Clearly Straight Teeth

Dentist assists in putting on the clear bracesClearly, it’s better to have teeth that line up well than teeth that are twisted, leaning or crossing over each other, let alone teeth that didn’t descend properly in the first place. The problem is that many adults would rather stick with the devil they know than spend time in ugly metal braces that remind them of the awkwardness of nerdy adolescence. It’s not just the braces wearer who is reminded but those around them, and that’s not such a great thing when people need to come across as effective and on the ball at work.

Fortunately, in Clapham, clear braces can solve this problem, allowing people with wonky teeth to get them properly aligned but without having to go through months of looking like a schoolkid in adult’s clothing. Such devices are available from various dentists in the area, including Clapham South Dental Centre.

Clear braces come in a couple of basic designs. There are those that are fixed to the teeth and those that are removable. Let’s take a look at both now:

Fixed clear braces in Clapham

Fixed braces are cemented onto the front of the teeth with dental adhesive. They remain in place for the duration of the treatment. The teeth have clear ceramic brackets put onto them. They go on at angles that have been carefully calculated and the brackets are joined together by a fine, tooth-coloured wire that passes through each one. The wire pulls on the brackets creating a pressure that gradually moves the teeth. The pressure is sustained by periodically tightening the wire. Clear, fixed braces are usually designed to work on mild to moderate alignment concerns on the front 6-8 teeth. These are the ones most visible and have only one root, which means they only need gentle forces to move them. Treatment usually takes a few months.

Removable clear braces in Clapham

These are more like mouth guards made of very thin plastic that snap on over the teeth and come out for eating and cleaning. They also work on less severe issues and take about a year on average to do their work. They can’t be seen when they are in place.