As well as providing orthodontic care for children, we are also increasingly helping adults to benefit from better aligned teeth, using more discreet and faster-acting braces.
How they help
- Less noticeable appearance
- Can correct crooked, crowded or protruding teeth
- Improve how you eat and speak
- Invisalign® aligners are removable
- Make teeth easier to clean
How they work
Invisalign – this innovative system consists of a series of clear, custom-made aligners which move your teeth to an improved position.
If Invisalign is a suitable method for you, we take impressions and photographs of your teeth. Special 3D technology produces a personalised plan, which shows the journey your teeth will take during the straightening process and how they will look following treatment.
Each aligner is slightly different and worn for two weeks until you move to the next one in the series – this produces a controlled force which gently straightens your teeth. You may feel slight discomfort when each new aligner is put in place but this will soon wear off and it is a good sign the treatment is working.
The aligners can be taken out for short periods for cleaning, eating and special occasions but it is important to wear them for 22-24 hours daily to ensure treatment is successful. If worn for an adequate amount of time each day, treatment is usually completed in 6-12 months.
Other invisible braces:
Ceramic braces – these work just like conventional fixed braces but they have clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires. The brackets are attached firmly to the front of the teeth and an attached wire pulls the teeth gradually and precisely into line.
Lingual braces – these also have brackets and wires, but they are bonded to the inside surface of the teeth, making them virtually invisible.
How to look after your teeth during and after orthodontic treatment
- Keep them clean – it’s vital to keep both your teeth and braces clean to avoid decay, gum disease and bad breath. You can use interdental brushes to clean awkward places and remove plaque from around brackets. Disclosing tablets will help you see where you need to carry out some extra cleaning.
- Watch your diet – try to avoid overly sugary foods and drink to reduce your risk of developing tooth decay. Very sticky or chewy foods could also damage a fixed brace.
- Keep them in place – you will need to wear a retainer following treatment to ensure your teeth stay in place.
Looking for an adult-friendly way to set your teeth straight? Call us on 01494 783 874 to find out about our more subtle orthodontic options.