Orthodontic treatment aligns and straightens both your upper and lower teeth. It also corrects any problems with your bite e.g. an underbite, a deep overbite or an open bite.
This can be achieved through a variety of different methods depending on your personal preference and what your specific needs are.
The conventional method involved fixing metallic braces on your teeth to eventually achieve alignment and a harmonious bite and smile.
Ceramic braces uses tooth colored braces. This is more discreet and less obvious during treatment.
C-Fast corrects alignment issues confined to the upper and lower front 6 teeth. These are normally the teeth visible in your smile line.
It is a fast and effective method of correcting mild to moderate alignment issues affecting these teeth.
It is highly discreet due to the use of tooth colored brackets and white wires.
The process begins with a thorough record taking session. Here we will take x-rays of your teeth, photographs of your teeth and smile from different angles and take impressions or moulds of your teeth.
Once we have these records, we are then able to formulate a treatment plan specific to you and decide what brackets & wires we need to use and are able to accurately tell you how long your treatment will last for.
It is usually advisable to have your braces adjusted every month. However, we see many oversees patients who cannot see us each month. In that event, we are able to still proceed with treatment seeing you at less frequent intervals.
In the first few weeks, the brackets and wire can rub against your lips and cheeks causing some irritation. We will provide you with a special “orthodontic pack” which contains specific ointments, gels and other great methods of preventing such events from occurring and dealing with them when they do occur.
Rest assured however that this is only an initial phase. After a few weeks, your mouth and soft tissue will get used to the brackets and wire and not react any further.
This of course will be dependent on your specific condition. Some treatments can be finished in as short as 3 months. Others can take up to 2 years.
There are many different factors like whether or not you need extractions and what specific conditions we are trying to correct.
Our doctors will always advise you very accurately how long your treatment will last for before proceeding. We will always stick to our timeline.
There are many factors which determine whether you need extractions. The most important factor is you! Straightening of teeth can be done without extractions. However, if we feel a better result can be obtained with extracting teeth, we will tell you and explain in detail why we feel that way.
However, if you are still not eager to have teeth removed, we will be able to accurately show you what result we can get for you without extractions and you are free to decide which option you prefer.
At Ashford, we always give our patients options to choose from and guide them on what we feel is best.
Rest assured, if extractions are opted for, they are done carefully and gently and under local anesthetic so you will not feel a thing.
It is generally recommended that patients wear clear retainers at night time only after having braces removed. This eliminates the chance of having your teeth relapse.
Our clear retainers are comfortable and smooth and you will only need to wear them when you are sleeping at night.
Orthodontic treatment is not Medisave claimable.
The cost of orthodontic treatment will depend on which system is used in your case and the complexity of your situation.
Our Doctors will always advise you of all the costs before proceeding.
Ashford also has flexible interest free, in house installment plans available. Our patients enjoy specifically tailored financial plans to suit you and make you comfortable.