Ways to go with braces in Watford

woman wearing bracesIt is not unusual to have a tooth or two slightly out of place. Perhaps they stick out, or stick in. They may be slightly twisted, or have not quite descended. Wonky teeth may be no big deal to the onlooker, but their owners can often find them pretty embarrassing, even depressing, especially these days when it seems everyone on TV has perfect teeth. It’s hard not to translate that into one’s own life, which, when people work in public-facing jobs, can become a point of self-consciousness. Fortunately, there are many systems of braces in Watford that offer great benefits for straightening teeth.

These days, most dentists offer one or two ways to straighten teeth. But with so many different systems of braces in Watford, it’s important to find a reputable dentist, such as Cassiobury Dental.

Each braces system offers something different. Let’s take a look at a few:

Fixed braces

So called because the brackets and wires are fixed onto the fronts of the teeth. The brackets are fixed at carefully calculated angles and the wires are stretched and tightened through them. This creates the force that pulls the teeth into alignment. Treatment times vary from a few months for cosmetic changes, to a couple of years or more for serious bite correction issues. For milder misalignments, the brackets are smaller and made of clear ceramic and the wires are tooth-coloured.

Lingual braces

Brackets and wires again, but this time fixed to the tongue side of the teeth. Lingual braces are often made of gold alloy and each bracket is custom-made for each tooth. They are completely hidden from view and can be used for all misalignments, no matter how severe or complex.

Clear aligners

Not really even braces. In Watford and elsewhere clear aligners are a series of 3D printed mouth guard-style trays. Patients work their way through the set, wearing each aligner for week to 10 days, which gradually nudges their teeth into alignment. Aligners are removable for eating and teeth cleaning.

Front teeth aligner

A single removable appliance that works on the front teeth only. It uses spring-loaded metal bows, or sandwiches of clear plastic to align the teeth.