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Teeth Straightening In Cardiff - What Are My Options?

There are several different methods used in modern dentistry for straightening teeth, and both children and adults can take advantage. For example, at any one time, in the USA there are around 4.5 million people using some form of teeth straightening technique. With the increase in state-of-the-art technology, comes a wider range of options.

It is worth noting tht many state-of-the-art teeth straightening options come under cosmetic dentistry and are therefore not offered under the NHS, so you'll have to source a private dentist in Cardiff. Birchgrove Dental Practice are a competitively priced private dentist in Cardiff who employ various teeth straightening practices.

These can be confusing, so it is best advice to consult with your oral professional. However, it is worth a quick look at the options that are open for you.

Traditional braces

The concept behind the traditional brace is the constant application of pressure on the teeth, which will very slowly move them into the position that is desired by the patient. In essence, they are pretty much the same as lingual braces when it comes to the desired effect, but they have brackets that are facing outwards. Traditional braces have been around a long time and work. One of the problems some people have with them is the appearance.

Teeth removal

Because every mouth is unique, the complexity of the situation will vary in each case. It is, therefore, a possibility that alignment treatment may only work if some teeth are taken away. This will create the space needed for movement.

Treatment stages

Orthodontic treatment has three stages. In the beginning, appliances are utilised to gain space for the movement. Dentists will use palatal expanders and lingual bars.



The correction period comes next, and this involves braces being put on the teeth. The teeth will gradually straighten. The time it will take, ultimately depends on the severity of the problem. This could either be a tooth or a jaw problem, or both.

The retention stage comes at the end. In this stage, the teeth are kept under control by using either a removable or fixed retainer.

Invisalign

These are clear plastic moulds that can be fitted to upper and lower teeth. They are changed in stages, which usually take around a fortnight. The number of 'aligners' required will depend on how crooked the teeth are. This method is very popular, but not recommended for people with major issues to resolve.

Lingual Braces

This is often referred to as the 'invisible' option. The treatment has a series of wires and brackets that have been customised to fit in with the patients bite pattern. It is a 'non-removable treatment that is ideal for patients that suffer from severe to moderate overcrowding. The wires are invisible when you speak or smile, but take a little bit of getting used to.

An impression of all the teeth is taken before a lingual brace is fitted. This is then used to create brackets that are unique to the patient's mouth. Treatment time can be up to three years, but this would depend entirely on how severe the teeth were misaligned.

Self-litigating braces

These are slightly different to regular braces because they have clips that are built in that hold onto the wire. The good thing about these is that they are easy to keep clean. They also need less adjustment time and usually will take less time to do the job of straightening.

Ceramic braces

This is an updated version of the conventional metal brace. The terminology, ceramic, refers to the brackets that are attached to the teeth. The ceramic brace will blend into the mouth, even though they are not invisible.

Metal braces

These are stainless steel braces that are attached to the teeth with plastic ligatures and bonded metal brackets. Metal braces are economical, but take some time to get used to.

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