Picture a winning smile and a straight set of teeth comes to mind. Achieving this often means undergoing treatment with braces. In Leeds and elsewhere across the UK, braces are often associated with metal-mouthed teenagers. However dental technologies have come on in leaps and bounds over the years, making braces more discreet and comfortable than ever before.
Enhancedental is one of many practices that provide a range of braces in Leeds for adults and children alike. Each comes with pros and cons that an experienced dentist can explain to find the best fit for each patient.
Beyond the train tracks
Traditional fixed metal braces in Leeds provide a cost-effective means to straighten out crooked, crowded or spaced out teeth. However sporting the train track look is not something most patients are keen on. The daily grind of cleaning food debris that gets lodged in these braces is another reason that puts off many patients from seeking treatment. Today there are alternatives for those with mild to moderate misalignments; two popular examples being Invisalign and the Inman aligner.
A clear solution with Invisalign
Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear, plastic moulds that fit snugly over the teeth. Each aligner gradually nudges the teeth into position and is worn for about two weeks before the next in the series is swapped in. As well as being transparent, Invisalign treatment benefits from being removable, making mealtimes and teeth brushing easier. However, to be effective these clear aligners must be worn for at least 20–22 hours a day.
The Inman aligner
For speedy treatment of just the front teeth, there is the Inman aligner. Two spring-loaded bows push the teeth into position over the course of 6–18 weeks. As with Invisalign treatment, the Inman aligner is removable but requires discipline, with reliable results only possible if the aligner is worn for at least 16–20 hours a day.
Once the braces are off
In most cases, teeth straightening treatment does not end once the braces come off. Patients will often need to wear a retainer, which can be removable or fixed to the backs of the teeth.