Many adults want their teeth straightened but feel uncomfortable at the thought of wearing conventional metal braces. Healthy teeth can be straightened at any age, so there’s no such thing as being too old for braces. However, orthodontic treatment for adults is different because the jaw has fully developed.
While traditional metal braces are sometimes used for adults, adult patients typically choose more discreet, convenient teeth straightening treatments. Options include discreet, translucent braces, Invisalign clear aligners, or lingual braces, which are fixed behind the teeth. All these treatments are offered by a well-trained orthodontist in Milton Keynes and are available in many dental practices, including Northlight Dental.
Clarity braces offer a unique combination of strength and aesthetics. This teeth straightening system consists of fixed braces with small and translucent brackets that blend in with the rest of the teeth for a natural look. This way patients can smile with confidence while they are in treatment – not just when their braces come off.
Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment that uses removable aligners instead of fixed brackets and wires. The treatment consists of a series of transparent, custom-made aligners that fit comfortably over the teeth. These braces are made with the aid of 3D technology to allow the orthodontist in Milton Keynes to monitor the progress of the patient over time. Each set of aligners should be worn for a few weeks (usually two) before moving to the next one. This procedure is ongoing until all of the aligners have been used and the teeth have reached their final position. Invisalign aligners are easy to clean because they are removable and patients can take them out to eat and brush their teeth. However, they must be worn at least 22 hours per day for maximum effectiveness.
Lingual braces use similar wires and brackets to traditional fixed braces, but are attached to the back of the teeth. An orthodontist in Milton Keynes will position the braces in such a way to ensure that they remain completely unnoticed during the treatment process. Just like Invisalign, lingual braces are custom-made to suit each patient’s needs.