More and more adults in the UK are choosing to have their teeth straightened with ‘invisible’ braces, which make use of innovative, modern dental techniques and cutting-edge materials to discreetly straighten teeth in patients of all ages. If you are considering having your own teeth straightened, you may have found yourself wondering if such systems really work. Read on to learn more about the effectiveness of adult braces and find answers to some of the most common questions.
Am I too old to have my teeth straightened?
Although a great many people have their teeth straightened in their adolescent years, there is no reason that any adult with healthy teeth can’t enjoy excellent results from teeth straightening. For many people, the biggest barrier is the belief that they will have to wear unsightly fixed braces for a long period of time to get good results – however, this is not something you need to worry about.
Patients in their teenage years are often fitted with metal braces for several reasons. This includes the fact that they are more economical (remember, teeth straightening for children is usually NHS funded), more flexible and can obtain quicker results. They are also harder to lose and do not require as much self discipline from the patient (we are talking about teenagers!). In addition, they often deal with more complex straightening issues at the same time, such as correcting the bite. For adults who do not require major orthodontic work, a slower, gentler approach that is less intrusive on your lifestyle is usually preferable, and invisible braces such as the Invisalign system are recommended.
What makes Invisalign special?
Invisalign is the world’s most advanced clear aligner system and to date has been used to successfully transform the smiles of over 9 million patients. The custom-made retainers are 30% stronger than other retainers for lasting results. The retainers are made with the aid of advanced digital technology that allows your Invisalign dentist to take a fast and precise 3D digital scan of your teeth and map out a custom treatment plan just for you. This means you know exactly what results you can expect before you even begin treatment.
Provided that you wear the Invisalign retainers for the recommended number of hours per day, you can expect to achieve exceptional, lasting results.
Can I have invisible fixed braces?
In some cases, cosmetic fixed braces may be the best choice, especially where more precise and controlled movements of teeth are required. Both the Six Month Smiles and Quick Straight Teeth systems are used here at Stella Maris Dental. Made especially to blend in with your teeth, they are incredibly discreet and allow results to be obtained in as little as 4-9 months.
What is a Rapid Removable Appliance?
The Rapid Removable Appliance or the Inman Aligner is a ‘spring loaded’ removable appliance that can rapidly straighten teeth with mild crowding in a matter of weeks. It works effectively on either the upper or lower front teeth and typically treatment times can range from between 6 to 16 weeks. It is not as discreet as Invisalign, but can offer a quicker and more affordable solution for simple straightening cases.
Discreet solutions for mild problems
It is important to know that the options described above are not designed to address major orthodontic issues, but do offer extremely reliable treatment of mild misalignments of the front teeth, helping to dramatically improve your appearance and restore confidence in your smile. They particularly suit adults who feel they missed out on orthodontic treatment as a child, or if previous brace treatment has relapsed. They may not be suitable for all cases – the best way to find the best solution for you is to arrange a consultation with one of our expert dentists.
To book a consultation now and discover more about the teeth straightening options available at our award-winning dental practice, call now on 0121 588 4541.
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