One of the most common concerns expressed by patients visiting an orthodontist is discreet dental treatment. Traditional braces are highly effective and they do a great job in straightening the teeth and correcting jaw problems, but they are visible and this does make a lot of adults self-conscious.
Orthodontists, such as Dr. Laing and Dr. Neal at Harley Street Dental Clinic in Harley Street, recognise that wearing metal braces can have an impact on the way you look. However, improperly aligned teeth can affect your oral health, being harder to keep clean and more likely to develop cavities and fractures.
Luckily, patients today have a wide range of choices when visiting the orthodontist and they can benefit from discreet teeth straightening treatments. An orthodontist may recommend two of the newest choices for invisible teeth straightening: lingual braces and Invisalign clear aligners.
Lingual braces are metal braces placed behind the teeth by your orthodontist. Because their brackets are fixed behind the teeth, they are undetectable, offering an important cosmetic advantage over traditional braces.
Lingual braces are comfortable to wear and function on the same principle as metal braces. They apply constant pressure on your teeth to get them to move into the right position. Just like with standard braces, brackets and wires are part of the treatment. However, unlike with traditional braces, lingual braces are tailored by the orthodontist to each individual case.
The most obvious advantage of lingual braces is their aesthetic appeal. They are probably the least visible braces that currently exist, but keeping them clean can be challenging. Furthermore, lingual braces may cause tongue irritation. Your orthodontist can offer helpful tips and guide you step-by-step through the right cleaning process.
Invisalign clear braces
Invisalign employs a series of transparent removable aligners to correct the position of your teeth. Invisalign aligners are subtle, clear, and comfortable, making them ideal for adults with moderately crooked teeth. You remove them when you eat, drink or clean your teeth, but you have to wear them at least 22 hours a day for effective treatment. With Invisalign, you can have a straighter smile within six months to a year.