FAQ: Fixed braces (Train track)

FAQ: Fixed braces (Train track)

Fixed braces are often referred to as 'train track' braces. The orthodontist attaches metal or tooth-coloured brackets - small blocks - to the teeth and then runs a special wire over the brackets to pull the teeth into the right position. Q: What...
FAQ: Twin-blocks

FAQ: Twin-blocks

The Twin Block Appliance is used to align the upper and lower jaws of growing children and teenagers so that the jaws come together properly. It can also be used to widen the jaw to prevent overcrowding of teeth, when used with an 'expander' in the upper...
FAQ: Canine in the palate

FAQ: Canine in the palate

Q: Where is the upper canine?A: This tooth forms high up in the mouth to the side of the nose. Q: What is a canine in the palate?A: The upper canine can fail to grow into its proper place in the mouth. It can often end up in the palate behind the...
FAQ: Hawley retainer

FAQ: Hawley retainer

Hawley Retainer is a removable brace made from plastic and stainless steel wire.Q: Why is a Hawley Retainer needed?A: This type of retainer is used to keep teeth straight after the fixed brace is removed. Q: Will my Orthodontist or Dentist provide...
FAQ: Vacuum formed retainer

FAQ: Vacuum formed retainer

A vacuum formed retainer is a thin brace made from a sheet of clear plastic, which looks similar to a gum shield in shape Q: Why is a Vacuum Formed Retainer needed? A: This retainer is needed to stop teeth moving back after the fixed brace is removed. Q:...
FAQ: Invisalign

FAQ: Invisalign

Invisalign makes it easier than ever to get the smile that you want without experiencing the discomfort of wearing metal braces. It is a revolutionary way to straighten your smile, and it gives you a reason to smile even during treatments!  Q:...
FAQ: What is bonded fibreglass retainer?

FAQ: What is bonded fibreglass retainer?

After the braces are removed, a bonded fibreglass retainer is used to maintain the teeth in their newly aligned position.  Q: What is a bonded fibreglass retainer?A: A bonded fibreglass retainer is a tooth coloured strip of material fixed to...
FAQ: Bonded wire retainer

FAQ: Bonded wire retainer

A bonded wire retainer is a small wire glued to the inside of the top or bottom front teeth.  Q: How does the bonded retainer work?Bonded Wire Retainer A: As the wire retainer is both fixed to the teeth but still flexible it prevents the teeth...
FAQ: Rapid maxillary expander

FAQ: Rapid maxillary expander

A Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE) is an upper appliance that places pressure on the upper jaw (maxilla) by turning a midline screw.  The pressure separates the mid palatal suture thus making the maxilla wider, which can correct crossbites and creat...
Surgical Orthodontics

Surgical Orthodontics

 What is surgical orthodontics?Surgical orthodontics is also known as orthognathic surgery because, just as an orthodontist repositions teeth, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon uses orthognathic surgery to reposition one or both jaws. Just as "orthodontics"...

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