While a number of our adult patients choose to treat cosmetic misalignment with Invisalign clear braces, many orthodontic conditions benefit from the use of traditional braces for both children and adults.
- Malocclusion (bite-related) issues
- Developmental (interceptive) orthodontics
- Children and teen orthodontics
- Crossbite and complex cases
- Misalignment that impacts jaw function
- Protrusion and large gaps
Dr Neville Bo offers comprehensive traditional orthodontic treatment at our Swansea Family Dental location.
Traditional Orthodontic Options
We recommend that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by age seven to detect any developmental issues that may benefit from orthopaedic appliances such as spacers or palatal expanders.
Phase one, also called interceptive orthodontics, often eliminates the need for orthodontic-related extractions and may reduce treatment times for children and teens later. Kids can customise their brackets with colourful bands for a whimsical twist to metal braces.
Adults with TMJ (temporomandibular joint, jaw joint) disorders, complex cases or significant bite issues may also benefit from traditional braces. Fortunately, more options exist today for our adult patients who want to avoid metal hardware’s impact on the smile.
Ceramic tooth-coloured brackets and wires blend in more naturally with the teeth, making braces less intrusive on the aesthetics of the smile during treatment.
Planning Orthodontic Treatment
A full orthodontic evaluation with Dr Bo will provide the information necessary to determine orthodontic options for you or your child.
- Diagnostic x-rays
- Moulds of teeth
- Treatment planning
- Digital Smile Design
- Treatment time and cost estimates
We present all orthodontic options for our patients and support them in the decision they make for their smiles.
Orthodontic Maintenance Visits
Regular follow-up visits at our Swansea dental clinic will ensure that treatment remains on track. Dr Bo will make adjustments to the wire, which guides the movement of teeth. In most cases, orthodontic follow-up appointments every three or four weeks will gradually move teeth into proper alignment.
Treatment times depend on the needs of our patients and averages about 24 to 30 months. Cosmetic cases involving the front teeth may result in shorter treatment times. Complex orthodontic cases may take a bit longer.
At-Home Care for Braces
While wearing braces, avoiding overly crunchy or sticky foods will protect the wires and brackets from damage. We will discuss dietary restrictions in detail at your appointment.
Good oral hygiene is essential and requires some extra attention while wearing braces. Brushing teeth twice a day and flossing around the brackets and wires will promote good periodontal health and reduce the risk of developing decay. Commercially available floss threaders and small brushes will make looking after your brackets and wires more convenient.
After active orthodontic treatment, wearing a retainer will keep teeth from drifting and protect your investment.
Are You Interested in a Straighter Smile?
If you are an adult who is ready to improve the function or appearance of your smile, or if you have a child who may need braces, contact our Swansea dental clinic to arrange an appointment with Dr Bo. He will discuss your options and help you achieve your goals for your smile.