14 Nov Which Orthodontic Treatment to Choose?
Choosing which orthodontic treatment to have can be daunting. We have put together some of the choices available at Twenty Twenty Dental in order that you can make an informed decision on which teeth straightening treatment to take.
Orthodontic treatment is used to improve the appearance and alignment of crooked teeth and to correct problems with the bite.
Benefits of orthodontic treatment:
- Correction and improvement of the appearance of crowded teeth.
- Correction of the bite.
- To reduce potential damage to prominent teeth.
Orthodontic treatment can only be carried out when the teeth and gums are healthy and there is a good standard of oral hygiene.
Types of orthodontic treatment:
- Fixed braces: these are fixed to the teeth by brackets that are bonded to the teeth enamel. Fixed braces can be used to rotate and bodily move teeth.
- Removable braces: these are plastic removeable appliances with wires or springs and can only provide limited tooth movements.
- Clear aligners: These are also referred to as invisible aligners that are a removeable alternative to fixed braces. (e.g. Invisalign). There are many brands of aligners now available.
Aligners are custom made for every patient and each aligner moves the teeth in small increments over a 2-week period, after which a new aligner is worn. The number of aligners needed depends on how much tooth movement is required.
Clear Aligners can fix the following problems:
- Crowded teeth
- Diastemas (gaps between the teeth)
What is involved in aligner treatment?
- The first appointment will be a consultation including to find out what the patient concerns are and what outcome they want from treatment. A thorough examination of the teeth is carried out and photographs and X-rays may be taken. A digital scan or impressions of the teeth may also be taken.
- After this appointment, a review is arranged to discuss the proposed treatment plan. A customised treatment plan is created using 3D technology to show the expected result, and an estimate is given for the treatment.
- If the patient wishes to go ahead with treatment, a digital scan or impressions are taken of the teeth and sent to the aligner manufacturer. The first aligners are fitted and must be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day. Treatment can take from 3 to 24 months to complete.
When treatment is complete a retainer must be worn for at least 12 months to prevent teeth from moving.
Aligners may not be suitable for patients with severe misalignment or crowding.
If you wish to make an appointment or talk to our team about the process of a teeth straightening, please call 01722 346501 for a chat or to book your orthodontic consultation at Salisbury dentists Twenty Twenty Dental.