Gentle Dental Care – Teeth Straightening
Modern orthodontics offer a better teeth straightening experience for our Ipswich patients
We have discussed, in previous blogs, how having your teeth straightened can be beneficial, both from an aesthetic and practical viewpoint. We have also acknowledged that the reason why some people do not have this procedure is due to it being perceived as being unattractive, a factor that is less significant with modern orthodontics such as Invisalign transparent braces.
The other factor which can deter some patients though is that of the perceived discomfort of wearing braces. This information may well come via a friend or family member who has had to wear them to straighten their teeth. But it’s not necessarily accurate.
At the Foxhall Dental Practice, we believe in doing all that we can to help our patients have the best experience possible when it comes to having straighter teeth. The traditional method of wearing wire and brackets type braces may sometimes come with a certain level of initial minor discomfort; at least until the patient becomes accustomed to wearing them. The additional risks of trapped food leading to decay and possible toothache only add to this factor.
Whilst some cosmetic braces do take a similar approach, the materials have changed and are much finer than in older style braces. Generally speaking too, these are used for minor corrections and are not used for longer periods of time.
Do orthodontics have to be uncomfortable?
We mentioned Invisalign orthodontics earlier. These are interesting as they abandon the use of wiring altogether, using instead a series of transparent trays that fit directly over the patient’s teeth. Whilst these are obviously less visible, an advantage in itself, do they offer a greater degree of comfort than traditional braces?
In our opinion, Invisalign braces certainly do offer a more comfortable teeth straightening experience than traditional types and the lack of wiring is a major factor in this. Patients should be prepared for a little initial discomfort though, although this should be fairly minor. The fact is that, to correct the position of uneven teeth, a certain amount of pressure has to be applied. Obviously this can’t be too too dramatic as this would not only be very painful but would also be very likely to damage the teeth and supporting bone structure.
Modern orthodontics, such as Invisalign, work by exerting low levels of pressure consistently upon the teeth. As you aren’t used to experiencing this, it is understandable that there may be some minor discomfort at the start of the treatment until you become used to it. However, most patients of the Foxhall Dental Practice that have used this system have commented that any initial discomfort soon goes as you become accustomed to the feel of the trays over your teeth.
Once you have become used to having the transparent trays over your teeth, the teeth straightening experience becomes very ‘normal’ and patients find that they can go about their daily lives comfortably until their treatment period is complete and they are left with great looking straight teeth.
If you would like to find out more about the modern braces systems that we have at our Ipswich dental centre, please call us today on 01473 258396.