Orthodontic appliances might be necessary to ensure the success of your treatment. Our on-site lab means that appliances are carefully overseen by the orthodontist and are available to us without delay. Here are some of the options you might be given throughout your treatment journey.
(Please Note: These appliances may or may not be suited to your individual circumstances. A full assessment is needed to establish the correct course of treatment.)
Sometimes known as invisible braces, orthodontic aligners like Invisalign are clear appliances that fit over your teeth and gradually move them into the correct position. Aligners must be worn several hours a day for them to be effective.
For minor problems, we have sophisticated 3d Printing systems that facilitate making aligners on-site. This allows for a significant saving which gets passed on to you...
Cantilever bite jumper
This is used in growing patients when the orthodontist wishes to address a lower jaw that is further back than it should be. Once your CBJ is fitted, we will check and adjust it accordingly.
Expanders are used to widen the upper jaw in growing children, if it is too narrow in relation to the lower jaw. We will use a Rapid Maxillary Expander (RME) (also known as a Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE) to put this right. It is the most commonly used appliance in children.
Retainers help ensure that your amazing orthodontic result is maintained. You will be advised how long to wear your retainer following treatment to achieve the best results. We’ll also give you care instructions to make sure it stays in top condition.
Separators are placed between your teeth so they can make sufficient room for orthodontic bands to be inserted. Separator wear is usually needed before banded appliances can be placed.
Upper removal appliance
Upper removal appliances – or URAs – are removable appliances that are worn all the time. The function of the URA will depend on your treatment; examples include to correct accident-prone front teeth in growing children, or to move front teeth out of a traumatic bite relationship.