Invisible Braces

Fixed braces

Traditional fixed braces are a hugely successful and popular choice for our patients considering getting braces in Victoria. They are carefully bonded onto the teeth and stay in place for the course of treatment. Straightening wires run between the various attachments and are held in place with elastic bands. The wires are adjusted and the elastic bands changed every six to eight weeks by your dentist at Hermes London Dental Clinic.

Traditional fixed metal braces in Victoria cannot be removed by the patient. The length of treatment will vary between six months to a year, although more complex cases may take longer. Our commonly used fixed braces are made from stainless steel although we will also offer ceramic attachments as an alternative.

Braces in VictoriaHow do fixed braces work?

Fixed braces, by definition, cannot be removed by the patient. The simplest way to think of each bracket is as a handle with which it is possible to control each tooth individually and precisely.

In the early stages of your braces in Victoria treatment, a thin wire is fitted to link up all the brackets. Because the teeth are irregular, the wire must bend up and down or in and out between the teeth. Surprisingly, this wire was originally a bi-product of NASA research into spaceship technology and has perfect shape memory that will gradually return to its original shape, bringing the teeth with it.

As treatment progresses, stiffer wires are fitted and these act as a monorail for your teeth. At this time, tiny springs and elastics are also used to guide the teeth in the desired directions. You can even pick the colour of your elastics to add a personalised touch to your braces in Victoria.

Do they hurt?

Fitting traditional fixed braces should not hurt: they are simply glued to your teeth. No injections are required and you don’t need to go to sleep for your fixed braces in Victoria to be fitted.

For the first couple of days after your braces have been fitted and sometimes for a day or two each time they are adjusted, you may experience some discomfort and slight toothache. Your teeth may feel loose and quite tender, but this feeling will pass.

NASA helped to create invisible braces

It may seem like a giant leap to connect your invisible braces in Victoria to NASA, but the two are more closely related than you may think.

Over many years, NASA research has led to the development of many commercial products and services. The products created with the help of NASA are referred to as spinoffs. Examples of these spinoffs include infrared ear thermometers, scratch-resistant lenses and invisible braces.

Invisible Braces in VictoriaHow were NASA involved?

NASA Advanced Ceramics Research worked to develop a translucent material called polycrystalline alumina. It is a ceramic that is stronger than steel and has smooth, round properties to prevent breakage.

It also has light-absorbing properties, which make it almost clear; perfect for subtle teeth straightening! This material was originally used by NASA as protection for the infrared antennae on heat-seeking missile trackers.

In 1986, dental companies were searching for a strong, transparent material that could be used for teeth straightening treatments. After putting forward this material as an option, they both worked together to develop the first invisible braces. In 1987, the first invisible bracket braces were introduced and have been in demand ever since.

Invisible braces in Victoria have come a long way since their introduction to the dental market in the 1980s and now there are more options to straighten your teeth than ever before. The original style of the invisible brace, including invisible brackets, is still available, but now there are more adapted and evolved options available.

At Hermes London Dental Clinic, instead of choosing to have fitted braces, you may choose to have invisible braces in Victoria. They are strong and effective, as well as offering you ultimate flexibility to suit your lifestyle. Invisible braces in Victoria are removable, so you can eat and drink whatever you want, whenever you want. As well as this, many people experience much shorter treatment times, as we usually recommended them for less severe teeth alignment issues.

They are becoming the teeth straightening system of choice for many of our patients who prefer to straighten their teeth subtly.

Give Hermes London Dental Care a call today and get yourself a small piece of NASA history with invisible braces in Victoria.

Invisalign – teeth straightening with invisible braces in Victoria

Clear braces are an exciting new innovation in teeth straightening technology and, at Hermes London Dental Clinic, we are proud to offer Invisalign. Invisalign consists of a series of transparent, removable aligners which gradually straighten your teeth, without the use of metal or wires. Invisalign combines the latest3Dcomputer technology and revolutionary manufacturing to offer an individual treatment for each patient.

invisible-braces-in-victoriaAt Hermes London Dental Clinic we are passionate about creating confident smiles using the latest teeth straightening techniques. This is why we offer Invisalign invisible braces in Victoria for patients who wish to fix their smile without the hassle of metal braces.Dr Parneet Sehmi and his team will begin by examining your teeth and bite in order to determine whether Invisalign is the best choice for your individual case.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign employs 3D computer imaging technology in order to generate the complete treatment plan from the initial position of the teeth to the final desired position. The series of custom-made aligners that will be produced by the Invisalign laboratories, will be based on these exact measurements. Each aligner is designed to move teeth gradually and you will have to wear it for approximately two weeks before moving to the next one, although you may have to wear it for a little bit less or a little bit more.

The many benefits of Invisalign

The major benefit of Invisalign braces is that they are nearly invisible. As such, you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. Furthermore, Invisalign is removable, therefore you can eat and drink your favourite foods while in treatment and you do not need to worry about your oral hygiene. At the same time, Invisalign is very comfortable because it is designed to fit snugly over your teeth and gums, unlike metal braces which may cause mouth irritation. Finally, if you opt for Invisalign braces in Victoria you will be able to see every stage of the treatment from the very beginning.

Get in touch

If you are interested in setting up an appointment to see if Invisalign is the right treatment for you, call our office or email us today.

Enhance your smile discreetly with ceramic and lingual braces in Victoria

The days of heavy, unattractive metal braces are long gone. An increasing awareness of the benefits of teeth straightening, plus advancements in modern dentistry, have led to the creation of more aesthetically pleasing treatments.

At Hermes London Dental Clinic in Victoria, braces can treat many dental problems such as crowding, spacing or misalignment, and will eventually guide your teeth into their final positions. Braces are either ceramic or attached to the lingual (under)surfaces of your teeth. Both ceramic and lingual braces can be considered as ‘hidden braces’, and offer more subtle teeth straightening options compared to conventional metal braces.

lingual-braces-in-victoriaCeramic braces

Ceramic braces are made of medical-grade composite materials, which closely resemble the appearance of your natural teeth. Your dentist will choose among many shades of brackets to find the one that matches your teeth. Ceramic brackets are translucent; therefore treat your teeth discreetly compared to the noticeable metal wires and brackets of metal braces. Your dentist may even give you the option of clear wires to further diminish the visual evidence of the braces.

Unlike metal braces, which may leave stains on the surface of your teeth, ceramic braces do not stain your teeth. Furthermore, they are smoother than metal braces diminishing the possibility of irritations. However, they are brittle and require greater care.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are fixed behind your teeth and therefore are not visible even when you smile. They are custom-made to embrace the shape of your teeth and work exactly like conventional metal braces. Lingual braces can treat many teeth straightening issues including overbites and under bites. The best way to find out if you can choose them is to consult your dentist. Generally, most adults and adolescents are eligible candidates.

Despite their advantages, lingual braces are more expensive compared to ceramic braces and more difficult to clean. They cannot treat advanced types of tooth misalignment and they require lengthy adjustments.

Choosing the right braces is a very personal affair since your choice will depend on many factors including your specific problem, your budget, your lifestyle and your needs. To make an appointment or to get more information about braces in Victoria at Hermes London Dental Clinic, call us today.

Understanding your choices – braces in Victoria

Braces themselves have been around for a long time. They are the traditional way to straighten teeth and they are effective. However, when you come for braces with us at Hermes London Dental Clinic in Victoria, you are able to choose from a wide range of up-to-date options. These help you to achieve the results that you want while having the treatment experience you want as well.

braces-in-victoriaHow can there be so many options?

In order to achieve the effect of moving your teeth, all a straightening method needs to be able to do is exert a consistent amount of pressure on each tooth in the desired direction of travel. As long as this is achieved, everything else is variable from the materials that make up your braces to the way that they exert the force.

One method might have restrictions on the direction of movement. For example, it might not be able to pull a tooth down into place or untwist it. There will always be an option that can achieve what you want. You might even be able to combine methods over the course of your treatment plan.

When you have braces in Victoria at Hermes London Dental Clinic, a member of our team will talk you through your options in detail.

My appearance is important to me

We understand that some people do not want to commit to braces because they are worried about the appearance of the brackets and wires during the process. It may be that maintaining a clean, precise appearance is important to you professionally, personally or socially. Fortunately, there are options we can discuss with you to meet this need.

For example, even if you need brackets and wires to achieve results, you might be able to have ceramic, tooth-coloured or clear fixtures. For the ultimate in invisibility, lingual braces are another option. These are fixed to the back of your teeth meaning that they cannot be seen unless you tip your head right back. We also offer clear aligners that fit snugly over the top of your teeth. You can see your teeth through this option which means the braces themselves are virtually undetectable.

With these options and more, we are confident we can find the right braces in Victoria to match your lifestyle when you visit Hermes London Dental Clinic.

Get back your smile

Are you sick of looking in the mirror and disliking the smile in the reflection? Have you had years of hiding your teeth? Well that time is up, we are here to help. At Hermes London Dental Clinic, braces are no longer a word that evokes fear of pain and an unsightly smile.

braces-in-victoriaUnfortunately, not everyone is born with a beautiful, healthy smile. Most orthodontic problems such as crowding, spacing, protrusion, extra or missing teeth, are inherited and cannot be prevented. Others are acquired by habits such as thumb or finger-sucking, dental or medical disease, accidents, or the early or late loss of baby teeth.

The good news is that orthodontic treatment can help to correct these problems, providing you with a beautiful, healthy smile for the rest of your life.

What are the options for my braces?

At Hermes London Dental Clinic, braces are our forte. We can offer you a wide array of choices for all your dental needs. We offer lingual, damon and ceramic braces, as well as Smilelign clear aligners and Six Month Smiles treatments.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth, rather than in front and therefore offer can offer a great cosmetic alternative for those who want their teeth straightened, without braces showing.

The process for lingual braces involves taking an impression of the teeth, which is then sent to a laboratory and used to create customised brackets. At Hermes London Dental Clinic in Victoria, the process takes six weeks and once complete, allows the orthodontist to use a specific process to cement the braces onto the back surfaces of your teeth.

Like traditional braces, lingual braces work by applying gentle yet continuous pressure on the teeth, to help them slowly shift into proper position. The treatment can take anywhere from 18-36months. This is dependent on the severity of a patient’s overcrowding of teeth or their bite.

Is it worth it?

Having a healthier, happier smile is worth the temporary inconvenience of braces. Some people are hesitant to invest in them despite the difference they will make. lingual braces can be the perfect option for your orthodontic needs. After all, a beautiful smile with healthy, straight teeth is worth the effort.

It is never too late to get your teeth straightened

Age is no barrier to a beautiful smile. In Victoria, braces are being worn by more and more adults who have discovered orthodontics has no age limits. This is because, despite feeling like they are immovably fixed into the jawbone, the teeth can move around throughout a person’s entire life. And it’s never too late to feel more confident in your smile.

braces-in-victoriaHow do braces in Victoria work?

After braces have been applied, it takes around 72 hours for the nerves of the teeth to begin to respond. They tell the bone around the tooth to shift in order to allow for the pressure. The bone in front of the direction of the tooth’s pressure starts to break down. At the same time, the bone behind it begins to build up. Thus, the tooth moves very slowly but never becomes loose.

What are the benefits of braces in Victoria?

The benefits are both physical and mental. Physically, the teeth are easier to keep clean if they are straighter and more aligned. Cleaner teeth means fewer cavities and infections, which in turn means fewer fillings and extractions.

Mental health-wise, having their teeth straightened has been shown to greatly increase people’s self-confidence. They are no longer embarrassed each time they put their teeth on show by speaking, laughing or smiling. Secondly, not having to worry when you smile means you tend to smile more and this act increases serotonin production.More of this feel-good chemicalin the body leads to more smiling. This makes it easier to attract friends and feel happier.

At Hermes London Dental Clinic in Victoria, we fit the right braces for your needs, from various different systems.

Six Month Smiles is used to straighten the six front teeth with brackets made of tooth-coloured ceramic and tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wire. Treatment takes from four to nine months.

Invisalign uses a series of thin transparent acrylic trays that fit over your teeth rather than brackets and wires.

Your dentist at Hermes Dental Clinic can advise you as to which Victoria braces system will work best for your teeth during an initial consultation. Call in today to find out more.

Exploring braces in Victoria for straightening teeth

Increasing numbers of adults are straightening their teeth with braces and aligners. To meet this rising demand, Hermes London Dental Clinic in Victoria offers discreet orthodontic appliances designed to fit around your lifestyle, meaning it is possible to straighten your teeth without the whole world needing to know about it – until you unveil your beautiful new smile.

teeth-straighteningBraces have been the staple of orthodontic treatment for many years. Whilst those who require major correction of issues affecting the bite will need full orthodontic treatment from a specialist orthodontist, for those who require a smaller degree of more cosmetically-focussed correction, a dentist can offer either fixed braces or clear aligners.

When you come into our Victoria dental clinic for a tooth straightening consultation, an experienced cosmetic dentist will conduct a thorough examination to determine the type and amount of correction you need, and thus what the best appliance will be.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles braces in Victoria are a very popular choice at our dental centre, and are designed for fast cosmetic correction of the front six teeth. These are the teeth that are on display when you flash a smile, and it is these teeth that the majority of adults at our Victoria clinic are primarily concerned with.

Unlike metal braces, Six Month Smiles are not obvious in your mouth. That’s because the brackets are made from clear ceramic, whilst the wires are made from tooth-coloured nickel-titanium. This means that they blend in so well with the natural shade of your teeth that it will be difficult to tell you are wearing braces at all on first glance.

Six Month Smiles also use lower forces than traditional braces in Victoria, which means they are a lot more comfortable.

Invisalign

Treatment with Invisalign involves the use of a series of clear, removable aligners, which are custom-made to fit over your teeth perfectly and to guide them gently to a better place.

The latest 3D computer technology is used in the design of your aligners, and you need to change them every fortnight as your teeth begin to move. Depending on the type and amount of correction required, between 12 and 48 aligners may be used.

The benefits of braces in Victoriafor adults

If you think braces are just for children and teenagers, it’s time to think again. At Hermes London Dental Clinic in Victoria, we are always keen to point out the benefit of teeth straightening treatment at any age – and offer some discreet alternatives to metal braces to fit with modern adult lifestyles.

braces-in-victoriaBraces are now viewed as a rite of passage by many young people, an important step along the journey to adulthood. Indeed, it is now possible for teenagers to customise their brace elastics, for example in the colours of their favourite football team. This enables young people to make a fashion statement of their orthodontic treatment; but for adults, it may seem horrifying.

However, the benefits of teeth straightening should not be ignored. Those benefits are not just aesthetic, either – by bringing your teeth into proper alignment and eliminating common issues such as crowding, you make it easier to maintain excellent dental hygiene because your teeth are easier to keep clean.

At our Victoria dental practice we offer tooth straightening treatment for adults with both discreet fixed braces and clear, removable aligners. The first step is to join us at Hermes in Victoria for a tooth straightening consultation with a cosmetic dentist, who will perform a complete clinical assessment to ascertain which type of treatment will work best for you.

Victoria braces

We use Six Month Smiles cosmetic braces at our Victoria dental clinic. These are thoroughly modern braces, adapted using the traditional principles of orthodontics, which are made subtler and faster.

These appliances are not meant for major orthodontic correction, but for mild to moderate correction of cosmetic issues affecting the front teeth in the lower or upper jaw (or both) Six Month Smiles may be the perfect solution.

They comprise tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets, and focus on the front six teeth in the smile line, which means they work in an average of half a year.

Victoria aligners

An alternative to fixed braces in Victoria, Invisalign aligners fit comfortably over your teeth and gradually guide them to a better position. They are made of durable clear plastic and are taken out for eating and cleaning.

What are the benefits of braces?

There are many health benefits to wearing braces in Victoria. The most significant of course will be that you will have straighter teeth, which not only improves the look of your teeth and your self confidence, but having straight teeth means there are less nooks and crannies for bacteria to hide and plaque to build up. Less plaque means less risk of oral disease. If you have misaligned teeth, crooked teeth, or bite issues you may experience an increase in plaque, or the soft film of bacteria that forms on tooth surfaces. Daily twice brushing, flossing, and use of mouthwash will all help to combat the build up of plaque.

braces-in-victoriaTeeth Protection

Protection of the teeth is a significant benefit of braces. Patients with irregular bites often experience uneven stress certain teeth. Over time, the teeth can be seen to wear at a more rapid rate which can lead to premature dental problems such as replacement of one or more severely damaged teeth. Braces in Victoria help patients with protruding front teeth when playing sports, by providing a more correct alignment, which can reduce the likelihood of damage.

Improved eating ability

The benefits of wearing braces in Victoria also include improvements in eating ability. For patients with severely crooked teeth they may find eating certain things impossible, such as chewy foods or sticky food that will get caught and stuck in the teeth. This can sometimes result in digestion and nutrition issues also, not to mention some patients find it painful to eat if they have particularly bad teeth.

Braces are cool!

Gone are the days when wearing braces meant wearing a metal contraption that strapped to your head and drew attention wherever you went. Braces are now socially acceptable, mainly due to their popularity and the lack of social stigma now associated with improving your dental hygiene and teeth appearance. Many braces in Victoria are hard to notice, which means you can go about your life without worrying what others may think of them.

To book a no obligation consultation to see if you could benefit from wearing braces in Victoria, contact Hermes London Dental Clinic today!