Modern metal braces are much smaller and more comfortable than before. Its small size allows for greater patient comfort and better oral hygiene!
They are the most common type of braces used for kids and teens but they’re also an option for adults, particularly for those who are budget conscious.
Conventional braces use O-rings (rubber rings) to tie orthodontic wire to brackets to generate teeth movement. The system has its pros and cons. The main down sides of O-rings are: high friction, plaque retentive, discolouration, rubber deterioration and breakages. However, self-ligating braces use trap door or clip to hold orthodontic wire in place. The self-ligating system minimises or eliminates the sides effects, which makes orthodontic treatment more effective and efficient. Our centre has developed “versatile ligation protocol” on the most advanced self-ligating braces: Damon Ultima. The protocol takes the control of teeth movement to a new level.
Clear braces work in precisely the same way as traditional metal braces and produce the same results but are aimed at patients needing aesthetically pleasing orthodontic treatment.
Clear braces are either tooth-coloured or completely clear producing both aesthetically pleasing and efficient braces. It can be used with tooth-coloured wires to make them even less visible.
Aligners will straighten teeth without the need for braces which means you can enjoy the convenience and flexibility while eating and brushing. By using a sequence of removable clear aligners that are translucent and nearly invisible, it aligns crooked teeth but are not suited to every situation. Change photo: TBA including 3 brands:
Orthodontic implants, also called TAD, provide extraordinary control in orthodontic movement and directions in complex orthodontic cases. In some circumstances, Skeletal Anchorage System can also be inserted by Oral Surgeons to expand the flexibility of treatment options. Spaces can be created or closed in suitable cases. Extraction of teeth therefore may be minimised. Our surgery has over 19 years of experience in using orthodontic implants. Dr Ho has inserted nearly a thousand orthodontic implants since 2004.
There is a wide range of functional appliances to correct bite problems and facial imbalances. Although functional appliances are mainly used in patients who are still growing, some adults may have similar cellular and biological responses to the appliances. Our clinic utilises functional appliances such as expanders and twin block for young patients. Modified approach is designed to achieve an effective outcome for adult patients with less discomfort. Customised designs such as Shark Fin Twin Block are specifically developed to treat different facial patterns.
Arch expansion with fixed expander is one of many ways to treat orthodontic problems. Unusually arch expansion means to increase arch width. Benefits of arch expansion include space creation, improvement in arch coordination, improvement in oral function, improvement of airway. However, arch expansion does have its side effects. Indiscriminately use of arch expander to resolve dental crowding may cause irreversible complication. Diagnosis remains the key to good treatment planning.
Sleep Apnoea can happen in children and adults. Our clinic provides anti-snoring, mandibular repositioning devices to improve quality of sleep. Studies in Australia show that more than two thirds of patients suffering from sleep apnoea will benefit from anti-snoring devices. Our devices are individually customised to achieve maximum comfort and effects. Surgical options can be considered in severe cases.
Orthodontic treatment with jaw surgery helps to correct severe facial imbalance and improve overall quality of life. Advances in surgical techniques in recent years such as Surgery First, 3D AI modelling, customised rigid fixation bone plate, not only enhance surgical planning and results, but also improves predictability and recovery of the procedures. Our clinic utilises stage-of-art 3D facial scanning combined with 3D x-rays and 3D dental scanning creates a true 3D facial modelling for better planning and outcome.
Before and after orthodontics combined with jaw surgery