A Guide to Braces and Aligners

Do you feel like your smile is holding you back? Are you self-conscious about your teeth because they are crooked or crowded? If so, you may be considering braces or another type of teeth straightening treatment. Orthodontics Navan covers dental professionals who specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of dental irregularities. In this blog post, the various methods that dentists use to straighten teeth will be looked at, as well as the benefits of each! 

Straightening your teeth 
There are online trends and misinformation about straightening teeth, many of which are harmful. Trends like using stationery rubber bands in a DIY fashion can actually cause more harm than good to your teeth. First and foremost, you should always consult with your dentist to see whether you are a suitable candidate for treatment. An orthodontist is a dentist who has gone through additional training to become a professional in moving teeth. When you attend a consultation, your dentist will take x-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth, which they will later use to create a treatment plan tailored just for you. Clear aligners are usually under their scope of practice. That being said, some people can safely and effectively straighten their teeth at home. If you are considering at-home treatment, be sure to do your research first and consult with a dental professional to get the green light. 

What do orthodontists do? 
Orthodontists specialise in a branch of dentistry that deals with the correction of teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Orthodontists use braces, retainers and other appliances to align teeth and jaws in order to improve a person’s bite and appearance. An orthodontist must have completed four years of dental school and then an additional two or three years of specialised training in the area of orthodontics. To be licensed, orthodontists must pass both written and clinical examinations. 

The different methods that orthodontists use to straighten teeth 
The two main types of braces are metal braces and clear braces. Metal braces are the most common type, and they are made of high-grade stainless steel. Clear braces are made of ceramic or plastic materials and are popular amongst adults because they are less visible than metal braces. 

How to choose the right orthodontist/dentist? 
There are a few things you should keep in mind when choosing a dentist. First, you should make sure that the practitioner is certified. Second, you should find out how long they have been in practice. 

How much do braces cost in Ireland? 
The cost of braces in Ireland can vary depending on the type of braces you need and the severity of your dental problem. However, on average, braces can be quite a costly process If you have a severe dental problem that requires specialised treatment, the cost of braces can be even higher. However, there are many ways to finance, often provided in the clinic. Some treatments are available via the medical card issued by the Health Service Executive (HSE), but braces are often available.