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What alternatives to braces exist?

About orthodontic conditions

Orthodontic conditions refer to a special group of dental conditions, which are associated with the misalignment of a tooth, multiple teeth or even the jaw. The speciality of dentistry treating these conditions is called orthodontics. Orthodontic conditions can occur due to a wide range of reasons, some patients are born with them, while in others they develop later. These conditions have been present in humanity since the most ancient times, even prehistoric archaeological samples have indicated that some of our ancestors from 50,000 years ago had crooked teeth. Surprisingly, orthodontic conditions have only been able to be treated efficiently in the past 200-300 years due to major technological advancements in the field of orthodontics. Despite this, ancient authors, such as Hippocrates had already mentioned them, however, they were not able to suggest appropriate treatments at the time.

The traditional metal braces we know today became widespread during the 1970s only. This was due to the discovery of dental adhesives, which allow the brackets to stay on the surface of the teeth. Luckily, today there are many alternatives to these types of braces, such as the invisible braces at Wimpole Street clinic at Boston Orthodontics.

How do invisible braces work?

Invisible braces work on the same principle as the traditional metal braces with brackets. These braces contain similar brackets, which are attached to the surface of the teeth using a dental adhesive. The brackets are then bound together with an archwire, then tension is applied. This tension exerts a force on the teeth through the brackets, which helps move the teeth into their desired position over time. The archwire of the braces has to be adjusted by your orthodontist in order to exert the necessary amount of pressure on your teeth. The main difference between metal braces and invisible braces is the material they are manufactured out of. Invisible braces contain various materials. The brackets are made out of tooth-coloured porcelain, ceramic or composite material, while the archwires are made out of transparent plastic in order to minimise their visibility. The main advantage of invisible braces over invisible aligners is their universal applicability for a wide range of conditions, in contrast to invisible aligners which have limitations in terms of the conditions they can treat.

If you would like to get invisible braces at Wimpole street, book an appointment with us here at Boston Orthodontics.

What are invisible aligners?

Invisible aligners, such as Invisalign, are transparent plastic aligners which fit on your dental arches seamlessly. While invisible aligners are truly nearly invisible, they have their own limitations: they are only capable of treating mild to moderate conditions. For more serious conditions the use of braces with brackets is necessary. Other advantages of invisible aligners include the fact that they are often removable. This makes cleaning them very easy, and you can also prevent discomfort or staining when consuming a meal, or drinking beverages that could stain the aligners, such as coffee, red wine or black tea. If you are interested in getting Invisible braces at Wimpole street, book a consultation session with us, Boston Orthodontics.

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