Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry concerned with the correction of the position of the teeth and jaws, aiming for a healthy and attractive smile. Orthodontics can be used alone to align crooked teeth & improve a smile or to position teeth to allow other dentistry to be more successful for example, providing optimal space for a bridge or implant.
Typically orthodontics is carried out on children once their adult teeth have erupted, approximately 11-12 years old. There are however a few exceptions where early treatment is undertaken in order to help minimize developing problems or stop potential problems developing altogether. Although typically carried out on children, orthodontic treatment can be very successfully carried out on adults and there is no upper age limit for treatment, as long as the teeth and gums are healthy, with the result that more and more adults are undertaking treatment.
Types of braces used at Mullane Dental are:
Fixed Braces involve a small metal attachment (bracket) "glued" to each individual tooth; these brackets are then linked together with a wire
Removable Braces are those braces that can be removed from the mouth for cleaning. They have limited use and are quite often used in conjunction with other braces.
Invisible Braces consists of a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that you change every two weeks for the next set of aligners. Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth, and your teeth only. As your replace each aligner, your teeth will move - little by little, week by week- until they have straightened to the final position prescribed by your dentist.
If you have any queries please contact us at the Mullane Dental Practice, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. Alternatively, if you would like to book an appointment / consultation with one of our dentists, please use our appointment booking form below.