Braces: SureSmile® and Metal Braces
Perfect Smiles Orthodontics offer traditional metal braces treatments, as well as the more advanced SureSmile® computer aided orthodontic treatment.
What is SureSmile?
For decades, orthodontists have straightened teeth by placing a series of archwires in a patient's mouth. Each wire required minutes to be placed by the doctor to move the teeth to their intended position. Over time teeth are straightened and the braces are removed.
Suresmile is a new technology using computer software and robotics to make precise bends in a patient's treatment wire. When such a wire is placed, the teeth are moved with very gentle forces programmed into the new high-tech memory wire. The net result is a beautiful smile and a comfortable bite with fewer wire changes and in significantly less time than conventional wires bent by the doctor. Patients benefit by having fewer wire changes, less sore teeth, and getting their braces off in fewer months.
To utilise SureSmile technology, our main office in Ballajura will scan the teeth within a few months of placing the braces. The information derived from the scan is sent over the internet to a facility in Texas. Dr Chin will then move the teeth into their ideal position in the virtual world. Computer software then directs robotic arms (as illustrated) to place the necessary bends in the high-tech wire to produce the perfect smile and the perfect bite!
What is a fixed appliance (fixed metal braces)?
A fixed appliance is a type of brace which is glued onto your teeth. As such, this type of brace cannot be removed for cleaning or eating. They work on your teeth by:
- Straightening crooked teeth
- Correcting bad or uncomfortable bites
How long will your treatment take with a fixed brace?
Treatment with braces normally takes between 12 to 24 months to complete. However, this may vary according to the severity of your case. If you fail or cancel your appointments repeatedly or frequently break your braces, your treatment time will be longer to fix your crooked teeth.
Will it be painful?
Your teeth will be sore for 3 to 5 days after:
- The initial fitting of the brace
- Each subsequent adjustment
If required, mild painkillers such as Paracetamol (Panadaol) or Ibuprofen (Nurofen) may be taken to ease the discomfort. You will also be given some wax to stop the brace from rubbing on you cheeks and lips.
Can I eat normally?
Yes, you should be able to eat normally. However, for your treatment to work well and in the shortest possible time, it is very important that you take good care of your teeth and brace. In order to prevent damage to both, please avoid the following foods:
- Sticky foods such as toffees, chewing gum etc
- Hard foods such as crusty bread, popcorn, toast, biscuits etc. However, if you cut up any hard foods into small bite-sized pieces, then you may eat them carefully.
- Sugary foods such as lollies and chocolate
- Fizzy drinks and excessive amounts of juice
What about toothbrushing?
It is very important that you brush your teeth and your braces four times a day with a fluoride toothpaste. You should be brushing after meal times including:
- After Breakfast
- After Lunch
- After Dinner
- Before Bedtime
- A fluoride mouthwash should also be used before bedtime after toothbrushing
- The area between your gums and teeth
- The areas in between and underneath the brackets
If you do not keep your teeth, gums and braces clean, your gums will become inflamed and your teeth will permantley scarred.
What should I do if my brace breaks?
You must ring up for an appointment to repair your brace as soon as possible. Please do not wait for your next appointment as the breakage may damage your teeth and slow down your treatment time. If you break your braces repeatedly (more than 3 times), you will be charged a repair fee for each subsequent breakage. Should you continue to break your braces without due care, your orhtodontist may elect to stop your treatment.
Contact Perfect Smiles Orthodontics today to find out more about SureSmile® and metal braces treatments.