Comprehensive orthodontics traditionally involves the placing of braces on all adult teeth to correct dental alignment, crowding and bite problems simultaneously. This method of treatment is usually the most time efficient and cost effective option.
The traditional style of braces consists of small metal or ceramic squares, called ‘brackets’, which are affixed to the outer surface of the teeth by means of specialised dental glue. The brackets are then joined together by an orthodontic wire, which produces light, gentle forces on the teeth. Over time these forces will move the teeth into the desired positions that the orthodontist has prescribed. Traditional braces have a proven track record and are considered to be the most versatile, predictable and cost effective orthodontic treatment option.
Teeth tend to move slowly through healthy bone, and so orthodontics does take time. Modern advances in techniques and materials, such as space age wires and low friction brackets, have made modern orthodontics quicker and more comfortable than ever before.
Depending on the diagnoses, expansion plates or other attachments may also be used in conjunction with your braces to enhance the final result.
At Scope Orthodontics, we currently use the Damon self ligating brackets for most of our comprehensive orthodontic treatments. For adult patients, we utilise ceramic orthodontic brackets, which prove more aesthetically pleasing. A great advantage to the Damon system brackets, is that the self ligating technology means they do not require coloured elastics to hold the wires to the teeth. These elastics tend to discolour quickly, cause poor hygiene (due to plaque build up) and require regular maintenance appointments.