Orthodontics has come a long way and is arguably one of the areas of dentistry that has seen the most advancements in such a short space of time. 1 in 5 patients being treated for orthodontic treatment is now an adult whilst in the past orthodontic treatment was synonymous with children and young people.
The stigma that once surrounded a ‘metal mouth’ has faded considerably – in Asia braces have even become a fashion statement! Celebrities like Justin Bieber, Zara Larson and Tom Cruise have enlisted the help of braces to tackle orthodontic issues, giving them more of a place where media and celebrity culture is concerned.
Your options at Cliftonville
Invisalign is a set of removable aligners, enabling you to easily maintain good dental hygiene, which can be a bit challenging where fixed brace types are concerned. There are no limitations on your diet, as you can remove them for 2 hours each day to eat. If you have an upcoming presentation at work, you have the liberty of being able to remove the aligners so that they do not impede upon your speech, though this is minimal in any case.
Another removable appliance, the Inman aligner can tackle issues like misaligned, crowded and protruding teeth by applying gentle pressure via two opposing spring loaded bars. This continuous gentle pressure is actually one of the fastest ways to move teeth which often surprises patients! Once the aligner has done its job and moved your teeth into a desired position, you will need to wear a discreet retainer to prevent them moving back into their original position.
You will be pleased to hear that the average treatment time is between 6-16 weeks depending on what is being treated. Combine orthodontic treatment with cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening and veneers to accentuate the results of your period wearing a brace!
Six Month Smiles
The most aesthetic type of fixed brace, Six Month Smiles is a forward-thinking brace system that is continually evolving in its design, the most recent development being the introduction of tooth-coloured wires. Together with ceramic brackets, created to match the shade of your teeth, Six Month Smiles combines the quality of fixed brace technology with a modern and discreet design.
If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment at Cliftonville, please do not hesitate to contact us.