Straightening your teeth, at any age, isn’t just about making your smile look better. Of course, the benefits an attractive smile can bring to your self-image and confidence can radiate out across all areas of your life, but there other health benefits to be gained, too.
Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent offers a number of subtle ways to straighten adults’ and teenagers’ teeth. These are much more discreet than metal braces, the thought of which can be enough to put some people off seeking treatment.
When the teeth are improperly aligned, they are hard to keep clean. Even if you have an excellent brushing and flossing routine at home, all too often there are hard-to-reach areas where plaque can build up.
Dental plaque causes both tooth decay and gum disease, which can ultimately lead to tooth loss. Numerous studies have also linked gum disease to a wide range of serious conditions, from heart and lung disease to premature labour and low birth weight in babies whose mother suffered from a serious form of the condition.
By straightening your teeth and making them easier to keep clean, you can reduce your chances of these conditions developing – as long as you have a prudent oral hygiene routine and visit the dentist and hygienist regularly.
There are several options for discreet teeth straightening. Treatment may involve use of a subtle fixed appliance or a clear, removable aligner. Your dentist will perform a thorough clinical examination to assess which appliance will best suit your needs.
Popular choices include:
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles are one of the most popular methods of teeth straightening for adults. Comprising tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets, they are barely noticeable in everyday life. Six months is the average treatment times with these braces; they work so quickly because they focus on the teeth that show when you smile.
Invisalign treatment involves the use of a series of clear, removable aligners, which gently guide the teeth into an improved position. Treatment takes place in fortnightly increments, and the number of aligners required will depend on the amount of correction needed.