In recent years there has been a remarkable revolution in orthodontics.
Unlike the traditional use of metal braces, patients can now choose removable braces, or aligners, made from nearly invisible plastic to correct a number of issues including: widely spaced or crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, open bites, crossbite and gapped teeth.
The custom-made aligners fit tightly over your teeth to control movement and rotation. A new set of aligners will be created every two weeks that will continue their movement into the correct position.
Much like traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces are fixed to your teeth and perform in the exact same way.
However, unlike metal braces, the brackets are clear and the wires are designed to match the colour of your teeth so they are much more discreet. Whilst wearing your clear ceramic braces you will need to visit your dentist regularly so they can adjust the tension of the wires guiding your teeth into position.
Both options have their advantages and can produce incredible results but the only way to know which ones are best for you is to speak to your dentist. They will take the time to explain the advantages and considerations for both.
When we are fitting and adjusting your braces or aligner you won’t experience any pain. However because these treatments are designed to physically move your teeth into a new position you can expect your teeth to ache for a few days after an adjustment or changing to a new aligner. The ache is usually quite mild but any discomfort can be treated with an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or paracetamol.
Having straight teeth is about more than just aesthetics. When your teeth are properly aligned is it easier to prevent many health issues including gum disease, which can lead to tooth decay and loss, as well as speech/chewing issues, jaw problems and unnecessary wear and tear on your teeth.
As with many dental treatments you may have moments where your speech is slightly affected but your mouth will quickly get used to having the braces in your mouth and you will soon be speaking normally again.
You will need to be somewhat cautious about the foods you eat and should avoid sticky, sugary sweets and hard, crunchy snacks. You should also cut up foods such as raw vegetables, hard bread, etc. into smaller portions to avoid biting into them with your front teeth.