Straightening teeth without unsightly traditional dental braces.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, a large number of people are thought to have avoided having dental braces in their teenage years, despite their teeth being uneven. The result of this is that many of us probably now look at our teeth and wish, in retrospect, that we had put up with them so that our teeth were now nice and even.
The good news is that it is not too late. Modern orthodontics, such as those that we offer at the Clock Tower Dental Clinic in Epsom, offer adults a way to have even teeth again, but this time with greater comfort and less visibility. Whether you simply have minor misalignment issues with your visible front teeth, or your teeth are generally crooked, we have a solution for you.
There are two main methods of teeth alignment which we use at your convenient Epsom dental practice. The first of these that we will take a look at is the revolutionary Clear Aligner system. This system offers orthodontics in a manner probably unfamiliar to most people. Gone are the wires and brackets approach of most orthodontic systems, and, instead, a series of transparent trays or ‘aligners’ are used. As with all orthodontic systems, this system is manufactured following scans and impressions to produce optimal results.
The Clear Aligner system uses not one, but a series of these trays. Each of these is worn for around a fortnight and is designed to move the teeth a little towards their desired position. Once they have achieved this, they are replaced by the next in the series which continues the process. In this manner, we are able to use gentle pressure to realign your teeth.
The advantage of this system is that they are more or less invisible to others, and, as well as being more comfortable, are also very convenient as they are designed to be removed when eating, or when cleaning your teeth.
Six Month Smile
Whilst the Clear Aligner system is perhaps less visible and more convenient than traditional approaches to teeth straightening, it is not the fastest method and perhaps not the most suitable for anyone simply wishing to have cosmetic realignment of the more visible front teeth. These teeth are easier to move than rear teeth and can be done in a shorter period of time using the Six Month Smile brace method. Whilst this method works by using the traditional system of wires and brackets, patients should note that they are not the metal braces of old but are made using much finer materials which are made in tooth coloured shades to render them much less visible.
Although called the ‘Six Month’ Smile system, this actually indicates the average length of time they can take to achieve their objective. Anyone requiring only slight adjustments to their teeth may find that they take just a few months to achieve this.
If you have crooked teeth and would like to see what we can do for you, why not arrange an initial consultation with our Epsom dentist by calling us on 01372 720136.