A smile can be spoiled by quite small problems; fortunately there are some rapid solutions
Crooked teeth are quite a widespread problem. They can cause all sorts of issues, from an incorrect bite that can lead to premature damage to teeth that overlap, creating a problem when cleaning and often leading to tooth decay.
For most people though, the most obvious issue with a crooked tooth is that, if it is one of the front teeth, it can really ruin what would otherwise be an attractive smile.
Understandably, people who are keen to have an attractive smile are reluctant to have dental braces, perhaps thinking of them in terms of ‘old school’ braces. These were traditionally made from a dark coloured metal and were highly visible. For these patients, it is often a case of finding the right solution that will straighten the affected tooth but in a less visible manner, and of course, as quickly as possible.
‘Cosmetic braces’ is a general term for orthodontic devices that are designed for minor corrections where teeth have become crooked, or overlapping, usually at the front of the mouth. These teeth, sometimes known as the ‘social six’ due to their high visibility when we smile, are single rooted and therefore usually more easily corrected than the rear teeth which are double rooted. At the Cygnet Dental Practice in Wickford, we offer solutions to both of these problems, with the Invisalign system being most widely used for more significant corrections and the Six Month Smiles system for more cosmetic ones.
So, how do they do this? Unlike Invisalign which uses transparent trays that fit over your teeth, the Six Month Smiles system does use the more traditional method of wires and brackets. The advantage of this system for our patients is that the materials used are both less bulky and also made from a tooth coloured material. It is also a fast acting system and, although the name would indicate that the treatment takes six months, in itself quite fast for a teeth straightening treatment, it can in fact take much less time than that. The length of the treatment will depend on your situation and the dentist should be able to give you an indication of the treatment length during your consultation before the braces are fitted.
This treatment is designed to be as comfortable as possible, and in addition to their professional fitting by our dentist, it is worth noting that the Six Month Smiles system uses the minimum of pressure possible, making them more comfortable than some other types of orthodontics. It is important that teeth are not ‘forced’ into position too quickly by applying too much force as this could damage both the tooth and underlying bone structure.
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