Cosmetic Braces

For those who prefer a more discreet approach to wearing braces, our cosmetic tooth-coloured braces are just the thing for you! At Simply Orthodontics, we utilise Damon Clear™ braces which are 100% ceramic and most importantly do not discolour. The brackets are very comfortable for patients to adjust to in the beginning of treatment. They are also self-ligating and work efficiently with the range of wires that we use, therefore streamlining treatment.

While treatments with clear aligners such as Invisalign™ have the benefit of being equally discreet, their use may not be recommended for certain orthodontic problems. Not only are our cosmetic braces cost-effective, they are also suited to every patient.

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  1. Initial Consultation

    Your initial consultation is designed to allow you and your Orthodontist to have an informative yet informal discussion about your concerns and orthodontic needs. Your visual and radiographic records will provide invaluable information and together with the clinical assessment, will enable your Orthodontist to formulate a treatment plan that is customised to you and addresses all your concerns.

  2. Fitting Appointment

    Your braces fitting appointment, also known as the ‘Band Up’ appointment is one of two longer appointments of your treatment and is usually scheduled for the middle part of the day. It is a relaxing appointment and no anaesthesia is required for the braces to be fitted. An oral hygiene care session follows the band up procedure where you will be shown how to care for your teeth and new braces.

  3. Braces-check Appointment

    Every 6-8 weeks patients return to the practice for their braces-check appointments. At these appointments, adjustments may be made to your braces and your progress will be discussed.

  4. Deband Appointment

    The procedure for removing braces is a relatively quick and simple one. Once the braces are removed, our Hygienists will also clean and polish the bonding resin off the tooth surfaces. A set of impressions is then taken to fabricate your new set of retainers, which are made in house by our clinical staff. As these appointments usually take place in the morning, your retainers will be ready for your fit appointment in the afternoon.

  5. Retainers and Retention

    Your retainers retain your new tooth positions and wearing them is paramount to maintaining your new smile. Relapse can occur if retainers are not worn and its severity can present in varying degrees. Further retainer check appointments are included in your initial treatment fee and Dr Skilton and Dr Yap are always happy to provide additional retainer checks if required.

What are cosmetic braces?

Ideal for patients who would like a more discreet option than traditional metal braces, cosmetic braces are tooth-coloured and are both comfortable and effective. At Simply Orthodontics, we offer Damon Clear braces, which are made from 100% ceramics.

Why choose cosmetic braces?

Because cosmetic braces are tooth-coloured, they are almost completely invisible, making them a great option for adults seeking a discreet treatment option. They do not discolour during the course of treatment.

The braces are self-litigating, which means that they work efficiently with the use of wires. We offer Damon Clear braces, which are a cost-effective choice.

What are the cosmetic braces made of?

The Damon Clear™ ceramic braces are made of sturdy polycrystalline alumina, manufactured to have smooth and rounded contours for maximum patient comfort. This differs from other cosmetic braces in that it is fully aesthetic and does not require the traditional metal slot that interacts with the archwire. This means that you do not see any metal on your brace itself. As they are self-ligating, there is no need for modules (clear ties), which eliminates the “staining” component from your braces. Thus, no matter what you eat or drink, your clear braces will not discolour during treatment.

What about my other cosmetic options?

Invisalign™ clear aligners are widely known as ‘Invisible Braces’ as they are made of a clear plastic material and wearing a series of aligners will elicit tooth movement. While this treatment modality can be extremely effective for certain patients, not every patient is a good candidate.

Lingual orthodontic treatment/lingual braces are also another alternative to cosmetic braces. Braces are placed on the inner aspect of the teeth, allowing for effective tooth movement without any visible braces. Simply Orthodontics is a provider of IncognitoTM lingual braces which remain the “gold standard” in lingual appliances.

How often should I see my orthodontist?

You’ll need to see your orthodontist for an initial consultation, during which you can discuss any concerns you might have. You’ll also have a clinical assessment at this point so that your treatment plan can be formulated.

Next, you’ll attend a fitting appointment in which your braces will be fitted. You’ll be shown to how to take care of your braces.

Every six to eight weeks, you will attend a check-up appointment. Any necessary adjustments will be made, and your orthodontist will check your progress.

Once your treatment is complete, your braces will be removed. Your teeth will be cleaned and polished, and a set of impressions will be taken so that a set of retainers can be made.

How long do I have to wear a retainer after braces?

Your orthodontist will give you a good idea of how long you will need to wear your retainer after you have had your braces removed. Sometimes, your dentist may recommend a fixed retainer. Don’t worry, these retainers are not visible! Speak to your orthodontist to gain a more accurate idea of what your retainer situation will look like.

How long do retainers last?

If you take proper care of your retainer, it can last a very long time. Physically speaking, cleaning your retainer and keeping it in its box can ensure that it lasts a long time. Making your retainer last is also a matter of not losing it! Take responsibility of your removable retainer so that you do not misplace it!

Are all retainers the same?

Though they may look similar, no two retainers are the same. Retainers are custom made to fit you and to cater to your individual needs. Retainers can also come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, structures and colours.

Can an adult wear braces?

Of course! Contrary to what many people believe, braces are not just for kids. Teens and adults can also wear braces. For those who have severe issues when it comes to the placement of their teeth, braces are often the best option when it comes to straightening your teeth. Speak to your orthodontist to determine whether or not braces are for you.

How do I clean my braces?

Braces do require a certain cleaning technique that will be mastered once you have had your braces for a while. You should begin by brushing your teeth as usual. Following this, you should use an interdental brush to clean between your braces. There is special dental floss on the market that you can purchase from a pharmacy or your orthodontist. This floss will easily slide between your braces giving you ease when flossing. Following this technique will ensure you adequately clean your teeth and braces.

How often will I need an appointment if I have braces?

Those who wear braces will be making trips to the orthodontist on a fairly regular basis. Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients wearing braces are seen every 5 to 10 weeks. If a specific situation requires more frequent monitoring, we will adjust the schedule to ensure the best results.

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