Braces for Adults – What Are Our Options?
In a quest for THAT perfect smile, more and more adults in the UK are turning towards braces than ever before. However if like many 30+ year olds, the first thing you think of when someone says braces, is a ‘train track’ you might be put off by the prospect of teeth straightening treatments in your later years!
Train Track Braces
Train tracks braces are still widely available at most dentists throughout the UK, but the good news is that although these more traditional fixed braces (we’ll refer to them as their actual name from here on in!) are not the only option available to patients (regardless of age), who are looking to consider teeth straightening treatment.
Over the past 10+ years advancements in dentistry has come on leaps and bounds. There are now more alternative teeth straightening treatments available than ever before. And many of which in fact take a fraction of the time to see results, and are a fraction of the cost, of the more traditional fixed braces treatment.
The first alternative treatment, and one that has taken the market by storm in recent years is Fastbraces®. The technology behind Fastbraces® typically works with just one orthodontic wire from start to finish, whereas traditional braces usually require a series of wires and tightening procedures.
The fundamental difference between conventional brace systems and Fastbraces® is the staggered tooth movement. Traditional braces tend to move teeth in two stages; initially moving the crown, and secondly moving the root of the teeth.
Fastbraces® patients are able to achieve their perfect smile in around half the time that it would take traditional brace systems – on average it takes anywhere between three months to a year to move teeth into the desired position!
A revolutionary alternative to both Fastbraces® is the Invisalign® clear braces treatment. As the name suggests Invisalign® braces allow patients to gain the straight smile they have always wanted without any brackets or wiring in sight. No longer does wearing braces leave patients feeling self-conscious about smiling!
Plus unlike their metal counterparts, Invisalign® braces are completely removable. These remarkable invisible braces can be taken out when you are eating, flossing or brushing your teeth. The removable aligners ensure that the health of your gums and the teeth are maintained throughout the treatment plan.
The final alternative treatment to consider is the Inman Aligner. Used to treat the more minor orthodontic issues, the Inman Aligner is very discreet on the eye with the only visible sign being a fine wire which runs across the front of the teeth, working in a similar way to that of a dental retainer. And the best thing is.. The Inman Aligner takes only two fifteen minute appointments to be fitted!
So there you have it – a complete list of alternative teeth straitening treatments, and all without a train track in sight!
All treatments we’ve discussed are readily available at Aesthetika Dental – you can find more information about the teeth straightening treatments, and what to expect during their individual treatment plans on our orthodontics page.
We offer FREE CONSULTATIONS on all our treatments plans so if you’d like to arrange your free consultation for any of our treatments, or speak to one of our oral health experts to discuss your best options please use our handy online booking form here.