Are you self conscious about crooked teeth or gaps between your teeth? Many adults have concerns with their smile – whether it’s straightness, gaps, overlapping or overbites, but they don’t want to have braces. There are now many treatment options for adults to straighten their teeth and improve their smile, without the need for traditional bulky orthodontics. Some options are:
– Invisalign is a series of clear retainers, which gradually improve the alignment of your teeth. As they are clear, they are virtually undetectable, and give patients great results in minimal treatment time. Impressions of your teeth are taken in order to make the retainers, and highly advanced technology and imaging creates a prototype of how your teeth will reach their ideal straightness.
This option is perfect for people who don’t like the hassle and traditional look of braces. However, it’s crucial to keep teeth very clean throughout treatment with regular hygiene appointments. The retainers are also required to be kept safe – many patients accidentally sit on or break their retainers, which then need replacing.
– Lingual braces are braces that are placed on the inside surface of your teeth. This means they are not visible on the front surfaces of your teeth. Lingual braces are not suitable for every orthodontic case, so it’s crucial to speak to Dr Caroline Nguyen before deciding on anything. The benefits of lingual braces are optimal straightening of the teeth without the visibility of frontal braces. However they can be a mouthful to get used to – causing some minor scrapes and abrasions on the tongue. They can also be tricky to clean, and require thorough brushing and flossing, with regular hygiene appointments.
If you have any concerns about the straightness or look of your teeth, please phone us today and make an appointment for an orthodontic consultation. We would be glad to help you, and have had many success stories transforming patients’ smiles.