Do I need orthodontic treatment?
If your teeth are crooked, crowded, gappy or misaligned, then you may be in need of orthodontic treatment to set them straight. Teeth that are aligned properly are healthier as they are easier to clean, reducing the risk of plaque build-up and the chances of dental diseases, such as gum disease and tooth decay.
There are many options when considering orthodontic treatment, including traditional metal braces, clear braces or removable appliances. It all depends on the kind of orthodontics your teeth are in need of. Dentists such as at Harley Street Dental Clinic in Harley Street offer a wealth of orthodontic treatments to meet every patient’s requirements. Your treatment will based on the severity of your case, as well as your expectations, cost, and lifestyle considerations.
Braces for a misaligned bite
Braces correct a bad bite, which is called a malocclusion. This can include a crossbite, open bites and other bite issues. Sometimes though your teeth may appear to be straight, your jaw may be improperly aligned. You may not even notice it, but your dentist will be able to.
Jaw or tooth alignment problems can happen for a lot of different reasons. Sometimes they are inherited, caused by an injury, or because baby teeth were lost too soon or too late. It can even be caused by sucking your thumb.
Do I have to have metal braces?
Not all braces brackets have to be metal. If you want your braces to be less obvious, clear braces could be suitable for you. Clear braces function in the same way as traditional braces, but the brackets are made with translucent materials and the wires are tooth-coloured.
One of the most discreet orthodontic treatments available is Invisalign. This involves the use of a clear set of removable trays that are custom-made to fit your teeth. Each new set of aligners applies a slight adjustment to your teeth. Invisalign aligners are comfortable because they’re made using a smooth acrylic material, designed to fit snugly over your teeth. Asthey are removable, you can take them out while eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. This makes sure that maintaining good oral health habits is as simple as possible during your treatment.