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Brace Yourself Part 2 17-08-2017

Whilst orthodontic treatment may, in years gone past, have been associated with teenagers sporting brightly coloured ‘train track’ braces, things have changed. Recent years have seen increasing numbers of adults investigating their options for corrective treatment, and enlisting the support of an orthodontist to correct their smile. In today’s article, we consider some of the possible benefits of this type of treatment, and outline some of the popular options.

There are many potential ways in which adult orthodontic patients have noticed that they have benefited from their treatment. The most well-known, and perhaps obvious, improvement is the correction of teeth that are misaligned. However, other potential benefits may relate to a resolution of jaw or TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) pain, a reduction in sleep apnea and teeth grinding, and an improvement to speech impediments that may be present. And as well as the physical improvements, many adults who have undertaken corrective work have expressed an improvement in their self-esteem due to healthier teeth and gums, and facial structures. Therefore, as well as physical improvements, orthodontic treatment could also lead to an improvement in mental health as well.

If the idea of orthodontic treatment is beginning to sound more of interest, you’ll be keen to know more about what some of the potential options are. When we talk about ‘braces’, you may automatically think of the ‘train track’ constructions of old. However, the actual options available vary hugely. There are several categories: fixed appliances (which remain in your mouth at all times throughout treatment), removable appliances (worn at specific times, removed at others), retainers and functional appliances.

Traditional ‘train track’ style braces are conventional braces which are a type of fixed appliance. However, there are several alternatives to this type of appliance which are a lot more discrete – and very effective. For example, the 3M Clarity Ceramic braces are highly effective, and as strong as their metal counterparts. These braces don’t have elastic ligatures, and because they are translucent are hard to detect. Many adults favour this type of brace as it is inconspicuous but highly effective. Incognito Invisible braces are also hard to spot, and are reported to be very comfortable for the wearer. These braces are actually attached to the back of your teeth, with bespoke wires and brackets in place to target specific areas of difficulty.

A popular removable appliance is the Inman Aligner. These braces do not feature metal brackets or wires and are straightforward and simple to remove at meal times. These braces are favoured by patients who need the flexibility to be able to remove their brace, whilst still working on the appearance and alignment of their teeth, and the function of their bite.

Aside from the appliances detailed above, there are further options and ways in which your orthodontist can support you with the alignment of your teeth. Braces these days are flexible and can be highly discreet whilst still being very effective.

If you’re interested in finding out more about how orthodontics might work for you, the best place to start is by contacting Ock Street to book a consultation. After an examination of your teeth and a discussion about your wishes and preferences, your personalised treatment options will be presented for your consideration, with more information about what you can expect. So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch today and you could be taking your first step towards perfecting your smile.

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