As a cosmetic dentist, you hear lots of requests, but one of the most frequent is for straighter or better aligned teeth. Modern orthodontics affords a great deal of possibility when it comes to adult teeth straightening, and the good news is that there doesn’t have to be a glint of metal in sight.
When you hear the world “orthodontics” you are likely to picture the traditional metal train-track style of braces. These are still used and remain popular among children and teenagers, who enjoy being able to personalise and customise them with coloured elastics. However, for adults it’s not hard to see why a cumbersome and obvious fixed metal appliance can be a turn-off.
That’s why Harley Street Dental Clinic has chosen to offer a number of far subtler orthodontic appliances – which may be fixed braces, or removable aligners. The benefits of teeth straightening treatment at any stage of your life should never be underestimated, and are never only just about aesthetics.
Let’s look at some common orthodontic problems: when your front teeth protrude (stick out) they are at more risk of accidental damage. By using a discreet orthodontic appliance such as the Inman Aligner – which is specifically designed to address issues with the front teeth both rapidly and discreetly – you can protect your teeth by bringing them into better alignment.
When your teeth are crowded or crooked, it can be a challenge to keep them scrupulously clean. Even with an excellent oral hygiene routine there will be areas that are very difficult to reach with a toothbrush, dental floss, or interdental brush.
Plaque is a serious problem. It causes both gum disease and tooth decay, which can result in the loss of your teeth. Furthermore, gum disease has been linked to a large number of general health conditions, including:
- Lung disease
- Heart disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Straightening your teeth makes them easier to clean, which means that as long as you follow your hygienist’s cleaning advice and visit your dentist regularly, you can reduce your chances of developing both decay and disease and all the serious problems that come with them.