Getting things straight
The goal of any form of orthodontic treatment, generally, is to improve the harmony within your smile by repositioning your teeth to correct any misalignments or overlapping. Whilst the obvious aesthetic attraction to orthodontics plays a massive role in the growing amount of patients seeking to reshape their smiles, there are also significant health benefits to seeking braces in Liverpool which are not to be overlooked. Some of these include decreasing the possibility of Gingivitis or periodontal (gum) disease developing, increasing the patient’s ability to properly brush and floss their teeth, reducing the need for further more invasive dental work becoming necessary, and giving patients the improved ability to chew and enunciate their speech properly.
Some of the most widely sought after forms of orthodontics across all age demographics, are traditional, fused braces. These are a successful and quick method of dental realignment that has existed in some form or other for centuries. You’ve likely seen, heard of, or experienced this method of orthodontics at some point in your life, but just in case you’ve not – here is a brief explanation. Traditional braces work by fusing metal brackets to the front of each patient’s individual teeth. These bracelets are then connected using a wire which applies pressure to the brackets over the course of treatment, and gradually moves the patient’s teeth back to their proper positioning. Whilst traditional braces are an effective way of achieving a straighter smile, patients – particularly those within the demographics of teenagers or young adults – are often dissuaded from seeking treatment due to how the braces impact on their outward appearance. In response to this, there is now the option to have the traditional brackets and wires coloured to fit the pigment of the patient’s teeth so that they are far less detectable.
Cosmetic orthodontic options
For those who desire to have a straighter set of healthy teeth without the treatment impeding on how they look in any way, there are now a whole range of cosmetic orthodontic methods which are available to suit their needs. One such cosmetic treatment is Lingual, or ‘Invisible’ braces. These operate on a similar functionality than traditional braces in that they use fused brackets and connecting wires, however, the defining difference is that the brackets and wires are fixed to the backs of the patient’s teeth so that they become completely obscured from the front. This form of treatment is particularly popular with young adults and professionals as they can quickly and efficiently realign their smiles, averting any unwarranted attention. Another method of cosmetic orthodontics which has grown rapidly in its popularity in recent history, is the removable retainer method. Procedures such as Invisalign replace the use of conventional methodology like fused brackets or connecting wires, with a removable set of specially designed transparent plastic retainers. These retainers are made from a unique mould of each patient’s teeth, and when they are worn, they make use of specifically placed pressure points that are built within them to gradually pull the patient’s teeth together. One of the main attractions to this method – besides the comfortability and the removable nature of the treatment – is that when the retainers are worn, they fit so perfectly around the patient teeth that they are practically invisible.