The Braces Question

Different photos of people with braces

Different photos of people with bracesAdults who are thinking about getting their teeth straightened probably do not need major bite correction, otherwise they would have qualified for braces in Essex on the NHS as a teenager. People are beginning to realise that there are many benefits to having braces, even if they are simply to have wonky teeth aligned.

The increase in popularity among adults is because of the introduction of new materials and techniques that have led to smaller and more discreet braces, and even entirely new methods. There are various systems of braces in Essex on offer from reputable dentists such as Simply Teeth. Let’s take a look at a few.

Six Month Smiles

Using clear ceramic brackets and tooth-coloured wires, Six Month Smiles quickly corrects mild misalignments among the front six ‘social’ teeth.

Invisalign clear aligners

Very thin, clear, acrylic aligners that resemble mouth guards. Patients wear a series of 12-48 aligners, each one pressing the teeth a tiny step along the way to alignment. Removable for easier cleaning, Invisalign aligners are almost impossible to see. They must be worn for at least 22 hours a day, and kept in their case when not being worn to avoid loss or breakage.

Inman Aligner

This aligner features springs and coils to move the front teeth with gently opposing forces. Super-quick treatment times of 6 — 18 weeks.

CFast braces

Another brand of fixed braces using tooth-coloured brackets and wires. It’s for use on the front teeth, but can also level and round out the arches.

So there is a wide choice of braces these days. Patients who want to find out which one is best for their issues need to make an appointment for a consultation with their dentist. Some systems offer free consultations, and some include free teeth whitening at the end of treatment.

Most systems also include the need to wear a retainer at the end of treatment to hold the teeth in place until they settle in properly, which takes about a year.

Braces in Essex can be quite an investment for some people, which is why many dentists offer payment plans to help spread the cost of treatment into monthly payments.