Full Term Dental Braces | FAQs

What Is Individual Patient (IP) Orthodontics?

Individual Patient (IP) Orthodontics is an improved version of the standard (straight archwire) orthodontic treatment.

How Does IP Orthodontics Differ?

The focus of this treatment is all about tailored, individual solutions, customised to deliver optimal results.  This customised approach results in faster, more consistent treatment results.

It is based around assessing and fitting a customised orthodontic appliance (IP Appliance®) which includes:

  • Brackets specific to each tooth.
  • Custom welded bands.
  • Archwires specific to your facial characteristics and tooth movements.
  • Long acting nickel-titanium springs.

Integral to our treatment programme is our specific computer aided diagnosis.  Through using our leading computer diagnosis tool, we determine the best brackets and wire combinations specific for your treatment requirements.

How Long Will Treatment Take?

Treatment is dependent on the severity of each individual patient's orthodontic issues.  Treatment may vary from anywhere between six months to three years with an average treatment taking around 18 to 24 months.  Treatment with the IP Appliance® has been shown to be at least six months faster than the current straight archwire appliance treatment.  From studying many cases, typical treatment times have shown to be 40% less than those of traditional braces.

Do I Need to Continue to Wear the Braces After My Teeth Appear to Be Straight?

Yes you do.  While your teeth may be visually straight in 2-6 months, it is very important to continue to wear your braces and complete your treatment correctly following the appearance of straightened teeth.  This is often because the roots of your teeth move slower than the visible parts of your teeth.  We can guide you on the length of time that braces will be required to be worn after the initial appearance of your straightened teeth.

Is There Improved Retention with This Approach?

Retention is improved significantly by straightening the teeth more effectively, earlier on in the treatment plan.  With our customised approach your teeth are straightened to their final positions earlier on and as a result have an improved capacity to retain in that position.

Will I Need to Wear a Retainer?

Yes.  Once your treatment is completed, and your dental braces are removed, you will be required to wear a retainer.  By wearing a retainer at a consistent level, it will ensure your teeth remain in their adjusted position. 

Do the Braces Have To Be Metal?

Usually they are.  For full term braces we generally fit and use metal braces.  These are recognised as the most efficient.  However, if appearance is important to you we may be able to offer cosmetic brackets for a higher fee and longer treatment time.  Please feel free to discuss this option with us. 

Is IP Orthodontics More Expensive Than Traditional Braces?

Treatment fees are usually similar to that of wearing traditional braces.  At your initial consultation we can happily discuss with you your cost of treatment and our payment options. 

How Long Is the Initial Consultation Appointment?

Your initial consultation is approximately 30 mins, and at this consultation we take the time to discuss your treatment requirements, general dental concerns, and recommend the optimal approach for you.

How Long Has This Method of Treatment Been Used?

Progressive Dental Supply, the company that designs and customises the IP Appliance® was founded in 1985.  Dr Donald McGann released the IP Appliance® in 2003.  McKeefry Dental is one of the few dental practices in Wellington using this leading orthodontic technology.

If you would like to arrange your initial consultation or you wish to understand more about our orthodontic services please Contact Us.