Braces for adults – discreet and affordable options

Adult in bracesWhen it comes to improving oral health and function, more and more adults are discovering the benefits of teeth straightening. Contrary popular belief, teeth straightening is not just for kids anymore. The position of the teeth can be amended at any age, provided that your gums and jawbone are healthy.

Teeth straightening treatment at later stages in life can dramatically enhance your appearance and self-confidence. Improving the health of the teeth and gums is just as important. Crooked teeth and an irregular bite can contribute to gum disease and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces or even headaches and jaw pain. Luckily, discreet clear braces or transparent aligners used in many dental practices, including Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic at Farnham, can prevent all these problems. Discreet teeth straightening techniques are more innovative and greatly reduce discomfort levels provoked by regular metal braces, contributing to a great smile without significantly altering your lifestyle.

Incognito lingual braces

Incognito lingual braces function just like regular metal braces, except that they fit safely behind your teeth instead of in front of them for a virtually invisible result. Like traditional braces, Incognito lingual braces consist of brackets and wires. Incognito lingual braces straighten your teeth within the same amount of time metal braces would. 

In order to customise them to fit your mouth, your dentist will make a mould of your teeth. Then, a laboratory will use it to apply 3D technology to create the metal brackets to fit onto the back of each tooth. Then, the brackets are fixed into place by a dentist. Incognito lingual braces require regular adjustments for maximum efficiency.

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Invisalign clear braces

Invisalign is an alternative to fixed braces and consists of a series of removable, transparent, customised plastic aligners that fit snugly over your teeth and gums. Each tray is part of a series of aligners that move the teeth gradually into their right position. The trays are designed with the help of 3D software that generates a virtual model of your bite. They have to be worn for at least two weeks before moving to the next set. This treatment is available to both teens and adults, but may not be right for everyone.