Braces can do more than just deliver straight teeth. We’ve helped patients young and old to improve the appearance of their smile, as well as their oral health and the way their teeth function.

Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of specialist orthodontic treatment.

Beautiful, straight teeth

Braces can treat a wide range of misaligned bites (malocclusions), including crooked teeth, crowded teeth, teeth with gaps and rotated teeth. They can even help more complicated problems, for example, teeth that are impacted and haven’t emerged as expected or missing teeth.

Orthodontic treatment can achieve incredible results. Once we’ve straightened your teeth using fixed or removable braces, we’ll fit retainers to maintain your smile.

Improved bite function

Braces can also improve bite discrepancies to improve the way your teeth function. Sometimes, the upper and lower teeth don’t meet correctly, which can affect your appearance and make chewing food more difficult.

We can usually treat misaligned bites using fixed or removable braces. If your case is more severe, we can refer you to a maxillofacial consultant to discuss jaw surgery.

Discreet treatment options

We have a wide selection of braces for you to choose from, so you can opt for something more discreet or even removable if you prefer. Incognito options include Invisalign and ceramic braces.

Invisalign (pictured below) is a popular option for all ages, and Dr. Jackie Bracken is one of Clonmel and Newbridge’s most experienced providers. Invisalign straightens teeth using a sequence of custom-made, clear aligners. You can take your aligners out to eat, drink and brush as usual all through your treatment.

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Easier cleaning

If your teeth are very crowded and overlap, you might find it difficult to clean between them. If food frequently gets trapped between your teeth, it can increase your risk of tooth decay, staining and gum disease.

Orthodontic treatment will align your teeth, so you can reach every surface using your toothbrush and floss or interdental brushes. Braces won’t automatically improve your oral health, but straight teeth will make it easier for you to keep them clean and healthy.

Protection against injury

Sometimes, the front teeth can protrude, creating an ‘overjet’. Protruding teeth can be more at risk of damage or trauma if you experience a knock or fall. You might find that you bump your teeth during everyday activities like drinking from a glass.

Orthodontic treatment can align protruding teeth back, improving your bite and reducing your risk of injury.

Enhanced cosmetic results

We sometimes recommend braces before other dental treatments to help you achieve the best outcome. If you are having a dental implant, for example, we can move the neighbouring teeth (and their roots) into the perfect position.

Similarly, some patients wear braces before veneers to minimise damage to their natural teeth (crooked teeth require more preparation, which involves removing protective enamel).

Long-lasting smiles

Teeth straightening isn’t an instant solution, and most treatments take 12–18 months. However, if you follow our advice and wear your retainers you can enjoy your new smile indefinitely.

Unlike veneers and bonding, you won’t need further treatment in the future, and your retainers will prevent any future crowding (which can be a natural part of the ageing process).

To find out more about the many benefits of braces, arrange your no-obligation consultation with specialist orthodontist Dr. Jackie Bracken.