Teeth that are crooked, spaced too widely or crowded can make people feel self-conscious about their appearance. Nobody wants to hide their smile, but feeling unattractive can make social situations awkward and having a photograph taken can feel like an ordeal. Repositioning teeth is best carried out during childhood, but adults who missed out on treatment still have the option to consider braces in Burnham. For many people in Burnham, braces carry the association of children at school with uncomfortable, ugly metal train tracks but fortunately this is no longer the only method of straightening teeth.
A discreet approach
For patients at dentists such as The Dental Surgery Burnham in Burnham, braces have to fit in with the way they live. Invisalign is a very discreet solution that moves the teeth gently into their new position using clear plastic aligners. These are made to fit the mouth precisely and the patient receives a new set every two weeks, to adjust to the changing position of the teeth and continue to guide them into the correct place. A common concern for patients seeking braces in Burnham is whether they are constantly going to be worrying about whether other people can see that they are having treatment. The material that the Invisalign aligners are made from is virtually invisible unless someone is looking very closely. They can be taken out for eating and cleaning or even occasionally for special occasions, so they really do suit modern lifestyles.
What are the advantages of straighter teeth?
Most people who use braces in Burnham are aiming to enhance their appearance. However, there are other benefits. It surprises some people to know that straighter teeth are also healthier. This is because there are fewer gaps in which plaque can accumulate, so they are easier to clean and avoid the risk of decay or gum problems. This means that there is less chance of bad breath, discomfort or the gums receding away from the teeth. Having braces can also help keep teeth strong by ensuring that they in the correct position and therefore stable. If teeth are properly aligned, the upper and lower jaw can work together correctly keeping the mouth working effectively and without pain.