Get that perfect smile with braces in Windsor

Woman ready for her bracesMany things in life can make a person´s teeth become crooked or move them out of alignment. In most cases, it can’t be helped, factors like genetics and the way teeth erupt out of the gums can affect how straight a patient´s teeth are.

More and more practices, like Old Windsor Dental Practice in Windsor, are recommending braces in later life. This can be for many reasons, from cosmetic enhancements to correcting more serious teeth issues. There are a few different types of braces in Windsor to suit a patient´s needs.

The right fit for all patients

For more serious cases, the use of fixed braces is often recommended. A traditional fixed appliance is the tried and tested way of correcting gapped, overcrowded, and misaligned teeth. They have been used on both children and adults for years, bringing teeth to a better position.

Advances in materials used means that patients can now have tooth-coloured braces, to reduce the impact on the patient´s appearance when they are undergoing treatment.

Depending on the amount of adjustment that is needed, a fixed appliance treatment will take anywhere between 18 and 24 months to complete, and afterwards, a patient may need to wear a retainer to make sure their teeth stay in the desired position.

Modern treatments: an alternative to metal braces

If a patient doesn’t like the idea of wearing metal braces for up to two years, there are more modern techniques that don’t require such a commitment. In Windsor, braces have come a long way, new treatments like Invisalign can straighten patients’ teeth much more inconspicuously.

Invisalign treatments use a series of custom-moulded plastic trays that are changed every two weeks. These trays are each slightly different in shape and have the advantage of being completely removable, making it easy when it comes to mealtimes and teeth brushing.

Another big advantage of this treatment is that the plastic trays are almost completely invisible when they are in use. Many dentists also suggest the use of teeth whitening treatments on completion of teeth straightening to give the newly straightened teeth a fresh look.