Orthodontics Without The Fuss In Chelmsford
Our Essex orthodontist explains why clear aligners are easy and convenient to use.
If you thought that dental braces had to be unsightly and made from metal in order to straighten your teeth, you would be wrong.
Whilst this type of dental brace is still in use, and does correct the position of teeth effectively, it is no longer the only method available, and, at Blue Sky Dental, we are pleased to offer our Chelmsford dentistry patients the latest in orthodontic technology.
Our ‘clear aligner’ system allows patients to straighten their teeth without the use of wires and brackets to position them. Instead, a series of transparent trays are made, from impressions, which are then placed directly over the teeth.
Each of these trays are designed to move your teeth just a little towards their desired position. They do so by placing gentle pressure on the teeth, gradually moving them. This is essential as putting too much pressure on them could cause long term damage. This low pressure, plus the fact that the trays are made for each individual patient from accurate impressions, means that most people find this method to be much more comfortable than traditional braces.
Unlike traditional braces, where food and bacteria can become trapped in the wires and brackets that are used, clear teeth aligners are easy to clean. In fact, they are designed to be removed whilst you are eating and for cleaning your teeth. Providing that you clean your trays as well as brushing and flossing, there should be no increased risk of either gum disease or tooth decay.
Perhaps the main reason that these braces are proving to be a popular choice of our Chelmsford patients, is that they are almost invisible and difficult to see when you are wearing them. If you choose not to tell your friends that you are wearing them, they may not even notice!
You should have no problem in wearing them during your usual daily routine. Whilst we do recommend that you only remove them for eating and cleaning, as removing them too often may lengthen the treatment period, you may wish to remove them for specific events such as dating, a close up photograph or an interview perhaps. We encourage you to return them to your mouth as soon as you possibly can though.
Clear aligners may have to be worn for over a year in order to complete their task but for many patients, their convenience and discreet wearing more than makes up for this. For those patients seeking minor adjustment only to their visible front teeth, a faster working brace system called the ‘Six Month Smile’ is available, which can straighten front teeth in less time. This does use the wire and brackets system however, albeit using fine tooth coloured materials.
If you are looking for an experienced orthodontist in Essex, we are happy to help. Simply call Blue Sky Dental on 01245 211070 to arrange your initial consultation.