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Alternatives to Traditional Braces; Invisalign in St. Johns Wood and Other Orthodontic Treatments

When you are told that you need braces, you may feel your confidence get knocked down a few pegs. The images of large, metal braces are off-putting, which deters many people from seeking orthodontic treatments.

Luckily, in the field of dentistry today, there are many other options available to help you realign your smile with discretion. The use of clear and invisible aligners is now commonplace in dentistry and based on your specific alignment needs, there are many different options available.

What are invisible braces?

Clear or ‘invisible’ braces are orthodontic alternatives to traditional braces that are virtually invisible to the naked eye. They are typically made of a clear, flexible plastic that is designed to sit comfortably over your teeth.

They have gained popularity with dental patients due to their minimal appearance, their ease of use and their high levels of comfort.

Based on your individual orthodontic needs, your dentist may advise you to have a specific type of invisible braces. Luckily, all varieties tend to have the same advantages but differ in how they resolve issues with alignment.

Invisalign

The most popular of all the clear braces, this option offers customers a more personalized approach to their dental realignment.

It combines the use of X-rays, computer technology, a set of aligners and small amounts of pressure to gently realign your teeth over a period of 9-12 months.

It is removable, suitable for adults and teenagers and due to the computer technology used, the outcome of the treatment is more predictable than other forms of the clear aligner.

During the treatment, you will be given a set of aligners, each for a different stage of the realignment process that minimizes pressure and discomfort when realigning your teeth. Typically, these aligners may need to be changed every 2 weeks, but this is a decision will ultimately be decided by your dentist.

Six-month smiles

As the name suggests, this aligner has an average treatment time of around six months.

This is a discreet, orthodontic option that can help treat issues like spacing between teeth, crooked and crowded teeth, and symmetry problems. It can also be used to help teeth that require rotation.

Vivera retainers

Even those good old-fashioned metal braces can fail; statistically, if you undergo traditional brace treatment without an aligner afterward, your teeth are likely to revert back to their original position. This can be extremely frustrating, especially if you have paid for this treatment.

Vivera retainers are customized, flexible aligners to help keep your teeth aligned following any type of brace treatment. Removable and discreet, these are perfect for the everyday lifestyle and do not cause issues with comfort or hygiene.

Remember, those clear brace treatments are not suited to everyone. Indeed, most clear braces used by dentists are suitable for minor to moderate alignment issues and therefore people who have severe alignment in their mouth are unlikely to benefit.

Visit your dentist for more information about clear braces.