The Orthodontic Centres focus exclusively on specialised orthodontic treatments. These still include relatively ‘popular’ procedures relating to fixed braces, removable braces and braces that can improve a child’s profile, as well as more complex procedures such as those listed below.

Our centres are not contracted to any medical aids, but we are committed to serving your needs. Prices are based on affordability with interest free monthly payment plans also available. Both practices work in close conjunction with Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons to treat patients that have severe jaw problems and unerupted teeth.

As mentioned no general dentistry procedures are carried out. Fillings, extractions, cleanings and so on will need to be carried out by the patients’ referring Dentist.

Orthodontic Procedures

Here are a few of the common conditions and related procedures that we carry out:

 Biting the wrong way round  Gaps between the teeth  Crowding of teeth  Crowding of teeth

Moving Teeth and Aligning Bite with Braces

These are metal braces with metal, ceramic or composite brackets. They are used to improve the spacing of teeth, and correct mild to moderate bite problems such as those relating to overbite, underbite, and crossbite. They place slow, steady pressure on the treated teeth, which causes changes in the shape of the tooth socket, creating a small space for the tooth to move in the desired direction and filling in the gap left behind with new bony tissue.

The total length of this orthodontics procedure depends on the amount of movement needed, and how the patient’s teeth respond, generally taking 12-30 months.

Increasing Jaw Size with Expanders

To increase upper jaw size, orthodontists use palatal expanders. This may be done to relieve crowding or to correct an underbite, which is when the bottom teeth close in front of the upper teeth. The underbite can be attributed to several primary causes; it may be hereditary, caused by abnormalities with the jaw bone, poor chewing habits and even thumb sucking. The use of expanders is mostly used for children, as it works best when the jaw is still growing. This makes early identification and the proactive behaviour of parents pivotal in assisting their children to rectify this dental condition effectively. For adults treatment is still possible, but the procedure is more extensive and surgery is required prior to using an expander. Once the two halves of the jaw have fused together along the suture line in the centre, they can be installed.

This may take several visits, since spacers are placed periodically to create the required ‘gaps’. The patient uses a key to adjust the expander, usually twice a day.

Keeping Teeth Straight with a Retainer

A retainer is generally prescribed after any orthodontics procedures involving metal braces or Invisalign. This is a custom fabricated metal or plastic device that fits over the treated teeth and holds them in place. The procedure for fitting a retainer involves taking a mold of the patient’s mouth at one visit and installing the custom molded retainer at the next visit. Both metal and plastic retainers can usually be removed by the patient as needed.

After an initial phase of treatment, a patient will generally wear the retainer for several years after braces are removed. The retainer basically ensures the sustainability or long-lasting benefits of orthodontic procedures involving the use of braces to straighten improperly aligned teeth.

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