One of the biggest bug-bears for prospective orthodontic patients is the visibility of braces and the fact that they are not exactly the most attractive accessory. In the past, braces were designed purely for function, to straighten the teeth with the long-term goal of improving the bite and the look of the smile. Nowadays, treatments are designed for aesthetics and comfort, as well as results and modern treatments are much more discreet than in previous decades.
What are my options?
There are a host of treatments available to orthodontic patients today and you will have a choice of treatments, regardless of your orthodontic prescription. Some treatments are designed for minor or moderate issues, while others are suited to patients with more complex prescriptions; there are also other factors to take into consideration, including the cost of treatment, treatment time and your individual preferences. Your dentist will discuss your options once you they have examined your mouth thoroughly and had a chat with you about your treatment aims, your preferences and your budget.
You can get an array of discreet straightening treatments, including Invisalign, one of the most popular treatments in the world. In the UK we have some of the best Invisalign dentists in the UK and we have helped hundreds of patients to smile with confidence.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an invisible aligner system, which uses a series of custom-made, removable aligners to guide the teeth into position. The aligners are made from very thin, light clear plastic, which makes them very comfortable and almost invisible to other people. The aligners are worn for 2 weeks and then replaced with the next in the series until the teeth are beautifully straight; they should be taken out to eat, drink and brush the teeth. Invisalign is a great choice for anyone who wants straighter teeth and better tooth alignment without the hassle or worry of wearing unsightly metal braces.
Other popular options
Other popular options for patients looking for a discreet orthodontic solution include Clearstep and Simpl5, which are very similar to Invisalign and lingual braces. Lingual braces are fixed to the backs of the teeth, rather than the front, meaning that they are completely invisible when you smile; popular lingual brace systems include Incognito and STb Social 6.