Braces for adults – a guide to discreet teeth straightening

Woman smiling with her bracesIn recent years, adults who wish to straighten their teeth and improve their bite, are increasingly turning to teeth straightening treatments. However, not all patients wish to wear metal braces, because of various aesthetic concerns. Although there are many health benefits related to straighter teeth, such as improved dental and overall health, most people want to straighten their smile in order to feel better about their appearance.

People who are interested in straightening their teeth will have to be examined by a dentist at a specialised dental practice such as Hermes London Dental Clinic in Victoria. An experienced dentist will be able to determine the suitability of each treatment, since different people have different needs. Patients can take advantage of discreet braces, which are minimally invasive, aesthetically pleasing and have no impact on daily life.

Clear aligners

This innovative treatment consists of a series of transparent, removable, custom-made aligners, which are each worn for three weeks during which time they help move your teeth by a very small amount. Clear aligners are made of transparent materials and are therefore less visible on the teeth than metal braces. Furthermore, they are removable for eating, brushing and flossing. However, dentists recommend wearing them at least 22 hours per day for effective treatment.

Lingual braces

Unlike metal braces, lingual braces are attached to the inside of the teeth and are a great option for patients who wish to have discreet treatment. The process for lingual braces involves taking an impression of the teeth, which is then sent to a specialised dental laboratory. Impressions are used to create customised brackets. This can take up to six weeks and, once complete, an experienced dentist will fix the braces onto the back surfaces of your teeth. Just like traditional braces, lingual braces apply subtle but continuous pressure to the teeth to help them move into their right position. Treatment with lingual braces can take anywhere from 18 to 36 months, depending on the severity of each individual case.

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces function just like metal braces. However, their tooth-coloured brackets and wires, blend in better with natural teeth, offering a discreet and subtle result. Ceramic braces can be used to carry out both complex and simple tooth movements.

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