More adults are now taking control of the appearance of their smile with braces.
Braces used to be the purview of teenagers. When many people think of braces, they associate them with an awkward look, and perhaps even discomfort. The modern reality is quite different. There are a number of excellent alternatives to traditional braces that have led to the popularisation of the term ‘invisible braces’. This article explores the different styles to which this tempting moniker is usually applied, so that patients can make informed choices about their teeth straightening treatment. Many dental practices, like Staplehurst Dental, are offering more than one form of invisible braces in Kent.
Two of the leading brands are Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. They both offer great benefits in terms of comfort and style, but they are quite different from one another.
Invisalign braces in Kent explored
Invisalign offer patients a series of aligners to move their teeth from one position to another over time. These are created using images and data gathered by the patient’s local dentist. Each set is custom-made and returned to the dentist so that they can give them to the patient alongside detailed care instructions and support.
The aligners are made from clear, BPA-free plastic. This renders them practically invisible once they are fitted over the top of the teeth. They are also smooth on the outside so that they sit comfortably against the inside of the cheek. Patients are required to wear their aligners for upwards of 22 hours per day to ensure that they work. This means they are worn overnight and at all other times except during meals.
Six Month Smiles explored
Like traditional braces, Six Month Smiles are fixed to the teeth. This is great for people who do not think they have the discipline to do what is required to use removable braces. Unlike traditional braces, Six Month Smiles fixtures are clear and tooth-coloured, so that they blend in with the teeth. This minimises the impact that the braces have on a patient’s appearance. The treatment time for Six Month Smiles is typically shorter than with standard treatments. This is because they focus on the teeth that are visible when a patient smiles.