The thing with wonky teeth is not only that they look unattractive, but they also provide lots of nooks and crannies for the teeth’s archenemy, bacterial plaque, to hide out and multiply. And when plaque has little plaque babies, and gives off acid, it’s not long before tooth decay, gum disease, or both, set in. This is why dentists encourage everyone to get rid of their wonky teeth, with braces in Watford. One of the great benefits of braces is that they help people hang on to their teeth for longer.
There are more kinds of braces than ever before. In fact, there has been a veritable explosion in braces over the last couple of decades. Now there is a braces system to suit everyone, taking into account budget, lifestyle and alignment issues. Braces in Watford are available from various dentists including Cassiobury Dental Practice.
A range of options
Depending on what the alignment issues are, treatment could take as little as six weeks. This particularly short treatment is for the front teeth only, and uses a device called the Inman Aligner. This all-in-one device acts as a retainer as well as braces.
Another great device is called Six Month Smiles. It is a much smaller version of the traditional bracket and wire brace. As it is concerned only with moving the front six social teeth, which have fewer roots, Six Month Smiles braces use much gentler pressure and therefore the brackets are smaller and can be made of clear ceramic, while the wire is tooth-coloured. This discreet brace blends in with the teeth, rather than dominating them.
Another device, called Invisalign, uses clear plastic aligner trays that snap on over the teeth to become virtually invisible. These are about as invisible as braces get. Another great thing about this treatment is that the aligners are removable, making eating and teeth cleaning as easy as ever.
When the teeth have been straightened, most patients will have to wear a retainer, either at night or bonded to the backs of their teeth, to keep them in place. Teeth wandering is an issue, so patients are better to opt for a bonded retainer if they think they may not remember to wear one at night.