A patient wants to know if there is an easier way to straighten teeth, other than traditional braces.
In the next of our ‘ask a dentist’ series, a patient wants to know if unsightly dental braces are the only way that his teeth can be straightened.
Q. Like many teenagers; when faced with a choice of having slightly uneven teeth, or wearing unsightly metal braces, I took the first option. I wasn’t overly concerned about how my teeth looked at the time as they weren’t too bad, and, therefore I decided that dental braces weren’t for me and would reduce my chances of finding a girlfriend!. Now though, (too many) years later, the unevenness of my teeth has become worse and I’m thinkinking that it is time that I addressed this problem. My question to you is are there now other options than braces available to straighten teeth?
Thank you for your question and we are sure that you are not alone in avoiding metal braces as a teenager; in fact, this is more common than you might think.
Although it may initially seem like bad news to know that braces are still the only method available which effectively straighten teeth, the new generation of adult orthodontics are nothing like the unsightly metal braces that you are familiar with. Whilst a similar approach is used in many modern braces, i.e. using wires and brackets; these are designed to be far more discreet, using tooth coloured materials to render them less visible.
One new approach, which is available at the Cygnet Dental Practice in Wickford, is the use of Invisalign. Whilst this is a ‘dental brace’ in that it gradually exerts pressure on the teeth to correct their position, it avoids using both wires and brackets.
Instead, this revolutionary new method uses a series of transparent trays which are made from medical grade plastic. A series of these are produced following scans to enable them to fit both comfortably and securely. Each tray is worn for approximately a couple of weeks during which time it moves the teeth a little towards their desired position. This tray is then removed by the patient and replaced by the next in the series. This process continues until the end of the treatment period when your teeth should be straight and even.
Invisalign offers many benefits to its wearer that regular dental braces simply can’t. As well as the fact they it is comfortable to wear and also very difficult to see by others, it enables the wearer to keep their teeth clean by allowing them to be removed for both eating and cleaning. This means that brushing and flossing can be done as normal and your eating habits don’t need to change because of certain foods getting stuck in your braces.
It should be said that the use of Invisalign will depend on your situation and a thorough examination would need to be conducted by one of our dental team who will advise if this method is suitable for you and offer other options, if not.
As a leading cosmetic dentist in Essex who can provide Invisalign braces where appropriate, I would recommend arranging a consultation at our Wickford dental practice where we can discuss your options and answer any questions that you may have.
Call the Cygnet Dental Practice today on 01268 733078.