Fixed Braces

A non-removable brace made up of the brackets, which are bonded to the teeth for the duration of the treatment, as well as bands and archwires. Fixed braces correct the position of teeth. These make it possible to successfully treat gaps, crooked or misaligned teeth.

Advantage

  • Operate 24 hours a day
  • Faster treatment than with removable braces

Disadvantage

  • Requires very good oral hygiene

Removable braces

These consist of plastic and metal brackets and screws. They can consist of one or two parts. There is a variety of removable braces. The orthodontist will determine the best technique to use after carefully examining the patient.

Advantage

  • Oral hygiene is easier

Disadvantage

  • Requires very good patient compliance
  • Limited success with shorter treatment times
  • Treatment usually lasts much longer than with fixed braces
  • Not all malocclusions can be treated successfully with this method

Invisible Appliances/Clear Appliances Braces

These practically "invisible" braces can correct mild to moderate malocclusions within a few months. Similar to the Invisalign® method, the teeth are moved using a series of aligners. The clear aligners are very popular among patients who do not wish to wear visible braces.

Advantage

  • Aesthetical, as they are not visible
  • High wearing comfort
  • Hygienic
  • No difficulty with speech

Early Treatment

Orthodontic treatment generally begins between nine and eleven years of age. In some particular cases, however, early treatment is recommended (from six years) if there is a potential of growth or developmental disorders of the jaw. This is usually performed with removable braces and lasts 1 1/2 years.

If you or your dentist are uncertain whether early treatment is necessary, please book a consultation appointment with us.

Sport Mouthguards

A "custom-made" mouthguard is recommended for any kind of sport where there is a risk of dental damage. This includes not only risky sports such as boxing, martial arts or hockey, but also handball or basketball where teeth may become damaged.

We recommend a mouthguard particularly for patients with fixed braces, as this can lead to frequent bracket losses. Unfortunately, this may also mean a delay in the orthodontic treatment in such cases.

Fixed Retainers

An elegant and most importantly, safe alternative when it comes to stabilising the treatment results is the application of a fixed retainer (= bonded wire). This wire is attached to the back surface of the teeth and is therefore not visible. Patients get used to it very quickly, and oral hygiene is not compromised.

It is recommended to leave this wire in the mouth as long as possible so that the results from the active treatment phase do not change.

Metal brackets

Advantage

  • Durable
  • Inexpensive

Disadvantage

  • Unaesthetic appearance
  • Can cause irritation of the mucous membranes depending on size

Self-Ligating Brackets

This is the newest and most state-of-the-art bracket system. It does not require additional rubber or wire ligatures which leads to less build-up of plaque on the brackets.

Advantage

  • Quicker, more comfortable treatment
  • Less discomfort during tooth movement
  • Less plaque build-up
  • Oral hygiene is easier

Disadvantage

  • More expensive than metal brackets

Ceramic brackets

Ceramic brackets are an aesthetic alternative to metal brackets. They are less conspicuous than metal brackets and offer better comfort. They have a particularly attractive appearance and increase the acceptance of fixed braces.

Advantage

  • Aesthetic
  • Less deposit build-up

Disadvantage

  • More expensive than conventional brackets