What are the options for teeth straightening?

People who are thinking about going for straight teeth at home London should know that there are a number of different options available. The most suitable is very much dependent on the requirements of the individual, the current condition of their teeth, their lifestyle and age.

When people think of orthodontics, they usually associate it with a range of treatments that are offered to teenagers or young people. However, because there are so many benefits to having the teeth straightened, including improved oral health, this kind of assistance is now sought by people of all ages, including older adults.

Fixed braces

A fixed brace is the option probably most commonly associated with teeth straightening.  This kind of brace is composed of metal that is attached to the front of the teeth. During treatment, the orthodontist makes adjustments to the braces that encourage the teeth to move into a more favourable position over time.

Although this can be a time-consuming option that involves some discomfort, fixed braces usually offer great results at the end of the treatment period. Young people under the age of eighteen are usually entitled to this kind of treatment through the NHS. However, it is worth bearing in mind that this is subject to the discretion of the dentist; who assesses the patient’s teeth in order to decide whether or not they are eligible for funded treatment.

Invisible braces

Invisible braces have become increasingly popular over the years. For the many people who were not able to have misaligned teeth corrected in their youth, they are a great option as adults. This is because of the fact that they are barely noticeable to others; which means that feeling self-conscious about having the teeth straightened is no longer an issue.

Clear aligners are often chosen by young people too for the same reasons, they don’t necessarily want the whole world to know they are having orthodontic treatment either! This kind of brace is also a popular choice because of the relatively short treatment period. 

Rather than having to wait years, invisible braces often provide great results within a matter of weeks or months. For those impatient to improve their smile and get on with their lives, this is a great advantage.

Treatment with Invisalign doesn’t usually involve having to change a person’s diet or eating habits. Rather than having to worry about eliminating certain foods or drinks while having the teeth straightened, patients can eat and drink all their favourite things as normal. This is because the aligners are designed to be removed during mealtimes. If you are not convinced, ask your Ortodoncista (orthodontist in Spanish) and learn what all you can eat while you are wearing the braces.

However, it is important that this is the only time that they are removed, as doing so more often can mean that straightening progress isn’t as great as it should be. In order to get the best results, clear braces should be worn for approximately twenty-two hours every day.

Any person wishing to have their teeth straightened should consult with a professional to ascertain the best option for them on an individual basis. Every case is different, therefore a full examination and analysis of the position of the teeth should be completed before any recommendations on types of braces is given.