Orthodontics in Dubai
Many children, and adults have overcrowded, misaligned teeth, or incorrect jaw positioning this can affect self-esteem and more importantly, the way in which they bite their teeth together. This can in certain instances lead to problems with speech, chewing and in the long term cause problems such as arthritis of the jaw joints if not treated at an early age.
Our advice is not to wait until you think your child needs braces. Have regular dental visits with the General Dentist who can advise from an early age as soon as there is an indication that intervention is required. The sooner problems are identified, the less treatment will be required in the long run.
There are many options for treatment with the best Orthodontists in Dubai:
Invisible braces in Dubai - Incognito or Lingual braces are custom made brackets and are placed on the inside of the teeth. The advantage is that you have more confidence knowing that your braces can’t be seen. The disadvantages are that they can take a bit longer to get used to, more difficult to keep clean, they are more expensive and the length of the adjustment appointments are longer.
Invisalign in Dubai - Dentist Direct employ only the best professional dentists, trained in Invisalign, Dubai has in the market. The main advantages are that they are almost invisible, they can be removed for eating, cause little discomfort and can be the perfect option for people living overseas. The disadvantages are that they cannot be used for children, they are more expensive, the treatment can take longer and they are not suitable for the more complicated cases. Invisible braces in Dubai are fast becoming the treatment of choice for adults as it does not use brackets, but instead, custom made clear plastic trays similar to bleaching trays in a numbered sequence and normally consists of anywhere from 8 to 30 trays per jaw. Each of these aligners or trays is worn for a period of two weeks before moving to the next one.
Dentist Direct provide the highest quality invisible braces Dubai dentistry has to offer.
Inman Aligners – these are adult “quick braces”. They won’t correct every crowding problem and are really best used for people who are only really bothered by or need alignment of their front 4 or 6 teeth. Space is created by removing thin shavings of enamel between the teeth to allow them to move to the right place. The appliance works in around 8-12 weeks and then a retainer must be bonded behind the teeth to keep them in place. It is quick and in the right cases gives excellent results but it won’t correct every problem so time must be spent beforehand with computerised planning to make sure you’re a suitable candidate for orthodontics in Dubai.
INVISALIGN and K-LINE
Invisalign and K-Line are a type of orthodontic treatment that helps to straighten teeth without the use of the typical metal braces.
It involves wearing a series of custom-made clear plastic aligners that help shift your teeth into the proper position. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Each aligner shifts your teeth slightly, moving them horizontally and vertically and even rotating them when needed. Your aligners are engineered to use the right amount of force in the right place at the right time.
When you change to the next aligners after approximately 10 days, your teeth gradually move into position, following a custom treatment plan mapped out by your doctor.
There are many benefits to having Invisalign or K-Line Orthodontics:
Firstly, you are able to eat and drink whatever you want. Secondly, it allows you to brush and floss your teeth normally, therefore improving your gum health. Thirdly you are able to remove the aligners whenever you need to, although this should be limited in order not to delay progress and lastly and most importantly it allows you to really enjoy the benefits of virtually invisible teeth straightening.
The only disadvantage with Invisalign or K-Line is that it is not always suitable for severely misaligned teeth.
INCOGNITO OR LINGUAL BRACES
Incognito braces are an advanced generation of custom made braces that are hidden discreetly on the back of the teeth (by the tongue and palate) unlike the traditional ‘train tracks’ which are clearly visible on the front. These lingual braces are perfect for those people who like to go about their normal routines without feeling self-conscious about their braces.
The brackets are cast in gold rather than stainless steel and formed to the shape of your teeth and the wires are custom-fit to your mouth.
The process for lingual braces involves taking impressions of the teeth, which are then sent to a dental laboratory in Germany where the customized brackets and wires are made. This takes about 6 weeks, and once received an appointment is set up to cement the brackets to your teeth and place the first wires.
The wires produce gentle but continuous pressure to the teeth, encouraging them to slowly move to the correct position. The treatment can take anywhere from 18 – 36 months, depending on the amount of movement required to achieve the best result.
The lingual braces have special requirements. As they are custom made, they are more expensive than regular braces and the treatment tends to be more involved. Each adjustment appointment to change the wires would be longer, simply because we are working on the inside of the mouth rather than with brackets on the outside of the teeth which are more easily accessible. As the brackets and wires are on the inside of your teeth next to your tongue, there will be a period of time needed to adjust the way you swallow and also talk. Also, you need to be more diligent with your oral hygiene at home as you are not able to see if you have really removed all food particles and plaque from around the brackets.
Damon braces are self-ligating appliances that are fitted in the same way as traditional metal braces. But instead of having brackets that tighten and adjust the braces regularly, Damon braces use a slide mechanism that attaches wires to brackets to move naturally with the teeth as they realign. This makes them more comfortable, better looking and able to provide strong results in a shorter time.
These braces use a different method for moving the teeth into the right position. The braces are attached to memory wire that connects slide brackets without the pressure that the traditional elastics often produce. They are then set to move your teeth gradually, tightening over time. The process uses less force than traditional braces which often require supplementary treatments such as tooth extractions and possible additional appliances such as those that expand the jaw width.
Damon braces have many advantages over conventional metallic braces:
- The brackets are clear and therefore less visible.
- The treatment time can be considerably shorter, on average up to 7 months.
- Less visits to the orthodontist for adjustments
- Less pressure on the teeth resulting in considerably less discomfort
- Fewer areas on the brackets for plaque and bacteria to collect.
The disadvantages are:
- The wires are stainless steel and therefore are not so aesthetically pleasing
- The braces can be irritating for the first few days until you are used to them
- They cost more than traditional braces.
These are the traditional ‘train track” braces but they have improved greatly over the time as the brackets are now much smaller and less noticeable than they used to be years ago. Also the wires are heat sensitive and use your own body heat to move the teeth more quickly and with less discomfort.
The biggest advantage with these is the cost, as these are the least expensive.
The disadvantage is that they are more visible but they can be ‘dressed up’ by choosing from the many different colours of elastics that secure the wire to the brackets.
Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as the metallic braces but the brackets will be either tooth coloredhey blend when with the teeth. Tooth coloured wires may also be used as these are less noticeable.
The advantages of ceramic braces are that they less noticeable than metallic ones. They are also less expensive than the Invisalign aligners and move the teeth more quickly.
The disadvantages are that they are more expensive than the metallic ones and there is a possibility that the brackets will stain if you are not diligent with your oral hygiene care at home.
Crystal braces are almost the same as the ceramic braces but the difference is that they are clear and therefore allow the natural shade of your teeth to show through, making them virtually invisible. Each bracket is developed from a single sapphire crystal and once machined it is annealed to strengthen it and then heat treated to remove any microscopic flaws. These brackets are extremely smooth and as a result they are easier to keep clean.
The pros and cons will be much the same as for the ceramic braces.
Frequently Asked Questions
At what age should I get my child checked to see if they need braces?
Most orthodontists recommend that evaluations should begin around the age of 7 as some orthodontic problems such as underbites, large over bites, severe crowding, severely protruded front teeth, and narrow jaws are much easier to correct at a younger age. These corrections usually work best between ages 7 and 10, while the jaw is still growing. Even if your child doesn’t need this type of treatment, it’s still a good idea to have the orthodontist check out the way that your child’s teeth and jaws are developing – not all problems are easily visible, even to a good general dentist! Finally, knowing whether orthodontic treatment or braces will be likely can help families plan for the future.
What’s the best age to start treatment with braces?
There’s no “best” age to start orthodontic treatment. Every child is different and should have a unique, personalized pan for their orthodontic needs. For most children, it is at some time between ages 10 and 14, when a child’s mouth and head are still growing and the permanent teeth are erupting. Some benefit from early intervention however and the exact time depends on growth and on how quickly a child’s adult teeth come in. However, braces can still be effective in older teenagers and adults.
I’m an adult, why should I bother with braces?
This is obviously down to a personal choice, but braces can still be quite effective for adults and some modern styles are much less noticeable than the braces that many adults remember from their childhood. In Europe, for example, about 20% of patients with braces are over 18. Many adults decide to get braces because they couldn’t afford them or refused them as a child and now can, or want to, or even because their teeth have moved with age. Getting braces, even as an adult, can give you decades of more attractive straight teeth and correct serious structural problems, so many people see them as a worthwhile investment. And it’s not all about cosmetics, straight teeth are easier to clean and therefore have a much lower risk of decay and gum disease!
My child’s teeth are coming in crooked, do they need braces?
Possibly, but not necessarily. The mixed dentition stage where adult teeth are first starting to come in is often called the “ugly duckling” stage for teeth, so some misalignment can be normal. However, if you notice significant crowding, the chances that your child will need braces are higher. Only an orthodontist can tell you for sure.
How long do you keep braces on for?
The duration of treatment varies based on age, the extensiveness of the procedure (some people require more work than others) and how closely the treatment plan is followed. Braces can be on any time for 6 months to 3 years depending on the need. This is why an orthodontist should evaluate each case on its own merits.
Are braces painful?
When braces are first placed and later adjusted, there may be some tightness, which typically progresses to soreness, for approximately four to six hours after the appointment. This soreness directly results from the dentist tightening the wires so the teeth continue to move into the correct position. Over-the-counter pain relievers are recommended to help relieve any discomfort. The soreness will decrease in about three to five days.
Do you do different types of braces?
Yes. We can offer traditional braces with metal brackets and wires, ceramic tooth coloured or even clear brackets can help to make these less visible. We can also offer the Damon system which is a more up to date version of a traditional brace that allows the teeth to move more easily. For some cases, we can offer clear aligners (such as Invisalign and K Clear by K Line) that gradually move your teeth to correct spacing and crowding issues. We can also do braces that can be placed on the lingual (back side) of the teeth, called Incognito. Your orthodontist will be happy to explain all the options open to you or your child and help you make the right choice for you.