Braces (Orthodontics)

Orthodontic treatment (braces) has changed considerably over the years. Our patients now have more choices.
Different types of braces are made available to suit the needs of our patients. Besides the conventional metal brackets, tooth-coloured (porcelain) brackets are also available for patients who prefer less visible braces. Other “invisible” orthodontics like lingual braces, for example the Icognito™ braces system and Invisalign are available at the clinic. The SimpliClear® braces system has clear brackets and wires making braces more inconspicuous.
There is also a new generation of orthodontic brackets known as ‘self-ligating brackets’ (eg Damon or Smartclip) which create less friction between the wire and the bracket. This allows for relatively faster movement of the teeth and less discomfort for the patient. The tooth-coloured version of such braces is now available.
Usually, a patient is only ready for treatment when all the milk teeth have fallen out at about the age of 12. Some patients will, however, benefit from early or interceptive orthodontic treatment. Our orthodontist will do a jaw and teeth analysis to determine if this is necessary.