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What Is a Cosmetic Brace and When Is It Used?

We are seeing an increasing number of adults looking to straighten their crooked teeth in Ladbroke Grove and quite often only limited treatment may be needed to help bring the teeth back into the correct alignment. Sometimes people will have had orthodontic treatment as a child but have failed to wear their retainers and have had what is called an orthodontic relapse where the teeth begin to move slightly towards their original positions. Other people simply never had braces as a child and have always had a slightly wonky smile.

cosmetic-bracesWhen Is It Possible to Have a Cosmetic Brace?

Where only minor orthodontic corrections are needed then we may be able to use what is called a cosmetic brace. This is ideal for people who do not have any significant problems with their bite and where generally only the front teeth need straightening. With a cosmetic brace it will concentrate on only straightening the teeth that are visible when you smile.

What Are the Advantages in Choosing a Cosmetic Brace?

There are several advantages to choosing this option as often treatment is relatively quick and this is reflected in the overall price of treatment. It can also be a healthier and more conservative option than choosing to straighten up these teeth with another treatment such as porcelain veneers and where we may have to remove some tooth structure. Whenever possible, our dentist in Ladbroke Grove prefers to leave healthy teeth fully intact and a cosmetic brace can help achieve this.

Are Cosmetic Braces Fixed or Removable?

Our Ladbroke Grove dentist is able to offer fixed and removable cosmetic braces and both options can achieve extremely good results. With our fixed braces, we use clear brackets that are cemented onto your teeth and which are attached to very thin tooth coloured wires with a system called Six Months Smiles. The whole effect is barely visible and is very effective. This particular brace uses very low forces to comfortably and quickly move your teeth, with most people completing treatment within just six months. Wearing a fixed brace can produce extremely precise results and it is working continuously to straighten your teeth.

Our removable cosmetic brace is called the Inman Aligner and is powered by nickel titanium coil springs that are attached to two aligner bows made from very thin metal wires. One of the aligner bows will go inside your front teeth while the other aligner bow is outside your front teeth. The nickel titanium coil springs create a squeezing action to gently realign your teeth. You will be able to take the brace out for cleaning and treatment can sometimes be completed in just a few months, and again this can be a very affordable choice.

Finding out More about Treatment

If you are interested in options for teeth straightening in Ladbroke Grove then it’s best to make an appointment with our dentist to find out more about all the different choices available to you. An initial examination will help our dentist determine the problems that need correction and we can chat to you about all the different types of braces and their pros and cons.

Just call Ladbroke Grove Dental Care today to book your consultation on 020 7727 9836.

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