How to straighten teeth with braces in Milton Keynes
There are more to braces than meet the eye. Over time, technology has developed, allowing people to choose from more than one way of straightening their teeth. There are different types of braces to suit different types of people and different dental needs.
Braces in Milton Keynes are offered by many dentists, including Northlight Dental, and include traditional, removable, fixed, and clear varieties.
Invisalign is a great option for those who don’t want the fuss of having to brush their teeth or eat while wearing braces. They consist of a set of clear, removable aligners that are each to be worn for 7-10 days before moving onto the next one. During this time, they gently nudge the teeth into their correct position. Patients must wear their aligners for at least 20-22 hours a day.
Fixed braces today
Fixed braces are used for people who have misalignment problems including overbites, underbites, cross bites, as well as crooked, crowded or spaced out teeth.
Traditionally they are made of metal, however now there is alternative treatment in the form of tooth-coloured fixed braces, so people can go for braces in Milton Keynes without having to feel self-conscious about how they look. These tooth-coloured braces usually focus on straightening out the front teeth alone, which means faster, more comfortable treatment as less force is required to move these teeth. After treatment, patients will need to wear retainers at night and must attend their regular check-ups to check everything is looking as it should.
Fixed braces but a little bit different
Another fixed braces treatment, which can handle more severe alignment issues is lingual braces. These are attached to the backs of the teeth where they are completely hidden from view. Each bracket is custom-made for an individual tooth. Patients may need some time to get used to the feel of the brackets against their tongue but soon enough they will adjust. This braces treatment uses the same mechanics as traditional fixed metal braces, which is why they are a versatile treatment for all manner of misalignment issues, which other discreet braces may not be able to handle.