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What are Lightforce braces?
Lightforce braces are a revolutionary development in orthodontic technology, bringing a new level of personalisation to braces. These braces are 100% customisable, designed to exactly match the unique contours of your teeth.
Lightforce braces start with advanced digital scans to construct an accurate three-dimensional model of your teeth. This information is then used to create perfectly fitting, 3D printed brackets for each patient. This precision ensures enhanced comfort and treatment effectiveness.
Lightforce brackets are composed of transparent polycrystalline alumina (TPA), giving them a discreet appearance that blends with the natural colour of your teeth.
The technology in Lightforce braces allows for flexible, adaptable treatment plans, offering unparalleled control in shaping a patient’s smile over time.
What are the benefits of Lightforce Braces?
Lightforce braces come packed with a host of benefits designed to enhance your orthodontic experience and outcome. Here’s how they bring a game-changing difference to your treatment:
- Precise Digital Treatment Planning: Lightforce braces utilise the precision of digital technology for treatment planning. This means that the entire process, from initial assessment to final implementation, is based on a detailed, accurate three-dimensional representation of your oral anatomy.
- Predicting Final Tooth Position: The digital technology used in Lightforce braces enables us to predict the final position of your teeth. This predictive modelling helps visualise the desired outcome, thereby ensuring a seamless journey towards your perfect smile.
- Ceramic Brackets on All Teeth – Front and Back: Lightforce braces come with ceramic brackets on all teeth, front and back. These brackets are made of transparent polycrystalline alumina, making them highly durable and almost invisible. This enhances both the aesthetic and functional aspects of the braces.
- More Precise Results with Shorter Treatment Time: The accuracy of Lightforce braces results in more precise alignment of teeth. Additionally, the use of customised brackets and personalised treatment plans often leads to shorter treatment times, with some cases concluding up to 6 months faster than traditional braces.
What is indirect bonding & why is it becoming more common?
Indirect bonding is a method of applying braces, gaining popularity due to its efficiency and precision. This technique deviates from the traditional approach, where brackets are placed on each tooth individually, a process that can be both time-consuming and less precise.
In indirect bonding, an entire set of braces is applied at once, drastically reducing the time required for this stage of treatment. But time-efficiency is only one aspect of why this method is garnering attention. The significant shift towards indirect bonding can be attributed to its compatibility with advanced orthodontic technologies, such as 3D printing, used in creating Lightforce braces.
As each tooth is unique, no two brackets used in Lightforce braces are identical. Instead, each bracket is custom-fitted to each tooth using precision 3D printing technology. This unique Lightforce technique ensures:
- Faster Installation of Braces: The application of an entire set of braces at once significantly speeds up the installation process, reducing the time you spend in the dental chair.
- Precise Bracket Placement: With the indirect bonding method, brackets are placed in the exact position needed on each tooth. This precision not only improves the effectiveness of the treatment but also often accelerates the overall treatment timeline.
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Our teeth straightening process for Lightforce Braces
Putting your braces on isn’t painful. Once the teeth start moving, you can feel some discomfort as your teeth are moving towards their new positions. Any discomfort during orthodontic treatment can usually be controlled with normal pain relief medication like panadol.
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every six to ten weeks.
Treatment times will vary but typical takes 18 to 24 months.
Yes. If you are playing a contact sport, you will need a mouthguard fitted over your braces.
When you first have your braces fitted, you may notice a slight change in the way you speak like a slight lisp. Once your tongue and lips get used to your braces, you will adjust and your speech should return to normal after a few weeks.
Hard, sticky, crunchy foods should be avoided because they can knock braces off the teeth. In addition, sugar intake should be reduced to minimize the risk of decay around the braces. Foods which should be avoided include:
- Minties and Toffee
- Caramels such as fantales
- Corn chips
- French bread sticks, bread crusts or hard rolls
- Whole apples or carrots (cut them into pieces first)
- Corn on the cob (cut the corn off the cob before eating)
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