treatment appliances

Here you will find a description of the type of appliances used at Ardmillan Orthodontics. Please note that some of these treatment appliances are only suitable for specific cases. Your orthodontist will be happy to discuss your needs and tailor the appliances to your specific case and lifestyle.

Fixed Braces

These are the most common type of orthodontic braces. They are often known as ‘train tracks’. The advantages are that they are able to fine-tune the position of the teeth reliably and with modern sophisticated designs, they are smaller and relatively fast acting to reduce treatment time. This will enable you to achieve that great smile in a shorter space of time.

This brace will be attached to your teeth, you should not try to remove it, as you may damage your teeth and the treatment will not work.

It may be necessary at some point during this treatment to wear elastics on the brackets, these are worn all the time including mealtimes.

The main types of fixed braces are:
1. Metal / Stainless Steel Fixed Braces
2. Tooth coloured / Ceramic Braces

Removable Braces

Removable braces are custom-made, consisting of a plastic brace with metal wire components. It simply clips onto the teeth and over time, it brings about the required change in their position. It can be easily inserted and removed for cleaning.

Another specific type of removable brace is called Functional Brace. These are designed for growing children (age 7-10) and adolescents (age 11-14). The combination of effects on the jaw, teeth and surrounding soft tissues can bring and assist a change in the position of the children’s teeth and facial profile.