Only a handful of people are blessed with perfect and straight teeth. However, it does not stop the rest of us from wanting straight and flawless teeth to show off with a smile. In earlier times, people were at a loss on ways of straightening their crooked teeth due to the absence of cosmetic surgeries. The good news now is that there are cosmetic surgeries and other dental procedures that can straighten your crooked, misaligned or chipped teeth and give you a wonderful smile.
At Dental Clinic London, we provide several dental procedures and cosmetic surgeries to those who need them. If you think you are suitable for Invisalign braces in London or any other teeth straightening procedure, you can schedule an appointment with our dentist to find out which option is most suitable for you.
Below are some ways by which you can get those perfect, straight teeth that you desire.
- Invisalign and Smilelign
Metal and fixed braces have been popular in the past, for the correction of misaligned teeth. While these are still available today and are still very much in use, more recent improvements have been made for the correction of teeth alignment problems. Such improvements include the Invisalign and Smilelign aligners.
These are clear, removable, plastic aligners that are custom made specifically for the patient. Unlike the traditional metal braces, they are not fixed and can be removed. However, for it to work effectively, they must be worn for at least 22 hours daily. These aligners work by gently, but consistently moving your teeth to the ideal position.
Depending on the severity of your dental condition, you might be needing more or fewer trays to correct the problem. Every two weeks, you would have to meet with your dentist to replace the existing tray of aligners with a new one, so as to continue the treatment. As long as you stick to the treatment and follow it effectively, your treatment will be complete with your smile looking beautiful.
Benefits of Invisalign braces
The benefits associated with the use of Invisalign clear aligners include
- They can be removed, but only during eating, brushing and flossing
- It is very comfortable to wear
- It is invisible to other people
- They hardly damage or cause discomfort to the teeth and gums
- You know what to expect at the end of your treatment
The only seemingly bad side to the use of this method for straightening one’s smile is the cost. It is quite expensive, as opposed to conventional metal braces; however, with its wide range of benefits, together with its comfort, it is worth it in the end.
- Inman Braces
Some dental misalignments require specific solutions. The Inman brace is especially beneficial for straightening of a particular part of the dentition. A good example is the case of protruding front teeth, or for crowded teeth.
With this brace, the affected part is slowly but surely guided back to the perfect position. Inman works faster, as your treatment can be completed in as little as 6 weeks, or as long as 18 or 20 weeks. It depends on the severity of your case, and also how dedicated you are to wearing the braces for the treatment. Also important to note, is the fact that they are also removable braces.
- Composite bonding
This is another way of correcting a minor dental flaw without the use of braces or aligners. This is a cosmetic procedure in which a composite resin material is applied to the teeth and hardened with a curing light. The material used matches the color of the patient’s teeth, meaning that they are completely undetectable by others unless you tell them. They are used for the correction of minor teeth misalignment, and they are also helpful in improving the shape, color and size of teeth.
The best part of this procedure is that it is non-invasive, meaning no damage is done to the teeth or enamel. Also, they do not require a lot of preparations as they can be done in just one visit. However, they must be done by an experienced and qualified dentist. Unfortunately, they do not have a long life span as they can only last for as long as 4 –8 years with adequate maintenance.
- Six months smile
People of all age brackets have problems with their smile, and thus need it corrected. While some people may turn to the use of traditional metal braces to correct their various problems, others may choose to use other means. The six months smile is one of such and helps people achieve the perfect smile.
It is a type of brace that is worn to correct misaligned or crooked teeth in as little as six months, hence the name. In as much as some people wish to have a picture-perfect smile, some may not want the treatment process to go on for long, so they would prefer a short-range, but effective treatment and this is where the six months smile comes in.
This type of braces can be used to treat any of the following dental problems in six months:
- Crowded teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Under bite
- Cross bite and
- Gaps between teeth
The features and benefits of this type of brace include;
- They are typically cheaper compared to aligners, veneers and metal braces
- They are not clear aligners, neither are they removable. Instead, they are more like metal braces; however, they are a bit more invisible, meaning they are not easily noticed, and they are also smaller and lighter than the metal braces.
- They are comfortable to wear and can be placed on your teeth in one appointment
- Their short range of treatment increases comfort, hygiene and safety
- Being a brace, they have a more effective result
Note that, this type of brace may not be recommended for everyone. For you to be eligible to use it, you would have to come to that conclusion after discussing with your dentist.
- Porcelain veneers
Like all other forms of cosmetic dental correction, porcelain veneers have become quite popular. It can also be used to correct certain dental imperfections. It is majorly an option for people who have mild dental problems and who do not wish to have braces installed.
A veneer corrects dental problems such as dental discoloration, slight misalignment and small gaps in teeth by placing a thin layer of porcelain over the front of the tooth or teeth. It uses the same mechanism as applying a false nail. However, in this process, before the veneer is applied, certain parts of the enamel would have to be removed, so the tooth or teeth still retain its shape and size after the veneer has been applied. By fitting the veneer in certain positions, it can fit misaligned teeth back into its right position, cover up imperfections like cracks, stains, and gaps between teeth.
You do not have to worry about the porcelain coming off at any time, because they are held in place by really strong adhesives. The downside to this is the fact that it is an invasive treatment procedure and parts of the enamel have to be removed.
After treatment has been completed, especially for people with misaligned teeth, patients would have to continue wearing a retainer. This retainer is just like a plastic aligner; however, it is only meant to ensure that your treatment is permanent. It is worn at night, so you don’t have to bother about people seeing them. Not wearing a retainer puts your teeth at risk of slipping back to its previous position before treatment.
Are you still considering a suitable option for your misaligned teeth? You can contact recommended dentists for a suitable treatment option, and if you are out for a discreet treatment, then Invisalign will be just perfect for you.