Orthodontic patients used to have a limited range of options that basically included various forms of fixed metal brace. Now, however, there are many different treatment options available and patients can choose from a host of innovative solutions to have their teeth straightened quickly and painlessly.
Traditional fixed systems are still popular and have moved on from the bulky, ugly things we all hate to light, discreetly-coloured braces that are suitable for patients of all ages. More to the point, fixed braces remain popular because they are suitable for patients with complex orthodontic needs and are widely available.
Though the choices available to modern patients are vast, there are several factors that are likely to determine the type of brace you can have, including:
- Orthodontic prescription
- Preferences; for example, if you want an invisible brace
In addition to new, streamlined fixed systems patients can also choose from invisible aligners, lingual braces, removable braces and even systems that work in a matter of weeks—rather than months or years.
One of the most impressive new treatments is the Inman Aligner. This is a removable orthodontic appliance that works in just 10-16 weeks. The aligner works due to forces generated by a coiled spring and a metal bar that squeeze the teeth into position. Treatment times are amazingly short and pain is kept to a minimum thanks to the friction-free technology. The system is suitable for individuals with minor teeth straightening issues relating to the front teeth, such as:
- Minor crowding
- Gap between the front teeth
- Overjet (protruding front teeth)
Invisalign and Clearstep
Invisalign and Clearstep are invisible aligner systems that align teeth without anyone being able to notice them. The aligners are custom-made for the patient, removable to allow you to eat and drink without any issues and you can clean your teeth with ease. They are also extremely comfortable as there are no metal bands nor any need for painful adjustments.
Damon is a new take on fixed braces. It uses cutting-edge technology to move the teeth quickly and painlessly. Damon braces are suitable for complex cases as they can achieve a lot of movement. They are also discreet and light.
Lingual braces are becoming a popular option for adult patients because they are invisible to other people. It is similar to fixed systems but will be attached to the back of the teeth, rather than the front, so you cannot see them when you smile. Popular lingual brace systems include Incognito and STb Social 6.
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles is a system designed to correct problems with the front teeth; the treatment works so quickly because it focuses only on the teeth that are visible when you smile. Six Month Smiles is ideal for patients who are preparing for a special event and those who want results quickly.
Modern dental patients have a huge amount of choice and there are solutions available for every possible orthodontic problem, from minor flaws to complex needs.
You can learn more about the latest orthodontic treatments at www.braces.org.uk and how to cope during treatment.