My teeth are crooked, what can I do about it?
Every year, thousands of people in the UK get the straight bright smile they long for by investing in a set of clear braces, and you too could benefit from this highly successful treatment. Don’t feel like you’re alone in wanting to improve the appearance of your teeth, whether you have crooked, crowded, or badly spaced teeth, there are dentists at the Pearl Dental Clinic waiting to help you get your confidence back. There are lots of options for fixing a unique set of teeth, some more invasive than others, but if you want a top quality appliance that gives results fast, then clear braces are your best choice.
What are clear braces?
Clear braces are made up of a transparent resin shield that fits over the natural teeth to guide them into the desired position. They are sometimes referred to as ‘invisible braces’ because they are so discreet and easy to wear that they are almost undetectable. The demand for clear braces has grown significantly over the past decade or so, principally because they are far less obvious than traditional metal braces, but also because they work faster and dentists can offer a more predictable outcome – thanks to modern computer programs and manufacturing techniques. Several different retainers are created to account for the movement of the teeth, and they are usually completely removable.
If you’re considering getting braces, but you have been put off in the past by the thought of wearing traditional ‘train track’ braces – perhaps because of your age or confidence issues – then clear braces could be the solution. In addition to their faster treatment time and unobtrusive appearance, they are much easier to look after than wires and brackets, consequently, patients who have been treated with them find that their lives don’t have to be dominated by what kind of orthodontics they choose.
What are the benefits of clear braces?
Clear braces are a highly sought after dental treatment because the process has been refined and perfected over the years to give the best results. This type of appliance is the best in the business in terms of performance, and it also manages better outcomes in a shorter space of time than traditional orthodontics. In some cases, dentists have found that clear braces take half the time of metal braces to do the same job, leaving patients free to return to their normal routines within as little as eight months. Metal appliances can sometimes take more than two years to perform to the same standard as clear braces.
Furthermore, invisible braces such as Invisalign are much easier to look after because they are removable and they don’t have any small parts to clean around. Metal brackets and wires can be difficult to brush in-between and can irritate the gums, they have also been known to leave teeth discoloured after treatment, there are no such problems with clear braces because they are not permanently bonded to the enamel. Dentists advise that the appliance be worn for about twenty hours out of the day in order for it to achieve optimum results, but it can be removed for eating and brushing, and cleaning it regularly will help keep your teeth in their best condition as well.
Another great benefit of clear braces is that it’s a more reliable procedure in comparison to traditional orthodontic treatments. In the past, dentists have had to lean on experience and guesswork to get the desired outcome, but modern dentistry allows for a reliance on computer technology to accurately predict the results and to design an appliance in response. Precise measurements are calculated so that the shield fits the teeth perfectly and applies the right amount of pressure in the right places, to coax the teeth into the required arrangement.
Is there a down side to clear braces?
Like most things in life, clear braces have their drawbacks; it’s just a case of weighing up the pros and cons to see if they’re suitable for you. Compared to previous aligning treatments, clear braces standout as an effective, reliable product that can give you a better smile in a fraction of the time; they’re easy to look after, are almost invisible, and they work! However, because the idea is not to have too bulky an appliance in the mouth, clear braces are not the ideal solution for patients with extremely crooked teeth, it may be the case that some other orthodontics should be performed beforehand to deal with severe miss-alignment.
People often find that the biggest drawback is the price, clear braces tend to be a bit more expensive than their metal counterparts, so be prepared to pay extra if you want the best. The difference in price represents the shorter, more comfortable, and effective treatment that you will receive, which most patients will agree is worth the higher price tag.
Can I get clear braces for my teeth?
If you’ve read up on the subject a little bit and you think clear braces are for you, why not make an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentists to see if you are a suitable candidate. More often than not, patients with crowding, crossing, or gapped teeth can have their problems fixed, but the only way you’re going to know for sure is if you get advice from a healthcare professional. Make an appointment and talk through your options to make sure you’re getting the right treatment for your circumstances.