continue treatment for clients who visit them midway through the treatment. Do ask for referrals well in advance. Request for a set of treatment records from your dentist as these will serve as a reference for your new dentist.

Q. How much do braces cost?

A. The cost of braces will depend on various factors such as the level of difficulty and the type of appliances used. Your dentist will recommend a plan to you and discuss it with you before your treatment begins.