Braces are not fun. Unfortunately sometimes they are essential, to correct bite problems, close gaps between teeth and straighten crooked and misaligned teeth. According to the NHS and The British Orthodontic Society, over 200,000 people started orthodontic treatment in England and Wales in 2014-15. Whilst the vast majority of these were children, there has been an increase in adults seeking treatment for cosmetic purposes or having missed out on treatment when they were young.
Dental treatment with braces can be given on the NHS if you are a child and in some cases in adulthood, but adults who want orthodontic treatment to fix minor cosmetic problems aren't eligible for NHS treatment. Private treatment needs to be considered in these cases. One of the main benefits of private treatment is having a wider choice of braces including clear or invisible ones.
The problem with traditional braces is that they are not attractive. My son had these when he was younger and to have a mouth full of metal seriously affected his self esteem, at an age when he was just becoming interested in girls.
There are many types of invisible braces available today including Invisalign and Inman Aligner.
Invisalign is a clear brace system which uses clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth, providing a very discreet alternative to traditional fixed braces. Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners which as worn for two weeks before being replaced with the next in the series.
Inman Aligner is a removable orthodontic appliance designed to treat mild to moderate cases of misalignment. The appliance is made up of a coiled spring and metal bar which generate forces which effectively pushes and pulls the teeth into position using the latest technology. What is so good about the Inman Aligner is that it is one of the fastest treatments around and simple cases can be treated in a matter of weeks, and almost all cases within 4 months.
As you can see modern technology today now produces more discreet orthodontic treatment and prices for these clear brace treatments are surprisingly affordable with many companies offering 0% finance.
Tell me what do you think of these new advances in orthodontic treatment? Would you ever consider a clear brace if you had to? Did you have braces when you were a child?
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