Have you always wanted to straighten your teeth but haven’t had the chance to yet? Perhaps you felt you needed orthodontic treatment as a child but was told by your dentist that your teeth were fine and didn’t need braces. Or maybe you are unhappy with your teeth and would like to correct your dental imperfections.
If you can relate to any of the above, and you are based in Glasgow, you may want to consider booking a consultation at your local dental practice, where an experienced dentist will be able to assess your teeth and advise on the most suitable orthodontic treatment for your current dental concerns.
A brief about orthodontics
Orthodontics is the area of dentistry that focuses on improving the appearance of teeth using braces. When we speak of braces, one of the most well known types of braces which have been used for many years to help individuals achieve straighter teeth and a better smile are traditional metal braces.
An effective teeth straightening system, traditional metal braces consist of metal brackets (that are stuck onto the surface of the teeth) and a thin metal wire that is fastened to each bracket. This wire is tightened throughout the treatment which helps to shift the teeth into the desired position.
A popular choice for children and teenagers, traditional metal braces are very effective in moving teeth and correcting dental imperfections such as closing gaps in between teeth, correcting a misaligned bite, and straightening teeth that are either crooked or crowded.
Traditional metal braces are a very visible teeth straightening system, and some individuals may not be comfortable with the idea of others knowing that they are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Thanks to modem technology, there are now more discreet orthodontic options for adults in particular who want to straighten their teeth.
Orthodontics for adults
There are many reasons why individuals want to have orthodontic treatment as an adult. Whether they had orthodontic treatment when they were younger but didn’t continue wearing their retainers following the treatment, or they may simply just want to improve their smile.
Today, orthodontic treatment comes in many different shapes and materials, so if you are looking for a more discreet orthodontic treatment, you may want to consider Invisalign in Glasgow.
Invisalign in Glasgow uses clear aligners that are custom made to fit your teeth to help slowly shift the position of your teeth. Using 3D technology, this orthodontic treatment is a popular teeth straightening option for adults as the aligners used are clear and removable, making them more discreet when compared with traditional metal braces.
In order to determine whether the treatment is suitable for you, you will firstly have a case assessment. Following this x rays will be taken along with photos and with either a digital scan or impression of your teeth which will be used to create your aligners. You will be provided with a treatment plan along with a 3D video which will show you how your teeth will look during and following the treatment.
Once you have received your aligners, you will be required to wear them for 22 hours a day and change each aligner every one to two weeks (depending on advice from your dentist). At the end of your treatment you will be given retainers to maintain your new smile.