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CONSIDERING ADULT BRACES?

5th April 2018

In the mainstream media, be it television, lifestyle magazines, the general press or social media we are exposed to glamorous pictures of celebrities with big smiles showing beautiful straight white teeth.

It is an all too familiar sight to see teenagers with metal braces. Even a few years ago it would have been virtually unheard of that adults would have their teeth straightened. Apart from the obvious cosmetic advantage of having straight teeth, there is an added oral health benefit. Having straight teeth can make it easier to brush well and clean in between the teeth using floss or interdental brushes, reducing the risk of dental decay and gum disease.

However, in recent years, several companies have emerged that have made it more desirable for adults to straighten their teeth in a discrete fashion without friends, colleagues or even family knowing. Depending on the severity, mild teeth straightening cases can be completed in as little as 3 months.

There are several types of braces available for adults which offer such discretion, and we offer these options at The Gentle Dental Practice here in East Molesey, Surrey. These include ceramic braces, removable clear braces and removable appliances, as well as lingual braces which are fixed behind the teeth.

Ceramic Braces

You may have heard of common systems on the market such as Six Month Smiles or Quick Straight Teeth. The ceramic brackets are attached to the teeth and the wires are near tooth coloured. The brackets are fixed to the outside surface of the teeth, and due to the colour of the brackets, and wires, they provide a discrete solution to teeth straightening. Tom Cruise wore ceramic braces while attending the premieres of the 2002 film “Minority Report,” and Faith Hill was spotted with a mouthful of ceramic braces at recent awards ceremonies.

Removable Clear Aligners

The most famous type of clear aligners are called Invisalign. These are custom made trays that fit snugly over the teeth applying pressure to align to align slowly align them. A patient typically uses a series of aligners over a period of time as each aligner slowly pushes the teeth into a predetermined position in the arch. The number of aligners depends on how crooked the teeth and with Invisalign, the unique ClinCheck software allows patients to see their treatment plan from beginning to end even before the start of treatment. These are not completely invisible but are much more discrete than the ceramic braces.

Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is a removable device that fits directly to the teeth. It is designed to align the front 4 (incisor) teeth in the upper or lower jaw only. It uses hidden springs and bows to push the teeth into the desired position. Treatment can be completed in as little as 3 months.

Lingual Braces

You may have heard of Secret Smile or Incognito. These are also custom made braces that are fixed to the inside/tongue side of the teeth making them completely invisible. These are ideal for those people requiring treatment but do not wish to compromise their appearance.

All these braces aim to give you the same final result, and the level of discomfort is similar. It is up to you to decide what your requirements are and for your dentist or orthodontist to assess which are the most suitable options for you.

Here at The Gentle Dental, East Molesey, Surrey, we have recently introduced these various teeth straightening options. We provide “treatment bundles” which include teeth whitening, and teeth “bonding” or re-contouring to give you the perfect smile with no hidden costs.

Call or email the practice, our team would be happy to discuss all the options available to you.

Ali

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