An increasing number of adults are opting for teeth straightening treatments, and braces are no longer just for children and teenagers. This is partly because teeth can become crooked and misaligned as we age. Adult teeth straightening options can address a number of dental conditions, including crooked, overcrowded or protruding teeth, as well as underbites or overbites.
If these conditions are not addressed by a skilled dentist, such as the ones at Aura Dental in North West London, further problems like gum disease and jaw pain can develop. More importantly, crooked teeth can harm your self-confidence and have a negative impact on your social life.
Whereas kids are not that much into aesthetics, for adults, discretion and speed are major concerns. Successful adult braces have proven to either deliver their results as quickly or as subtly as possible. Today, many brands aim to combine both these goals through advanced and novel designs. Here are a few of them:
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles braces are fixed and consist of small tooth-coloured brackets and wires. They are fairly discreet and they are adjusted every four to five weeks until the end of the treatment. Compared to other types of fixed braces, Six Month Smiles is much faster and this is because it treats only your front teeth. This way, treatments time is radically reduced. Six Month Smiles braces are ideal for patients with minor or moderate teeth straightening issues, which affect their front teeth. Your dentist might require a different treatment for more serious problems.
Invisalign consists of a series of transparent, custom-made removable aligners that gradually move your teeth into their correct positions. Each set of aligners is individually made to fit your teeth, and you will be provided with a new one by your dentist every two weeks or so. The aligners are removable so you can take them out to eat and brush your teeth. However, Invisalign aligners require a commitment to wearing them at least 22 hours per day. Whereas Invisalign is ideal for patients with slightly crooked, misaligned or protruding teeth, it is not suitable for children, young teenagers or patients with severe types of misalignment.