Orthodontic care has always been a challenging part of dentistry. When considering Orthodontics in Essex, although we rarely use any drilling, people still have real concerns about approaching us and how their treatment may play out. Why?
A lot of people still associate it with the traditional metal braces that are very common in practice. But when they were used universally, the tightening process which every orthodontic patient had to go through every six or so weeks was very uncomfortable. This often resulted in a patient having to use over the counter pain relief and select softer easier to chew food for at least a few days after the adjustment.
The truth is that orthodontics in Essex does not have to be carried out like that, and there are an awful lot more options in our clinic than there ever have been. Some are specifically designed to be much more comfortable, subtler to wear every day or faster overall.
Clear aligner options
We offer two types of clear aligner; Inman aligner and Invisalign. This gives us further options for patients who are looking for a gentler and almost invisible way to reorganise their teeth. For Invisalign each individual aligner is only expected to be used for about 2 weeks; with such a short tour of duty compared to the standard brace (which you have to wear for the entire length of your treatment) aligners can be relatively lightweight and thin. They are also completely translucent, making them both visually discrete, even at close ranges.
At a first glance, a Lingual brace may not seem that different to the standard metal braces. But when installed, they fit on the inside of the teeth with their brackets added to the inside surface of the teeth. They can be good for patients who have a more complicated misalignment but also want a low impact option. Their fitting or installation is not trivial and can take more than an hour due to the challenge of their location.
Six Months Smiles
Six Months Smiles are not an orthodontic tool in themselves but are more of a treatment for cosmetic issues located at the front of the mouth; usually with the front 6 teeth. This means they are not equipped to move molars or perform any rotations but if you have a minor issue, they can be beneficial.
The highly aggressive use of the brace makes it more uncomfortable than traditional orthodontics and therefore only really suitable for adults who are committed to achieving those cosmetic goals quickly.
As with many of our other braces and aligners, we may decide to use this brand of brace in a sequence with another type of brace, to ensure that you get the perfect end result that you deserve.
As you can see, the way we perform orthodontics in Essex is definitely one of our prized options and it really depends on how you want your treatment to proceed. If you have any further questions or would like to register with our clinic please get in contact.