As an adult, what are my options for teeth straightening?
Typically, we would recommend referring you to an orthodontist, but the majority of adults are worried about having wires and metal in their mouths.
At The Slade Dental practice we believe cosmetic “invisible” braces are the ideal first option since it is the most conservative method to move your teeth into perfect position, without brackets and wires.
As an adult, the bone in your jaws is generally denser in quality, and though the movement that occurs is slower, our cases show stable, excellent results in a reasonable timeframe. Sometimes if the tooth malalignment is minor, we can "visually" straighten the teeth with porcelain veneers and crowns, something we commonly refer to as "instant orthodontics". In cases where teeth have been previously heavily-filled and are darkly stained, patients will often select this option, since the colour and visual position of the teeth can be corrected at the same time.
Do you offer invisible braces?
You may have heard about the new ‘invisible brace’ and wondered what it is all about. If you have teeth that are crowded, too far apart or have shifted since wearing conventional braces, this system may give you a new reason to smile!
At the moment in the UK, there are 2 well known systems, which are widely used. Invisalign and Clearstep both work through a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners that no-one can tell you are wearing.
Because it is nearly invisible almost no one can tell you are wearing braces, so you can smile more during as well as after your treatment. With no metal or sharp edges, the invisible brace is comfortable to wear and does not cause allergies.
The convenience and ease of use have made it the choice of over half a million people, giving hundreds of thousands of people amazing new smiles.
How does it work ?
Using the latest advances in 3-D computer technology and your dentist’s instructions, a series of custom made removable mouth trays (aligners) are created. These aligners apply a controlled amount of force to your teeth, causing them to move. Each aligner is slightly different, moving your teeth gradually into the desired position.
How long will THE TREATMENT take ?
This treatment will only work while you wear the aligners. We recommend they are worn full time day and night (min 22–24 hours).
Each aligner is worn for 2 weeks, (before moving onto the next in the series), moving your teeth millimetre by millimetre, week by week, until you reach your desired result.
Treatment length will vary depending on your case, but the average treatment is nine to eighteen months.
Once active treatment is complete, there may be some fine tuning to create that perfect smile.
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