Non Extraction Orthopaedic Orthodontics

Before the adult teeth erupt, it may be possible to guide them into the correct position. It’s common, for example, for the upper or lower jaw to be too small to accommodate all of the emerging teeth.

A few decades ago, the solution for crowding was to extract a number of the healthy adult teeth followed by the use of fixed braces to move the teeth into a desired position.

Early intervention takes advantage of the fact that a child’s jaw is still growing. There are various growth and functional orthopaedic appliances that can be used to assist the growth and development of the dentofacial skeleton and airways, assisting in better facial form and function without the need for tooth extraction.

Children who undergo orthopaedics may still need braces, retainers or other orthodontic appliances later, but this pre-treatment may reduce the severity of the problem. You could possibly avoid extraction of their adult teeth in the future and significantly reduce the amount of time needed in fixed braces.

Orthodontic banding

How often will I visit my dentist?

You can now look forward to an interesting 12-24 months during which you will be seeing a big change in the look of your teeth, we will need to see you every 4-6 weeks to adjust your orthodontic bands.

What will happen at my appointments?

During each adjustment we may change the ligatures (small rubber rings that go around each bracket). We may change the wire size and instruct you on wearing elastics and if you are wearing an appliance it will be adjusted

How do I bush my teeth with braces?

Tooth brushing and flossing is very important at all times, but especially when you are wearing orthodontic brackets. You must brush your teeth carefully three times per day. Orthodontic brackets are fairly easy to clean you just need to take a little more time with a small, soft toothbrush, you will be given a demonstration at your banding appointment.

What foods can I eat?

You now have brackets on your teeth that are bumpy and can easily catch or stick to food and can break off. Foods which you should not eat include- Chewy caramel or other sticky lollies. You should cut up apples, steak, avoid crusty breads, we suggest you do not drink fizzy drinks (especially cola or sports drinks) as it can damage the enamel of your teeth.

Are braces uncomfortable

You can expect to feel slight discomfort for a few days after the banding; this should not be too bad and can be relieved with mild pain relief medication. After each adjustment appointment your teeth will feel slightly tender again, eat soft foods that day, we will give you protective wax to use on any brackets that are rubbing your lips or cheeks.