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Let’s get technical! How do braces move teeth?

Let’s get technical! How do braces move teeth?

Whether you have braces on already or you’re thinking about getting braces, we are sure you’ve wondered how braces actually work!

Braces are made up of a number of different parts. The important ones to note are;

 

Brackets - These are the metal or ceramic squares that are glued onto your teeth and will stay there throughout your treatment.

Archwires - These are thin, rod-like metal wires. The arch wire is tied to all of the brackets snd creates force to move teeth into proper alignment.

Ligatures - The archwire is held into each bracket with a ligature which can either be a tiny elastic or a tiny twisted wire.

 

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Best new practice 2019

Best new practice 2019

"New dental practice is one to watch"

Smiles all round as Smile Solutions was named Best New Practice at the recent Irish Dentistry Awards

It’s not just the patients who leave Smile Solutions with a grin: the staff are all beaming too after the dental practice triumphed at a national award ceremony.

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IV Sedation

IV Sedation

Conscious IV sedation is an anaesthetic and pain-blocking method that’s commonly used in dental procedures. We’ve used this technique to administer countless procedures here at Smile solutions and the safety and efficacy of IV sedation is well-documented. It’s a method which combines pain-blocking with minimal recovery time, allowing the patient to get on with their day once the effects of the sedative have worn off.

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What is an oral biopsy?

What is an oral biopsy?

A biopsy is a procedure where a small piece of tissue is removed from an area so that it can be looked at closely under a microscope. The biopsy may aim to remove an area completely (an excision biopsy). This is usually only appropriate for small lumps or swellings. Occasionally only a small piece of an abnormal area is removed to confirm a diagnosis (an incisional biopsy).

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What Is An Impacted Wisdom Tooth?

What Is An Impacted Wisdom Tooth?

Third molars are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth. They are usually the last teeth to develop and are located in the back of your mouth, behind your second molars. Their development is usually completed between the middle teenage years and early twenties, a time traditionally associated with the onset of maturity and the attainment of wisdom.

Although most people develop and grow 32 permanent adult teeth, many times their jaws are too small to accommodate the four wisdom teeth. When inadequate space prevents the teeth from erupting they are called impacted. This indicates their inability to erupt into the proper position for chewing and cleaning.

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What is a bone graft?

What is a bone graft?

Replacement teeth supported by dental implants function so well and last so long because, like natural teeth, they are securely anchored in the jawbone for maximum support. In order to benefit from this remarkable technology, however, you need to have enough tooth-supporting bone in your jaw to hold a dental implant in place. Unfortunately, after tooth loss, the surrounding bone almost always deteriorates — decreasing in width, height and density — and this process starts immediately. The longer a tooth has been missing, the more the bone that used to surround it resorbs (melts away). If you want a dental implant but don't have enough bone to support it, can anything be done? Yes. Very often you can still get the replacement tooth you want, thanks to routine bone grafting procedures.

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What is a dental implant?

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants have been used to replace missing teeth since the mid-1960s, but in recent years their use has become much more widespread. They can be used to support crowns replacing single missing teeth, bridges that restore a larger span of missing teeth, or even dentures. Implants are manufactured from titanium, a metal that is known to be compatible with body tissues and able to bond with adjacent bone during healing.

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What is periodontitis?

What is periodontitis?

Periodontitis is often known as 'Gum Disease' and is a very common condition in which the gums and deeper periodontal structures become inflamed.Periodontitis is inflammation of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. It is one of the most common human diseases.

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The best and worst food for braces

The best and worst food for braces

To keep you motivated to eat right while you have braces let’s first talk about why it’s important to avoid certain foods. You want your braces off as soon as possible to show off your smile, right? Then you’ll want to avoid hard, crunchy foods that can bend wires and pop off brackets, slowing down the braces process. And when you do get your braces off, you wouldn’t want to find yourself with a splotchy smile from soda stains outlining where your brackets were.

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Will Invisalign work for me?

Will Invisalign work for me?

If you are thinking about getting braces but would like a slightly more discreet option, then Invisalign might be the choice for you. Invisalign is a clear, plastic aligner. Treatment consists of a series of clear, removable aligners which are created to fit your teeth exactly. Every ten to fourteen days you will change your aligners for the next one in the series. Each new aligner brings your teeth closer to the desired alignment.

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Can braces really be invisible?

Can braces really be invisible?

Invisible braces is a term used to describe a range of less obvious braces. This includes braces such as clear fixed braces (ceramic braces), aligners (such as Invisalign or our own Smile Solutions aligners) and lingual braces (braces at the back of the teeth). These three options provide a great choice for a patient who wishes to be more discreet whilst going through orthodontic treatment.

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Will I be in any pain after getting braces?

Will I be in any pain after getting braces?

At Smile Solutions, we believe it is never too late to get the smile you have always wanted.

Our patients range in age from 7 years old to 64 years old! It is becoming more and more common nowadays to see adults with braces. Whether you do not mind the look of metal braces, or want something more subtle or completely invisible, we offer treatment options for all choices!

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Adult braces

Adult braces

At Smile Solutions, we believe it is never too late to get the smile you have always wanted.

Our patients range in age from 7 years old to 64 years old! It is becoming more and more common nowadays to see adults with braces. Whether you do not mind the look of metal braces, or want something more subtle or completely invisible, we offer treatment options for all choices!

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Charlesland Centre,
Charlesland,
Greystones,
Co. Wicklow.

Eircode: A63 TW32

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