Adult Orthodontics in Surrey

The Gentle Dental Practice, East Molesey

Not that long ago, when you were unhappy with crowded teeth or crooked teeth it seemed out of reach to most people to align them using orthodontics. This was due to long treatment times, unsightly braces and the unavailability for adults too. We would consider crowning or veneering teeth to improve their appearance. With the advent of Short Term Orthodontics or Cosmetic Tooth Aligning, all that has changed.

 

We like to preserve tooth and so moving them into place with minimal intervention is now a preferred course of treatment. Short term orthodontics mean most treatments can be completed within a 5-9 month period and the appearance of the braces make it much more accessible for more people. Add in some tooth whitening and perhaps some slight contouring or adjustment of tooth shape and you really can achieve the smile you have always wanted.

 

At The Gentle Dental Practice in East Molesey we can provide three tooth straightening systems, Invisalign, Six Month Smiles and Inman Aligner. By offering all three systems we are well placed to be able to offer the system that suits you best for your treatment requirements.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles is a system that uses clear brackets and tooth coloured wires to align the front six teeth. Small changes may be made to the biting teeth but the main alteration is in aligning the front teeth. As we are only aligning the front teeth, treatment times are quick and average between five and nine months. Whilst the system is not totally invisible most people accept this very well and can go about their daily life without too many changes or feeling too self conscious. At the end of treatment some contouring of teeth may be required and we usually recommend a course of tooth whitening as well just to complete the picture.

Invisalign is proving to be a very popular treatment choice where teeth are aligned by using clear aligners. The aligners are changed every 2 weeks. Whilst they can be removed, we recommend you keep the aligners in to minimise treatment times.

 

This system generally has longer treatment times 12-18 months but the benefits are the aligners really are invisible, no one would know you were wearing them. Again we may recommend some contouring and whitening at the completion of treatment.

Inman Aligner

Inman Aligner is useful when we need to just move one or two teeth. Generally treatment times are quick using this system. The appliance is removable which is also an attraction to patients not wanting a fixed brace in place. Treatment times are typically 3-7 months and again some whitening and contouring may be required at the completion of treatment.