When choosing between the many different options for teeth straightening available, it can seem like a bewildering choice. Different types of braces have different prices, different maintenance needs, different levels of visibility and different treatment times. These, at least, are the most important factors to take into consideration when choosing braces.
In Liverpool, braces assessment is designed to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision. Dr MJ Rowland-Warmann, the lead dentist at Smileworks, has spent many years working with braces and has successfully treated hundreds of patients.
If braces are the best solution for you, the dentist will suggest a treatment tailored to your needs – depending on whether you have crooked, crowded or misaligned teeth. Braces may consist of bands, wires and other fixed or removable corrective appliances. If you’re lost in a sea of information and need some help, here are a few different types of braces available today:
Traditional Metal Braces
Metal braces are made of small metal brackets connected by wires and fitted on the teeth to steadily modify and straighten them over a specific period of time. The length of time you will need to wear braces depends on the severity of the misalignment, but generally, braces need to be worn from between18 months to two years. Modern metal braces have come a long way since the ‘metal-mouth’ braces of previous decades – they are more lightweight and comfortable than ever.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Invisalign is a popular teeth straightening option for adults with crooked teeth who do not wish to have metal braces. The treatment consists of a series of transparent, nearly invisible, removable aligners which are custom-made for your teeth. Each aligner is replaced every two weeks as the teeth gradually move to the right position. Invisalign is a quick, easy and comfortable teeth straightening method that can adjust to your lifestyle and positively transform your smile.
The Inman aligner is a fast and simple teeth straightening method for the front teeth. It is an ideal choice for adult relapse and misalignment. It is a small removable appliance with two aligner bows that oppose each other, gently moving the teeth into their right position in as little as 6 -16 weeks.