If you dream of straightening your teeth but are put off by the prospect of wearing traditional metal braces, you may be interested in invisible orthodontics. Wanting orthodontic treatment but not wanting to wear “train-track” braces is a common conundrum for adults, who fear the impact that metal braces may have on their professional and social life may outweigh the benefits of teeth straightening treatment.
At King’s Dental Clinic we are keen to point out that straighter teeth are healthier teeth. Crooked and crowded teeth don’t only make people embarrassed to smile in public; they are also more difficult to clean effectively, increasing the chances of further dental problems such as decay or gum disease because food particles and bacteria can become trapped between the teeth. This increases the risk of plaque build-up.
To help patients who want to straighten their teeth discreetly, we offer invisible orthodontics at our Hammersmith and Southwark dental practices. Invisible orthodontics comprises a range of devices that can correct many orthodontic problems without anybody knowing you are having treatment.
As well as straightening your teeth and aligning your jaws in a way that is invisible to the untrained eye, many of these discreet orthodontic devices also have quicker treatment times than standard braces – meaning you could be showing off your new smile sooner than you think!
Some of the devices we use are removable, meaning you can take them out to eat and drink, to brush your teeth and to clean. This means that your diet won’t be restricted during treatment, and you won’t have to worry about struggling to brush around your braces.
Others apply the traditional principles of orthodontics, using brackets and wires to move your teeth gently into their new position, with one major difference – the brackets and wires are tooth-coloured or clear, meaning that they blend in to your smile.