Self-ligating fixed appliances keep treatment time to a minimum while ensuring the best-possible results.
Traditional braces use elastic bands, which need replacing regularly and make it difficult to keep your braces clean. Self-ligating braces forego this, meaning you have shorter orthodontist appointments and know your braces are always tight enough to be having the best impact.
How do self-ligating braces work?
Braces work through the wire gently moving the teeth over a period of time, with the wire gripping the bracket attached to your teeth to move them.
Traditionally, braces have used elastic bands to ensure correct tension in the wire. With self-ligating braces, however, the wire is fitted to small clips in the brackets and held in place this way. This results in the braces being much more comfortable to wear, as well as making your orthodontist appointments much faster thanks to the need for the wire to be tightened being removed.
Do braces hurt?Braces work by applying pressure to the teeth to move them into the desired position. As such, some people have mild discomfort in the days following a fitting. Any pain will be minor and over quickly, however.
How long do you need braces?
This depends on the complexity of your treatment. Simple treatments could be completed in six months or less. More complex treatments, however, could take up to two and a half years. Our team will discuss how long you should expect your treatment to be before fitting your braces, so you can go in fully prepared.
Can I see how my teeth will look after treatment?
Yes! We have a specialist system called an iTero scanner which produces a 3D model of your teeth before treatment and uses this to provide an estimation of how your teeth will look upon completion.
We also have numerous before and after photos of treatments ranging in complexity which you will be able to view. We'll show you images of people who had similar teeth to yours, giving you a complete picture of the results you should expect.
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The ResultsThe following before and after cases illustrate what West House Orthodontics can do for your teeth and smile using orthodontic treatments. All photos shown are of actual patients of West House Orthodontics. Visit our braces before and after page to see more results.
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Mr A M O’Malley
BDS (UK), M.Dent.Sci. FDS RCS (Eng), M.Orth RCS (Ed) G.D.C. No: 66971
Adrian graduated from Newcastle Dental School in 1991 having been awarded the ‘best undergraduate student’ prize. Work then took him to several hospitals gaining the experience necessary to ...
Freqently Asked Questions
As well as making you look at feel great, by straightening your teeth and giving you proper jaw alignment orthodontic treatment makes you whole mouth healthier.
Crooked and crowded teeth can create perfect ‘hiding places’ for food to build up and bacteria to flourish. As teeth are straightened, these places are removed, making it easier to keep your teeth clean and reducing the risk of tooth decay or potential tooth loss.
NHS Orthodontic treatment is free for people under 18 with a clear health need for the treatment, although there is often a long waiting list.
NHS Orthodontic care for adults is usually not available, but may be approved on a case-by-case basis.
Age is not a problem, provided the teeth and gums are healthy. We can treat patients from age 7 to 70!
We have a range of payment plans available to help you pay for your brace treatment. You can find out more by viewing our range of plans here.