A guide to orthodontics with Presh Mulay
Looking for a straightforward way to straighten your teeth as an adult?
At our practice with Presh Mulay, we are proud to be able to offer our patients a wide range of orthodontics Newton Abbot and can advise you on which options will be best suited to your needs. We will aim to keep the braces or aligners on for as minimal a time as possible, so you can enjoy the benefits of a straighter, healthier smile.
So, what are the different kinds of braces that we can offer? Here is a rough guide to all of our orthodontics Newton Abbot.
Advantages of braces and aligners
While they used to have somewhat of an unwarranted reputation of being undesirable, it is now recognised that there are many advantages to orthodontics Newton Abbot.
For one thing, they obviously create a straighter and healthier smile; if your teeth are correctly aligned, they are easier to clean and thus, cavities and gum disease will be reduced.
In children, the use of braces can help with speech issues like lisps and can create a better overall symmetry as their faces develop. They can also help to reduce headaches and migraines, due to straightening misaligned molars that have been linked to nocturnal grinding.
The standard or metal brace is commonly used by our team to correct complex cases of misalignment in children, teenagers and adults.
They are fitted to the teeth and then using a set of tightening appointments, the brackets move the teeth into the desired position over several months. They are versatile, hardy and are now seen by some as retro-chic, so if you require these braces, it is no longer a fashion issue.
Take a metal brace, flip it back and you have lingual braces! They are affixed to the back of the teeth as opposed to the front, thus making them a bit more fiddly to attach and clean.
They utilise the same system as standard braces; they are adjusted and the teeth move gradually.
But as they are fitted to the back of the teeth, they are more visually discreet.
OK, imagine a metal brace with clear brackets and you have the clear brace.
Unlike regular metal or lingual options, however, these braces are more suited for moderate misalignments and as such, the wires used to tighten them are thinner.
Their treatment time is not as long as that of standard braces and the adjustments required to use them do not create as much pressure on the teeth, thus making them more comfortable.
And finally, we come to the most popular option on the list; invisible aligners. And you can probably guess why!
While they aren’t actually invisible, they are made from clear plastic and slot over your teeth like a sports guard. This allows for maximum discretion while you straighten your teeth.
Like the clear braces, however, they are not recommended for more complex cases of dental misalignment and are therefore used to correct more cosmetic based issues.
As you use them, you change between aligners that are laid out in a series, wearing each one for about 2 weeks.