The most common reason people seek orthodontic treatment is to improve the aesthetics of their smile, but orthodontics also can improve the functionality and overall health of your teeth. Having aligned and straight teeth can reduce the risk of gum disease and makes your oral hygiene easier to maintain. Gum disease doesn’t just affect your teeth, it can be linked to problems in other parts of your body and can even be linked to strokes, heart disease, and diabetes.
Traditionally a metal brace would be applied to straighten your teeth over a period that’s usually between 18 and 24 months. The metal braces are applied to your teeth and tightened and adjusted to move the teeth in the desired direction. The main problem with metal braces is keeping them clean. Because of the nature of applying a metal structure around your teeth it makes the surface of your teeth harder to clean and maintain. Patients with normal metal braces also say that they can be uncomfortable and even scratch the inside of your mouth.
Your dentist or orthodontist is the only person who can advise you appropriately on which treatment would suit you. Bow House Dental in Hertfordshire provides a fast and efficient service for all of your dental needs. They cover a wide range of treatments, from options for missing teeth to a range of discreet orthodontic appliances – both fixed braces and removable aligners.
Patients started using more modern, less obvious alternatives to traditional braces in around 2000. One of the most popular discreet orthodontic treatments is called Invisalign, and has the dual benefits of being clear and removable, for minimal lifestyle impact.
Invisalign uses plastic aligners specifically made to fit your teeth through a high-tech process of 3D imaging and x-rays. These aligners are changed every two weeks to gradually move the teeth to the desired position.
The advantages of this treatment is that thanks to the removable nature of Invisalign, you can clean and floss your teeth as normal, making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene.
Because the aligners are removable they are a lot more comfortable than conventional braces. With the added bonus of being transparent and snugly fitting over your teeth, most people will probably not even notice that you’re wearing a brace, but they will surely notice the results!