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Orthodontics / straightening


Orthodontics is dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Teeth that are overcrowded or do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean and therefore they are more prone to decay and gum disease. The extra stress on the misaligned teeth can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome and neck, shoulder and back pain. Teeth that are not in the right place can also detract from one’s appearance.

How do I know if I need Orthodontics?

Only your Dentist or Orthodontist can determine whether you can benefit from treatment. A thorough consultation would be required including a full medical and dental history, clinical examination and special x-rays and photographs.

How do Orthodontic treatments work?

Many different types of appliances, both fixed and removable are used to help move teeth. These appliances work by placing gentle pressure on the teeth to encourage them to move in a particular direction. The severity of your problem will determine which orthodontic approach will be the most effective.

Fixed appliances include:

Fixed Braces

For the most common fixed appliances the braces consist of brackets, bands and wires. Bands are fixed around the teeth or tooth and used as anchors for the appliance and brackets are often bonded to the front of the tooth. Arch wires are passed through the brackets attached to the bands. Tightening the arch wire puts tension on the teeth gradually moving them to there proper position. Braces are usually adjusted monthly to achieve the desired result and may take from a few months to a few years. Braces today are lighter and show less metal than in the past. They come in bright colours for children and clear styles for adults.

Removable appliances include:

Inman Aligners


The Inman Aligner is the perfect solution for crowding or protrusion of the front teeth. It is really fast, very safe and great value. With the patented Inman Aligner, your front teeth can be gently guided to an ideal position in a matter of weeks. Most cases complete in 6-18 weeks and because it’s removable you can take it out to fit with your lifestyle.


Dr Rebecca Patterson of smiles better is a registered Inman aligner practitioner, Rebecca is more than happy to meet with patients for a discussion on inman to allow patients to know if they are suitable for this treatment.

Length of treatment

As it works so efficiently you can now straighten your front teeth in only 6-16 weeks, plus simple cases can often be completed in just over 1 month. Rebecca will give you a realistic guide of what to expect. Normally lower front teeth move a little faster than uppers.
It works much faster than alternative orthodontics techniques as well as being more affordable which is what makes it so revolutionary and the new method of choice.

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