Braces Aren’t Just For Children – They Can Improve An Adult Smile Too
Whether we like it or not, it’s a sad fact of life that people judge others by their appearance, and in particular their smile. It’s a common perception that individuals with straight white, even smiles are more confident, more popular, and even more successful; so where does that leave you if your smile is less than perfect? Do you find yourself hiding yours because you feel self conscious and/or embarrassed? If this is the case, then you are certainly not alone.
Some adults are the victims of failed childhood orthodontic treatment through no fault of their own, and many assume that it’s too late to do anything about it. After all, surely it’s only kids who wear braces? The good news is that thanks to huge advances in dental technology, more and more adults are having orthodontic treatment and they’re not the sort of metal braces that you probably remember from your childhood. Instead, some like Invisalign and ClearCorrect, are designed to be incredibly discreet while others such as Six Month Smiles have far shorter treatment times. With these in mind, let’s take a closer look at these popular teeth straightening methods.
As you’ve probably guessed from the name, this treatment typically takes on average six months to complete. That said, don’t be surprised if your dentist suggests a timescale of somewhere between four and nine months, depending upon the severity of the problem. However that’s still a significant difference when you compare it to more comprehensive treatments which can take between two and three years to complete. In addition, Six Month Smiles treatment differs from conventional orthodontics in that it focuses more on the aesthetics of your smile rather than addressing the functionality of the bite and the positioning of your teeth overall. So if you’re after a teeth straightening solution in a shorter space of time then you really should consider this dental treatment.
The Six Month Smiles system addresses the six to eight teeth that are seen in your smile line (the aesthetic zone) and can correct minor smile defects such as unsightly gaps and flared, crooked, or misaligned teeth. The fixed brace is both lightweight and discreet since it uses tooth-coloured brackets and wires and although you might be able to notice it close up, remember treatment is normally completed in super-fast time.
If you’re looking for faster results and want to achieve that perfect smile in time for your best friend’s wedding or that all important job interview then Six Month Smiles treatment could really benefit you.
If you’re still apprehensive about wearing even the most discreet orthodontic appliances, then Invisalign may change the way you think about braces. Considered the ‘Rolls Royce’ of braces they consist of a series of clear plastic custom liners that are worn over the teeth making them appear virtually invisible. Each set of liners is worn for two weeks at a time during which period the teeth gradually move towards their predetermined position. The treatment time varies from one person to another depending on the extent of the straightening needed and the complexities involved.
The main benefits of Invisalign are comfort and convenience. Designed to be removed by the wearer prior to meal times, patients don’t have to worry about what they eat -even something like a crisp green apple isn’t a problem! Moreover, because the aligners are self-removing, it makes it easy to brush and floss thus enabling you to maintain good oral hygiene. Finally, since the aligners are virtually invisible anyway, no-one will even know that you’re having orthodontic treatment. That is… unless you tell them of course!
Relatively new to the UK, ClearCorrect has been a more affordable alternative to Invisalign in the US since 2006. Both methods provide the same effective treatment using discreet clear plastic aligners, but since ClearCorrect laboratory costs are lower, we are able to pass the savings on to the patient.
Now that you know more about the teeth straightening options available to adults, why not move closer to achieving the smile that you’ve always longed for.
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