Many adults and older teenagers who have never had braces as children feel like they are too old for teeth straightening, or do not wish to commit to 2 or more years of wearing unattractive metal braces. Luckily, dentistry has advanced significantly over the years and self-conscious patients can now choose from a variety of discreet, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing teeth straightening options.
However, before undertaking teeth straightening in Kent, it is really important to know all the essentials about the treatments available for adults. Discreet braces and removable aligners for adults are offered by many dental practices, including Staplehurst Dental Practice. An experienced dentist will examine the patient’s teeth and help them decide what the best option in their case is. Discreet braces are convenient not only because they are virtually invisible, but also because of their minimal interference in daily activities.
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles is an alternative to modern braces for patients who wish to straighten their teeth quickly and discreetly. The treatment employs tooth-coloured brackets and wires and is designed only for the front teeth. It is therefore not suitable for patients who wish to fix bite or jaw problems. Although Six Month Smiles are not entirely invisible, they are far more discreet than metal braces. As their name implies, the duration of the treatment is usually 6 months but this may change depending on the patient.
Invisalign is perhaps one of the most discreet teeth straightening treatments available. It consists of a series of transparent, removable, custom-made, plastic aligners, which are designed to move teeth to their correct position over a specific period of time. Invisalign aligners are made with the aid of 3D technology, allowing the dentist to carefully plan out exactly how their patients’ teeth will movement the progress of their patients over time. Invisalign aligners should be changed every two weeks or so, however, the number of total aligners required for the treatments depends on the severity of each individual case.
Unlike metal braces, Invisalign aligners can be taken out for eating or brushing and flossing but they have to be worn at least 22 hours per day for effective treatment. This way, patients can continue enjoying the foods they love while undergoing teeth straightening in Kent.