When we think about orthodontics, unsightly metal braces are the first thing to come to mind. However, orthodontics is more than just braces. Orthodontists are concerned with the position of the teeth, what has caused them to arrive at their current position, and what future movement may be needed so that your bite is fully functional.
We may have some orthodontic options available to straighten your teeth, ranging from conventional braces (with wires and brackets) to invisible braces (clear orthodontic aligners). Each method ranges in price and treatment length and will vary by patient. Ask your cosmetic dentist about which treatment is right for you.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Invisalign clear aligners can straighten your teeth without the wires and brackets of traditional braces. The aligners consist of a sequence of clear, removable trays that fit over the teeth to straighten them. With the new smart track, each tray must be worn for a specified amount of time – usually, around 20 hours a day – and now will smart track material for one week before you can progress to the next tray. In most situations, the aligners can straighten teeth in anywhere from 3 to 12 months.
Clear orthodontic aligners are suitable for patients with mild or moderate crowding, or minor spacing issues. They may not be appropriate for patients with severe crowding or spacing. While the aligners can correct a mild malocclusion, patients with severe underbites, overbites or crossbites may require more advanced orthodontic with the specialist orthodontist.
Unlike traditional braces, the trays can be removed for brushing, flossing, and eating. Because the trays are clear, you can undergo this type of orthodontic treatment without the usual discomfort associated with regular braces.
If you fail to wear the trays properly, or lose them, additional costs may be incurred if new trays or a digital scan of your teeth are needed.
At City Dental, we offer a range of fixed adult orthodontic braces for straightening your teeth and giving you the best smile possible. These appliances work in the same way as traditional metal braces and are just as effective in gradually moving and straightening your teeth, whilst being more discreet than conventional braces.
To book a consultation to find out which clear brace solution would be best for you, please contact us on 020 7638 0870Back to treatments