Thinking about enjoying straight teeth?

Want straight teeth? Whether a patient is a working adult, a teenager or somewhere in between, it can feel like an overwhelming decision when choosing the design of the device that they should use.

It’s great that there are so many choices available now and rest assured a dentist will give their patient the information that they need on every model, so that together they can weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of each option, to make an informed decision that is best for their patient’s particular situation.

Many factors do come into play when deciding what teeth straightening device to use. Braces should work correctly for each unique situation, providing the wearer with the best possible results. Patients would like the treatment to be affordable, to work quickly and to offer lasting results.

People often wish for their device to be discreet as well. Adults and teenagers alike may feel uncomfortable wearing traditional metal braces, so thankfully, there are clear braces Sydney that can keep them smiling throughout their teeth straightening journey.

How does this treatment work compared to traditional braces?

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Traditionally, this treatment can come in the form of removable, clear plastic trays. One brand of these devices is more commonly known as Invisalign.

When an individual places them over their teeth, people around cannot really see them worn and although it is reported that wearers may feel like the aligners impede their speech, the tongue quickly becomes used to the additional thickness and they can speak properly after a few days or weeks.

The wearer must remove the device when they wish to eat, as it is not possible to bite or chew correctly with them on. This is advantageous in the way that those with this style of teeth straightener do not need to conform to any strict rules about what they can eat whilst they are worn. However, because they need to be worn for a minimum of 20 hours a day and the wearer must brush their teeth before replacing them, they can restrict the amount of time someone will spend eating.

For a year or two, this is a small price to pay for enjoying healthier, more attractive teeth for life. It may be possible to feel healthier by snacking less as well. A potential positive side effect of wearing removable aligners.

These aligners differ from traditional fixed devices in the way that they move the teeth into their correct position. Traditional fixed devices pull teeth by the use of brackets and progressively tightening wires. Removable trays on the other hand push teeth into their correct alignment by gently and gradually moving teeth, as each new tray is moulded into a new shape that has been precisely defined as a new, positive position for teeth to be in.

Both treatments often take the same amount of time, however, if dentists are dealing with a purely cosmetic situation, removable aligners can be a more streamlined option.

It is important to note that a retainer must be worn after the treatment has finished, giving teeth and the ligaments holding the teeth in position time to relax. Otherwise, they may simply snap back into their previous position, as is common for teeth that are quickly moved into alignment.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second

opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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