Teeth straightening treatment is becoming ever more popular with adults in the UK. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we understand that the desire for a beautifully aligned smile can often be countered by the thought of wearing obvious metal braces for months or years – indeed, this can often be such a significant concern that it proves a barrier to treatment. That’s why we have listened to our patients and now offer a number of more discreet orthodontic solutions.
The advantages of teeth straightening
At our Kent practice, we are keen to stress that the advantages of teeth straightening treatment – at any age – are not purely aesthetic. Of course, wanting to improve the way your smile looks may be the driving force that brings you in to see the dentist, but there are many other health benefits to be gained from straightening your teeth, too.
Perhaps the key point to remember is that properly aligned teeth are easier to keep clean. It’s logical, when you think about it; when you reduce the number of gaps and hard-to-reach areas in which food particles can get trapped and plaque bacteria can build up, you can cut your risk of gum disease and tooth decay – the two lead causes of tooth loss.
Improving the position of your bite can also reduce uneven wear and tear on teeth, can help in some cases of bruxism, and can make it easier to eat a healthy diet.
At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we use both fixed braces and removable aligners for teeth straightening. When you come for a consultation, your dentist will conduct a clinical assessment and will recommend the best course of treatment for you.
Your Kent teeth straightening options include:
Six Month Smiles
These popular cosmetic braces work in as little as half a year by focussing on the teeth in your smile line. They comprise clear and tooth-coloured parts, so are very subtle.
This system of clear, removable aligners is useful in cases where more substantial correction is required. They fit comfortably over your teeth to guide them to an improved position.