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Malocclusion

Malocclusion What is it:  Overview, Causes and Diagnosis | National Dental Centre Singapore

Malocclusion - Symptoms

Malocclusion - How to prevent?

Malocclusion - Treatments

There are many different types of braces, each suited to a particular type of problem. The best type of brace for you will be advised by the orthodontist depending on your teeth and your personal needs.

1. Fixed Braces

Fixed braces are small attachments called ‘brackets’ that are attached to the front of each individual tooth with a special adhesive, linked together by orthodontic wires. These attachments can be made of metal or a tooth-coloured material like porcelain (ceramic). Manyteenage patients choose vibrant colours to customise their metal braces.

Self-ligating braces incorporate features (innovative ways of holding the wire in place) to help the teeth move more smoothly and so make treatment quicker.

Fixed braces treatment for malocclusion available at National Dental Centre Singapore.

2. Invisible Aligners

Clear aligners are clear removable braces which gradually straighten teeth when worn all the time. They are virtually unnoticeable and are good for less severe cases. These aligners are usually worn full time and removed when eating and brushing. The aligners move your teeth gradually and are changed every two weeks until its completion.

Invisible braces treatment for malocclusion available at National Dental Centre Singapore.

3. Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are fixed braces which are attached to the back of the teeth rather than the front. This means they are truly invisible so you can continue to smile with confidence throughout treatment.

As lingual braces are not visible, they are ideal for adults or older teenagers who are concerned about the appearance of traditional fixed braces. Lingual braces are invisible when the patient smiles.

Your orthodontist is the best person to recommend the bracing system best suited to your lifestyle and malocclusion.

Lingual braces treatment for malocclusion available at National Dental Centre Singapore.

Retainers After Treatment

After your orthodontic treatment is finished, you will need retainers to hold your teeth in their new positions. Your orthodontist will prescribe the retention plan that is best for you. To avoid the risk of late crowding in adult patients, it is often prescribed that they usually sleep with their retainers on for the rest of their lives, if they want their teeth in perfect alignment.

Orthodontic Treatment : How Long Does It Take?

Orthodontic treatment with fixed braces generally takes two to three years. The braces are fixed permanently on the teeth until the completion of treatment. You need to visit your orthodontist regularly (four to eight weeks interval) for treatment follow-up. For a successful outcome, you need to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing regularly, especially after every meal and snack. To do that, do remember to bring a travel toothbrush with you when you are not at home and avoid eating hard, sticky foods.

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