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Choosing Between Different Types of Braces


InvisalignWhen 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.

Inman Aligner

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.

Yes, Your Implants Need Care and Attention, Too

Dental ImplantsDental implants have long proven to be great alternatives to traditional dentures, with far greater advantages in stability and longevity. With their advanced technology, they can function like your natural teeth, and may be stronger than any other type of permanent placement.

First off, an implant is not the visible artificial tooth. It is an artificial tooth root, usually made of titanium that the dentist screws into your jawbone, Bow House a Centre of Dental Excellence explains.

While they are relatively more stable, implants are no different from natural teeth and roots. Even more so, they demand attention and care, to prevent complications.

Fortunately, there is nothing proper oral hygiene, a healthy lifestyle and regular dental appointments cannot fix.

Brushing and Flossing

Implants must be kept clean and maintained regularly, just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss them at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush. As much as possible and necessary, clean all corners and areas gently and thoroughly.

Diet and Lifestyle

A healthy diet will keep your implants in a healthy condition. Avoid too-cold and too-hot food and beverages. If you smoke and drink regularly, now would be the perfect time to quit.

If you play sports regularly, wearing a mouth guard is a good way to safeguard your implants from potential injury. Leaving it on in your sleep may also prevent habits such as teeth grinding from damaging your implants.

Dental Visits and Cleaning

Visiting the dentist regularly is crucial. If you notice any inflammation or any implant deterioration, see your dentist immediately. These problems may be resolved, but if they are not identified, they may advance and lead to bone loss, which is permanent. Your dentist aims to maintain or improve the condition of your implants by performing a thorough check-up and delivering the necessary intervention should there be any problem.

Caring of your implants is important for long-term success. With proper home and professional care, your new teeth can last and serve you for life.