Complex Orthodontic Treatment
There are many reasons why one would seek orthodontic treatment, from Jaw dysfunction, excessive wear and problems of dental hygiene to purely cosmetic reasons. At Alexandra Dental Practice, one of the leading orthodontists in Limerick, we have the facility to offer you Digital Smile Design. A system that is offered in only one other practice in Ireland. We can show you the end result before we even start.
Unlike many general practices we offer a full range of more complex orthodontic treatments with our own Dentist Dr. Kate Horgan. Dr. Horgan has shown a great interest in Orthodontics taking on further studies in this area. From Complex Childrens Orthodontics to Adult Smile makeovers Dr. Horgan will leave no stone unturned in the quest to give you a fantastic smile.
Invisalign, Clear Braces, Six Month Smiles and many more.
At Alexandra Dental Practice we understand that many adults want orthodontic treatment to straighten their crooked teeth but don’t want to compromise their appearance. There are a number of treatment options that we can offer our patients. Short-term orthodontic treatments are the perfect solution if you have been put off by the prospect of wearing braces for up to three years. Crooked teeth make people feel self-conscious or even ashamed of their appearance. There are various solutions to align crooked teeth but most take 2-3 years with conventional orthodontic treatment or braces. However short term orthodontics can give you the smile that you want in a fraction of the time that conventional treatments take.
Invisalign straightens your teeth using a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are custom made specifically for your teeth. As you replace each aligner every two weeks, your teeth will move little by little, week by week gradually moving towards the projected final position. Dr. Kevin Murphy is trained to provide this service to our patients. It is a flexible treatment system offering solutions for complex (Invisalign), intermediate (Invisalign Lite) and minor orthodontic cases (Invisalign i7).
The Advantages of Invisalign;
- Pain free
Six Month Smiles
You will be offered a combination of proven orthodontic techniques using modern tooth coloured materials and nearly invisible braces from Six Month Smiles to gently straighten and align your teeth over an average of just 6 months. Six Month Smiles removes the embarrassment of wearing a visible appliance for short-term orthodontic treatment. The treatment involves the bonding of a permanent retainer to the inner surface of the tooth preventing a relapse of the work that has taken place. The retainer is a life long addition. All our patients that have had this treatment have become used to the retainer, in fact so used to it that they forget it is even there.
- Very short-term
- No shiny metal for all to see
How long will it take?
The treatment takes only approximately 4 to 6 months. Further appointments can be made for finer adjustments if the treatment is being performed in conjunction with a Cosmetic Smile Makeover.
Smile-Tru is a series of clear positioners that can be offered as an alternative to fixed braces for most people. Each positioner is designed to fit over the teeth and guide them gently into the desired position. Dr. Horgan is trained to provide this treatment option to our patients.
Secret Smile (Social 6)
Secret Smile is our Lingual brace product, offering a completely invisible alternative to cosmetic braces and aesthetic braces. Unlike traditional braces, lingual appliances are bonded to the back of the teeth and offer a completely invisible way to straighten teeth.
These lingual braces are totally inconspicuous and your appearance won’t be altered in any way during this treatment.
This state of the art treatment can deliver predictable results as custom brackets are made from a CAD-CAM model of your mouth. At Alexandra Dental Practice we are proud to possess the very latest in this digital design being one of only a small handful of practices in Ireland (North and South) that can offer this service. The end result is a very precise fitting appliance.
An example of such a system is ‘Incognito’ or ‘Social 6’ brackets that are made from gold reducing any risk of allergic reactions to nickel. These lingual braces help straighten the front 6 to 8 teeth. It can be used on the upper or lower teeth and is a treatment open to all ages.
Advantages of Lingual Braces.
- Cannot be seen
- Fast and Effective
- Suitable for Adults
How long will it take?
Treatment can sometimes only take a few months but it depends on the individual treatment plan and what goals the treatment hopes to achieve. As treatment goes on appointments can be scheduled where effective alignments and adjustments can be made.
This is a step-by-step guide to nearly all of our short-term orthodontic treatments.
- We start the whole process by carrying out a detailed examination of your teeth. From this assessment we will construct a bespoke treatment plan and then go on and design your appliance.
- We fit the cosmetic braces or aligners to your teeth
- You will then return to us for a number of pre-booked review appointments where minor but necessary adjustments will be made. These are generally very short appointment and shouldn’t take up much of your time.
- Your braces will be removed once you and your dentist are happy with the result.
- A permanent retainer is then fitted to ensure that the treatment does not start to relapse.
- This final stage gives you a chance to refine, enhance or make minor adjustments to your smile. Any tooth contouring can be done at this stage.
Planning treatment for you
This is a process where we discuss your needs and requirements by showing you the possibilities on a computerized system called Digital Smile Design. This shows you the amazing things that we can do to your smile. This is your opportunity to tell us what it is that you want from your treatment. We can show you all of the options from short-term orthodontic treatment plans to complex long-term solutions that suit your needs and your budget.