While the most obvious benefit of having orthodontic treatment is to achieve straighter teeth and a more beautiful smile, there are many other less apparent advantages of orthodontics. Crooked teeth are difficult to clean and maintain and may lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Misaligned teeth, on the other hand, may also cause misalignment of the jaw leading to abnormal wear of the tooth surfaces.
However, despite the potential benefits of a better smile, many people do not want to wear metal braces due to aesthetic and social concerns. Many people want to straighten their teeth comfortably and discreetly, without anyone even knowing. Luckily, modern dentistry has come a long way and a number of discreet orthodontic treatments are now available at many dental practices, including Harley Dental Clinic in Harley Street.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment designed to straighten teeth in the most discreet way possible. Instead of fixed brackets and wires, Invisalign employs a series of invisible aligners to gently move teeth into their correct position over a specific period of time. Invisalign aligners are made of smooth, high-quality plastic and are custom-made to fit snugly over the teeth and gums. While being worn, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible.
Invisalign aligners have to be worn at least two weeks, before switching to the next one in the set. Each new aligner brings the teeth a step closer to their desired positions. The aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours per day in order to be entirely effective. They can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing, they should always be in at all other times.
Unlike metal braces, lingual braces are made of fixed brackets and wires, which are attached to the inside of the teeth. Their position on the inner surface of the mouth makes them practically invisible. Lingual braces are customised to the patient’s mouth, which helps make them effective and less intrusive. They work just like metal braces, slowly moving the teeth into position over a period of time.
Once fitted, lingual braces can treat various bite problems, tooth gaps, crowded smiles and much more, discreetly and efficiently.