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To be Pushed or Pulled in the Right Direction

Depending on every patient’s individual case, there are different models of braces in Liverpool that will be able to deliver the results that are being sought.  Some, more traditional methods make use of brackets and wires to pull teeth into the correct position.

These are generally used in complex cases and where the alignment of a person’s bite is not correct. Many dentists discover that a person’s bite is incorrect when they are young, so this is why teenagers are often seen with such apparatuses. These models give a dentist more control over how they are to manipulate the bone structures to bring about the best result for their patients.

It is advantageous in some ways to have teeth straightened at a young age because the bones are still immature enough to be easily manipulated into the correct position. Once a person reaches adulthood, the bones set and although it is not impossible, it can become a little harder.

In general, as a result, the same treatment may take slightly longer to complete as an adult as it would have, should they have had the treatment when they were young. Statistics however show that due to the dedication and behaviour of an adult compared to a youth with respect to how they wear and treat their teeth straightening devices, time factors can have little difference.

To combat resistance from younger wearers, some removable aligners have colour banded patches that indicate whether the aligner is being worn for long enough to be productive or not. It is important that both adults and teenagers are aware of the implications of not wearing their teeth straightening devices properly, or caring for them appropriately.

Removable aligners are generally used for less complex cases and push the teeth into the correct position gently over the course of several months up to a couple of years, depending on the severity of each case. They can be clear or near invisible, which gives the wearer more confidence to go about their daily lives without concern about their appearance as they smile.

Dentists have discovered that especially in adult wearers, it is important to their social and business lifestyle that their teeth straightening journey remain as discreet as possible. Many different forms of treatments have been developed to acknowledge this, and patients should also be aware that treatment times are becoming much faster than they were some years ago thanks to advancements in technology.

How do technological advances help?

Digital scanning has paved the way for a whole new kind of precise and exact treatment plan that was not able to be considered in the years prior to this. By using specialized software, dentists are able to create a very precise treatment plan which gives patients a comprehensive understanding of how the entire process is likely to pan out. They are also able to view a visual representation of what the next few months will do to their smile so that they can get excited about the anticipated future results.