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In this modern-day and age, there are several different types of appliances available that are capable of correcting your smile and bite by straightening your teeth. Having straight teeth can drastically improve your confidence when it comes to both your personal and professional life, but it can improve your overall oral health as well.
When teeth are crooked they can cause additional plaque to build-up in areas that are difficult for you to reach, due to the positioning of your teeth. This can cause damage to both your teeth and gums as plaque can harden and sometimes result in tooth decay or gingivitis, which in turn can lead to gum disease. If you think that your teeth are crooked and this is impacting your daily life, getting braces in Milton Keynes could resolve your issues and give you a straight, even smile to be proud of.
The traditional appliance that is commonly associated with straightening your teeth is attached to the outer surfaces of your teeth by brackets that have been glued on. These brackets are connected by a metal wire and are usually metal coloured themselves. If you want to add some colour, then in some cases you will be able to attach coloured bands to the brackets.
Some people prefer to opt for an appliance that is similar to the above but attached to the teeth with a completely clear bracket instead. They are often connected with the clear or tooth-coloured wire as well, which means the appliance offers slightly more subtlety when it comes to teeth straightening.
Clear and removable aligners for a discreet treatment
Having straightening appliances fitted to your teeth can seem a bit intimidating at times, and for some people, the idea of having something permanently attached to your teeth for a long time can seem undesirable. However, an ideal solution to this can be found with Invisalign treatment, where you have to wear removable sets of aligners instead. These are completely clear and are comfortable to wear as they are made of thin plastic and fit easily over your teeth.
You will need to wear several sets of aligners to achieve your desired smile, but how many sets you need in total and how long the treatment will take depends upon your individual circumstances and how much your teeth need to move. Each set of aligners must be worn for around two weeks and you will change these yourself at home. Your dental professional will have regular appointments with you throughout your treatment to make sure everything is working effectively and to give you your next set of aligners.
Take your aftercare seriously
After any straightening treatment, you will be required to wear a retainer to make sure that your teeth do not return to their original crooked positions. This retainer is custom-made to fit your teeth and you will need to wear it for a minimum of six months. Some people end up having to wear their retainer at night for several years and sometimes for the rest of their lives.
If you do not wear your retainer properly your teeth could move back into their old positions and you may need to undergo straightening treatment once again. This can be expensive and stressful for your teeth, so it is recommended that you wear your retainer as you should from day one.