If you are struggling with misaligned teeth, then you may wish to do something about it. If you do, you will be seeking advice and treatment from a dentist. Orthodontics usually involves the use of braces to correct the alignment of crooked, protruding or crowded teeth. There are many different types of braces that can be used and these days, a lot of the braces are much more discreet than traditional metal fixed braces, affectionately called ‘train tracks’ by school children. If you’re considering treatment, here are some of the different types of treatments that may be available to you.
Invisalign, as its name suggests, offers an almost invisible brace system. It comprises clear plastic aligners that are custom-fitted to your mouth. Aligners aren’t fixed, so you can remove them when you are eating and drinking; you can also remove them for a special occasion or when playing sports. The benefit of choosing Invisalign is that you have this flexibility and discretion, as well as a comfortable solution to realigning your teeth. You can also clean your teeth properly by removing the aligners, allowing you to continue to floss regularly as well.
The aligners apply gentle pressure to your teeth and you will normally need to change them every couple of weeks. Once treatment is completed, you will also need to wear a retainer. Invisalign is usually used for moderate cases of misalignment and your dentist will assess if this is the correct course of treatment for your needs. During an initial consultation, you will need to have x-rays taken of your mouth, and possibly impressions. If the surgery uses Clincheck technology, they will also be able to show you a 3D animation of how your teeth will look after treatment has been completed, which is a great incentive to keep wearing your braces!
If you require fixed braces, you may dread the idea of having visible metal in your mouth, especially if you are an adult. With the option of Incognito, you needn’t worry! Incognito offers a modern alternative to fixed braces that is invisible as the brackets are placed on the backs of your teeth. You can mysteriously realign your teeth, while your friends wonder what’s happened to them; or you can reveal the secret behind this modern ‘magic’. The braces are custom-fitted to your mouth and consists of archwires, brackets and bonding trays. They are normally comfortable to wear and you should be delighted with the results achieved with these nifty and unobtrusive braces. It’s definitely one to consider for a fixed brace solution!
Another fixed brace solution is the Damon. This is a fixed brace system that is attached to the front of the teeth, but unlike traditional metal braces, it has clear brackets which are tieless and high-technology archwires that move the teeth more quickly into the desired position. They also have a ‘passive’ slide mechanism; this keeps the archwires in the brackets and allows them to move freely, reducing the chances of friction and binding. Ultimately, this should provide a more comfortable solution to fixed braces that is also discreet.
So, if you are considering trying to get your teeth realigned, now is the time to do it. There are so many modern and advanced treatments that offer comfort, efficiency and discretion. Why not speak to your dentist to find out more and gain the winning smile you’ve been dreaming of? After all, dreams really can come true if you make them happen.