Some dentists specialise in certain fields of dentistry where they are able to gain a vast amount of skill and knowledge. They also have all the tools that are necessary to provide their patients with plenty of different options to choose between, when needing work done on their teeth.
Teeth straightening is one of those fields. Known as orthodontics in Weybridge, it is a vast and complex practice that is only growing in diversity and options. Not too many years ago, traditional braces, in the form of metal brackets and wires that were attached to teeth, were the only way in which the dentist was able to manipulate the positioning of teeth and the jaw.
This technique is still widely used for complex cases today, as it provides the dentist with the most control over the manipulation of the misalignment. However other styles of traditional braces are in use and do allow for dentists to keep a level of control.
Such styles as lingual braces, which are positioned at the back of the teeth rather than the front, are very popular in certain conditions and allow a patient an element of discretion when it comes to the procedure that they are undergoing. Many adults choose to have this model of braces as they can continue with their everyday business activities without feeling self-conscious about their professional appearance. Also those who play wind instruments find that they are able to adapt easier than if they wore traditional braces.
It should be said that all forms of teeth straightening devices have improved to a level where the time needed to use them has significantly decreased. It really depends on each individual situation regarding the length of time that is needed for the treatment, but many people find that their treatment lasts for around a year, however some can be completed in as little as 6 weeks.
There are multiple brands that offer differing advantages and disadvantages and it is the dentist’s duty to inform their patients about their options and to explain the positive and negative points of each one. Most dentists will recommend one or two options and allow their patient to make an informed decision about what is best suited to their lifestyle.
If a choice is available, it often comes down to whether a patient wants to have their teeth straightening device fixed or removable. A fixed device is glued either to the front or the back of the teeth for a predetermined amount of time and uses wires to pull teeth into the right position.
A removable device works more like a tray that pushes teeth into their correct alignment through a series of different trays spaced out a few weeks apart. Some other unobtrusive devices are like simple metal wires across teeth that can widen the palate for teeth to move.
Dentists are well aware of the self-esteem issues that arise during such procedures, for teenagers and adults alike, and therefore make clear and invisible options available, in order to make the journey to picture perfect teeth more relaxing and enjoyable.