Orthodontics to correct crooked teeth, spacing problems or malocclusion (bad bite) are often necessary to improve smile stability, function, health and aesthetics. At ReNew Dental Care, our dentists Dr. Jewel Landy and Dr. Yvonne Chirimuta have advanced training in occlusion and traditional orthodontics, and they’re also certified in Invisalign® and Six Month Smiles®. This enables our team to provide all of your family’s dental and orthodontic needs under one roof, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Our dental team is dedicated to delivering personalized orthodontics in Hamilton, Bermuda that correct your occlusion issues and fulfill your aesthetic goals. Whether you have malocclusion, a crooked smile or your child has narrow arches, we have the right skills and technologies to diagnose and resolve these issues with state-of-the-art orthodontics.
This device is most optimal in children between 8 and 10 years old who have upper arches that aren’t sufficiently wide for proper eruption of permanent teeth. The metal device applies pressure to both halves of the mouth, slowly widening the upper jaw (palate) to realign teeth and provide adult teeth with adequate space to grow. In addition to checking your child’s progress during regular checkups, we’ll teach you how to tighten the central screw on their expander to gradually widen the space. Palatal expanders are a cost-effective procedure that can often prevent the need for future orthodontics.
Although teeth straightening is the most visible part of orthodontics, retainers protect your investment because they help ensure your transformed smile lasts and shifting doesn’t occur. Nearly all patients need to wear retainers after having metal braces removed or after completing clear aligner treatment. Removable retainers are clear, thin, slightly flexible plastic-like material that fit the exact shape and placement of your teeth. Fixed or permanent retainers are made of a thin metal wire and glued behind your teeth.
Using a mouth guard to protect your smile is far less expensive and invasive than treatments required to repair broken teeth! Professionally designed and fitted mouth guards are an effective way to protect your teeth from trauma and damage when you participate in high-impact sports and other activities. It’s important to visit a dentist with experience customizing mouth guards to ensure they meet professional standards. To create a customized mouth guard fabricated from resilient, safe material, we first take an impression of your teeth. This ensures it will fit your mouth properly, protect your teeth and adapt to your oral structures. Customized mouth guards are made to cover all your teeth on one arch, stay comfortably and securely in place and maintain high-impact energy absorption.
Ongoing advancements in materials and production techniques mean traditional braces are more comfortable and discreet than in previous decades. Traditional braces consist of standard metal brackets placed on your teeth with an adhesive and connected by wire. Periodic tightening is required every four to six weeks to enable steady pressure to gradually straighten your teeth and align your jaw. With metal braces, you need to brush gently to avoid damaging brackets and wires, avoid eating certain foods, and use a special flossing tool to remove food debris and prevent decay-causing bacteria from forming.
Invisalign in Hamilton, Bermuda uses a series of clear, customized appliances, making it a far more discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional metal braces. Unlike metal braces, clear aligners are minimally invasive and removable, and they won’t trap food particles and plaque between your teeth. Your new smile begins when we create a 3D image of your teeth in just minutes, using our Invisalign iTero scanner. This is sent out to a specialized lab to create your series of custom-made, computer-generated plastic aligners. For the best and most efficient results, you’ll need to wear the aligners 20–22 hours per day, only removing them for eating and oral hygiene. As your teeth gently move into their proper positions, you’ll switch to a new set of aligners about every two weeks. While some minor alignment issues can be achieved in as little as six months, it typically takes 12–18 months to complete treatment.
Although this protocol uses a similar process as traditional braces to correct crooked, spaced or misaligned teeth in individuals aged 16 and older, it’s far quicker and more discreet. The braces are clear and the brackets are tooth-colored, therefore most people won’t know you’re wearing braces unless you tell them. With Six Month Smiles, the primary focus is to correct the teeth that show when you smile (known as your “smile zone”), using low force. As with Invisalign, you’ll wear a virtually invisible retainer after treatment is complete.
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