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Explore Your Options for Straighter Teeth @ Ivy Cottage Dental Practice Are you one of the millions of adults in need of adult braces who are unhappy, self-conscious or even embarrassed of your smile? Many adults spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk.  They feel stuck because they do not want to wear adult metal braces for years or they are concerned that other corrective teeth straightening procedures could be too invasive or too expensive.  Now, there is an effective, safe and affordable cosmetic braces solution that fits your lifestyle.

Short Term Orthodontics

A combination of proven orthodontic techniques, modern materials, and clear orthodontic brackets gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months. Short term orthodontics is useful when correcting cosmetic issues but sometimes a more comprehensive approach is required.

Conventional Braces

The term, ‘conventional braces’, simply describes the type of braces that we are all generally familiar with. Your treatment can last anywhere between 1 and 3 years, depending upon the amount of movement necessary. Once your treatment is completed you will need to wear a clear night-time retainer for at least a year which holds the teeth in their new position until they settle permanently into their new position. Conventional braces are almost always used when treating kids and teenagers as this is an ideal time to correct malocclusions and get a comfortable bite and nice appearance. Sometimes teeth are removed to make space to do this.


The aligners are a transparent type of device which is similar in appearance to a brace. They are worn for two to four weeks before being replaced with another aligner. They gently move the teeth into the desired position over a period of time.

Duration of orthodontic treatment.

The length of time you wear an orthodontic device depends upon the extent of the problem and available treatment. Plus your dentist/orthodontist will recommend suitable forms of treatment such as a particular type of brace. Most braces are worn for a period of 1 to 3 years apart from the faster acting braces which are effective in a matter of months. This is then followed by wearing a retainer which helps to keep your newly positioned teeth in place. A retainer is usually worn for at least a year following the wearing of a brace but there are cases where it has to be worn on a permanent basis. Retainers can be clear gum shields that are worn over night or a fixed wire placed behind your teeth.

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Clyde Life March 2014 Issue 17  
Clyde Life March 2014 Issue 17  

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