Removable appliance is an appliance that is not fixed to teeth but can be removed by the patient. It usually contains spring, screws, clasps and acrylic base plate. This appliance is often used in situation whereby simple teeth movement are needed only and it can allow patients to perform better oral hygiene by removing it. However, this appliance requires compliance from the patient to wear it.
Fixed appliance is probably the most common type of orthodontic appliances in use today. They consist of small brackets that are attached onto the front surface of the teeth and a thin wire which is often held in place by elastic loops.This appliance allows multiple tooth movements simultaneously and more effectively as compared to removable appliance. The treatment usually lasts from 6 months to 30 months depending upon the severity of the problem. It is very important to maintain an excellent oral hygiene and dental health throughout the orthodontic treatment
If you are thinking of straightening out your teeth but not looking forward to having fixed metal braces on your teeth, we can help you achieve that with Invisalign at Prestige Dental Care!
Invisalign is a set of custom-fitted aligners that fit over your teeth that slowly pull all your teeth into alignment. With Invisalign, you will be given a set of custom-made aligner trays that are made of BPA-free thermoplastic material.
They are removable, flexible, smooth and almost invisible- this means that you can remove your aligners while eating, avoid the painful monthly tightening needed for metal braces, and the best yet: you no longer have to put up with having ulcers or metal wires poking into your sensitive mouth tissues, or getting food in your braces and subsequently bad odour from areas that are difficult to be cleaned.
How is it done?
At Prestige Dental Care, we will examine your teeth and take the necessary records needed before starting treatment, such as: photos of your teeth and facial profile and dental X-rays. Our clinic is also equipped with the 3-shape intra-oral scanner. Unlike traditional methods of taking moulds of teeth, we use this intra-oral scanner to take digital pictures of your teeth which gives our dentists a very high definition, 3D image of your smile and teeth. This can then be used to custom make your aligners very accurately.
In interceptive orthodontics , we identify and treat crooked teeth as soon as they are detected. According to the American Academy of Orthodontics, all children should have an orthodontic assessment no later than 7 years old.
How is interceptive orthodontics done?
Every child’s condition is different and treatment will be different too. Treatment can be done with at least ONE or a combination of the following:
Removable appliances (eg. expansion screws, springs, labial bows)
Oromyofunctional therapy ( Myobrace + oral exercises to train good oral posture. Read below for more information on oro-myofunctional therapy)
Braces (Depending on suitability, braces can be started earlier to gain more space for teeth in the jaws hence avoiding the need for pulling teeth out in the future)
1. Upper removable appliances (URA)
As it’s name implies, this treatment typically uses a plastic appliance that can be worn on and removed from the teeth. There are many types of removable appliances available and they are custom made according the child’s teeth. Often, we use springs or expansion screws to move teeth. Below are some examples of removable appliances.
2. Oro-Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)
How does Oro-Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) work? OMT is a pre-braces treatment suitable only for growing children. The treatment aims to improve growing children’s cranial and jaw development by treating the underlying causes of crooked teeth and poor oral posture.
OMT can also improve a child’s general health and prevent Sleep Breathing Disorders.
This treatment involves using a series of removable intra-oral appliances (Myobrace) that are worn for 1-2 hours each day plus overnight while sleeping.
OMT also requires a child to do several oral exercises to train the strength of their lips and tongue and improve their nasal breathing. These exercises are very fun and parents are encouraged to get involved too!
The intra-oral appliance works by correcting poor oral habits that cause negative impacts on the development of face, jaws and teeth, such as mouth breathing, incorrect tongue position, thumb sucking, bottle feeding and swallowing incorrectly.
What Causes Crooked Teeth?
Many Malaysian children are growing up with crooked teeth. This is evidence of poor development of craniofacial structures. Traditional orthodontic treatment such as extractions and braces after waiting for all permanent teeth to come through actually focus on moving teeth without treating the underlying cause for crooked teeth.
Modern research has shown that crowded teeth, incorrect jaw development and other orthodontic problems are not caused by big teeth and small jaws or genetic factors. Rather, it is due to poor myofunctional habits (poor oral habits) like mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking that can be evident since the first years of life.
The craniofacial structures develop correctly only when children have the following 4 patterns for straight teeth:
1. Lips together at rest
2. Tongue resting at the roof of the mouth
3. Breathing through the nose (NOT the mouth!)
4. Correct swallowing method (No lip/cheek movement)
Here at Prestige Dental Care, we provide early intervention options for children that improve the underlying cause of crooked teeth with Oro-Myofunctional therapy.
MBrace is a clear aligner used to correct misaligned teeth with ease and comfort. It is clear and removable which makes it almost unnoticeable by others and convenient to use. The aligners are custom-made digitally and fabricated individually to ensure a perfect and accurate fit for your teeth.
how does MBrace® work?
MBrace aligner is designed in a way that it does not require any wires or attachments to align your teeth. Just simply wear a series of aligners to exert gradual force against the teeth at different treatment stages to slowly move the teeth towards the final tooth position.
Patients are advised to wear every set of aligners for 2 weeks, at least 22 hours a day before moving to the next aligners.
A more severe teeth condition will take longer time to treat, as more aligners are required over the entire course of treatment.
Typically, MBrace treatment vary from anywhere between 6 to 24 months. Below illustrate the average treatment period based on the severity of the case.
What We Can Treat
MBrace® can help with the following conditions:
When there is insufficient space between teeth, teeth can overlap and get worse over time. Brushing and flossing can be less effective-leading to plaque build-up, tooth decay or even gum disease.
Gaps Between Teeth
Besides aesthetic considerations, gaps between teeth can result in gum disease when food is stuck.
When the upper teeth overlap deeply into lower teeth, it is called an overbite. Depending on the extent of the overbite, the lower chin can appear weak and undefined, affecting the facial profile. A deep overbite can cause irritation to gums, chewing problems , jaw pains and other issues that can worsen over time.
When the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth, and the lower jaw protrudes, this will impair the normal function of the front teeth resulting in bite problems and wear of teeth.
One or more upper teeth are covered by the lower teeth, which can cause chewing problems, worn down teeth, gum disease and a whole host of other mouth, jaw joints, and neck related issues.
The condition of buck teeth is characterized by increased overjet, or horizontal distance, between the upper front teeth and lower front teeth. Some may find this aesthetically unpleasing and the functionality of the front teeth is compromised.
Before & After
Go For Consultation
Your doctor will take an impression, photos and x-rays of your teeth for treatment planning
View Your Treatment
You will find out the duration of your treatment and view a before and after video of your teeth.
Wear Your Aligners
Wear each set of aligners for 2 weeks, at least 22 hours a day and remove them during meals.
Monitor Your Progress
Visit your doctor periodically to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
Completed Your Treatment
Show off that new smile
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get MBrace®?
We provide MBrace Clear Aligner treatment. You can make an appointment with us for an assessment and consultation.
How much does treatment cost?
It depends on your condition. Usually it is around RM12,000 (Full sets).
How long does treatment take?
The average MBrace® case ranges from about 6–18 months, depending on the complexity of the case.
Is extraction necessary?
It depends on your individual dental condition. Your doctor will be able to advise you on whether you require extraction.
Will my speech be affected?
Your speech may be slightly affected but this will resolve within a few days.
Is treatment painful?
Mild discomfort is to be expected each time you change to a new set of aligners. This is due to the pressure exerted by the aligner material to move your teeth.
Why use MBrace® over fixed braces?
MBrace® is clinically proven to straighten teeth as well. It is less noticeable, and allows you to maintain better oral hygiene and continue to enjoy your favourite foods!
The eCligner® aligner technology sets a new benchmark in modern orthodontics and enjoys widespread popularity amongst orthodontists, general dentists and patients. It offers many new and exciting possibilities to dentists and patients alike to correct misaligned teeth easily and quickly. This is made possible by using aesthetically high grade aligners that is 100% digitally produced.
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The future of using an almost invisible dental aligner has begun. The eCligner® aligner system has been around from the beginning and has always enjoyed a small, but important step ahead of other aligner systems. The eCligner® aligner is thinner, more transparent and flexible and, above all, moves teeth faster!
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The eCligner® technology is unbeatable when it comes to moving teeth. It is efficient, fast and simple, and it uses nearly invisible plastic aligners with minimal force. It is so easy to handle that both orthodontists as well as general dentists with orthodontic experience can apply it successfully to treat their patients. It is suitable for correction of most misaligned teeth in booth children and adults.
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All the dentist needs to do is to take a good dental impression of the patient’s mouth. The rest is quick and easy leading to a set of digitally produced eCligner® aligners for the patient to wear.
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« eCligner® traetment process flow »
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