If you would love straighter teeth then it could be time to join the thousands of people in the UK who benefit each year from cosmetic dentistry - one of the three distinct types of dentistry within the profession.
Preventative dentistry helps people to keep a good level of oral health so that treatments such as cavity fillings can be avoided in the future. It includes check-ups with the dentist and deep cleans from the hygienist as well as advice about the best ways to brush and floss your teeth to try to keep dental problems at bay.
Restorative dentistry diagnoses and deals with problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, chips and cracks and issues that result from accidents or illnesses.
Treatments such as fillings and crowns ensure that damaged teeth function properly.
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the general appearance of the teeth and gums. This includes improving the alignment, the colour, the shape and the size of the teeth. Cosmetic treatments include teeth whitening and veneers. Cosmetic braces to straighten teeth are becoming increasingly popular with adults who want to improve their appearance.
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In contrast to years gone by, when metal “train track” braces were the only option, there are several types of modern, cosmetic braces that gradually apply pressure to shift your teeth into position.
The discrete design of cosmetic braces - some braces are almost invisible - mean adults no longer need to feel self-conscious about wearing them. Modern fixed braces still use brackets connected with wires that attach to the teeth. But smaller and more subtle metal brackets, or clear ceramic brackets with clear wires, make them far less visible.
Fixed “lingual braces” are fitted behind the teeth, which makes them even more unobtrusive.
With all these types of fixed braces, you could start to enjoy straighter teeth in months.
“Six Month Smiles” braces, which are made with transparent brackets and white wires, concentrate on moving only the teeth visible when you smile and are an even quicker way to straighten your teeth.
Removable braces, such as Invisalign, clear plastic aligners, are also available. Invisalign aligners are made to fit exactly over your teeth and can barely be seen. They are worn for most of the day and night but can be removed for eating and brushing your teeth.
Many dentists offer cosmetic procedures but for teeth straightening it’s best to consult a qualified orthodontist. An orthodontist is a fully-trained dentist who then goes on to specialise in teeth straightening with a further three years of study and practice.
If they go on to pass the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) qualification they become a “specialist” orthodontist.
If you feel unhappy about the appearance of your smile or you have problems with a misaligned bite, it’s not too late to put things right.
Many people wrongly believe that it’s only possible to realign the teeth while they are still growing, but fixing your smile as an adult is much easier than you might think.
Whatever your concerns or particular needs, Metamorphosis Orthodontics can help to make you feel confident with a more attractive, straighter smile.
Call our friendly, expert team on 020 3828 7116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to make an appointment or if you have any questions.