If you are dreaming of a beautifully-aligned smile, you may fear the thought of wearing obvious metal train-track braces. Fortunately, thanks to advances made in the orthodontic world, there are now many more discreet solutions available.
Metal braces are still popular with children and teenagers – indeed, many view them as a rite of passage of the transition into adulthood. But for those of us who have reached adulthood without having our teeth straightened, the idea of an obvious appliance can be terrifying.
Smilecraft Dental Care in Stevenage offers treatment with Six Month Smiles – one of the subtlest fixed brace systems around. Comprising tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires and clear ceramic brackets, these cosmetic braces will blend in so well with the natural shade of your teeth that many people won’t even realise you are wearing them.
Six Month Smiles use lower forces than traditional orthodontic appliances, and don’t cause problems such as staining of the teeth or mouth sores. In other words, they are comfortable as well as discreet. With six months being the average treatment time, these braces also work much more quickly than their standard metal cousins.
Being cosmetic braces, they are not designed for correction major issues with the bite. They focus primarily on aesthetic issues affecting the front six teeth in the upper or lower jaw, and are suitable for mild to moderate cases of crowding, uneven spacing, and crooked teeth, among other things.
Once the braces have been fitted, you should book a consultation with a hygienist to learn how to clean around them effectively. It’s not difficult to clean around your braces with professional advice and a bit of practice, although you may benefit from special equipment such as floss threaders to clean under your brace wires.
As with any type of brace, you should be careful what you eat during treatment. Sticky, sugary foods such as toffees should be avoided at all costs, as should food that can damage your brace – crusty bread or raw carrots, for example. Boiling carrots and cutting harder fruits such as apples into small pieces can help you enjoy your five a day during brace treatment.