Using removable appliances for straighter teeth

Did you know that braces are not the only option for patients who want to straighten their teeth? At King’s Dental Clinic in Southwark and Hammersmith we also offer treatment with removable appliances, which can be used to correct a wide selection of orthodontic conditions.

straighter teethRemovable orthodontic appliances come with a range of lifestyle and health benefits. They are made of clear plastic, which means that they are not immediately noticeable to anyone not “in the know”. This means you can straighten your teeth conveniently and discreetly.

Because you can take them out for short periods to clean, to brush your teeth and to eat and drink, removable appliances have minimal impact on your lifestyle. You should wear them most of the time (your dentist will advise you how many hours a day you should be wearing your device) but removing them briefly will not impact upon your treatment.

Being able to take them out to clean also helps to avoid the difficulties some patients with conventional braces have around dental hygiene. Braces can be tricky to clean around, although your hygienist can provide useful tips and recommend the best techniques and special equipment to clean around your braces. With removable devices you can simply take them out to brush your teeth, helping to keep plaque at bay.

Often, removable orthodontic appliances can move your teeth more quickly and comfortably than traditional braces, too. Your treatment time and your best treatment options will depend on the type and amount of correction needed, and will be discussed by your dentist at your initial consultation.

Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is just one of the popular removable orthodontic devices available at King’s Dental Clinic. It uses a lingual coil sprint to put pressure on the back of the teeth and a bar across the front of the teeth to reverse the same pressure. These components work in unison to squeeze the teeth together.

Treatment times will vary, but results can be seen in as little as eight weeks.

Using invisible braces for straighter teeth

Many adults would like straighter teeth, but are put off by the thought of wearing conventional train-track style braces. Braces remain the best and most predictable way to straighten teeth, but at King’s Dental Clinic we understand that traditional braces may not be compatible with busy personal and professional lives. That’s why we offer a number of treatments using invisible braces.

invisible bracesAs if being invisible to the untrained eye wasn’t enough, these types of braces also often have much-reduced treatment times (depending on the type and amount of correction required in each individual case).

Among our most popular invisible brace options at our Hammersmith and Southwark dental practices are Six Month Smiles. These can correct a wide range of cosmetic orthodontic problems and, as the name suggests, they have an average treatment time of just six months. As well as meaning you will only have to wear your braces for a short period, this type of treatment can be better for your overall oral health because braces can be difficult to clean around, requiring regular visits to the hygienist.

Six Month Smiles use clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires, meaning they are very discreet and will not be immediately noticeable.

As well as Six Month Smiles, we offer a number of removable devices to straighten teeth, also known as clear aligners. These devices are made to fit your teeth precisely, and can be used to correct a wide range of orthodontic problems.

Removable aligners have minimal impact on your lifestyle, because you can take them out to eat and drink, to brush your teeth and to clean, helping you to maintain good dental hygiene for the duration of treatment.

Among the aligners we offer at King’s Dental Clinic is the Inman Aligner, which is a single device that can correct mild to moderate issues with alignment, crowding and rotation of the teeth quickly and safely. Other clear brace systems comprise a system of aligners that you change every two weeks or so as your teeth move.