We understand that every patient is different and will have varying priorities when it comes to choosing the type of brace that is best for them. Here in Lewisham, we have a selection of braces to suit mild to complex orthodontic issues – read on to find out more.
Metal braces remain a popular choice for many patients, having the scope to deal with a myriad of cases ranging from mild to complex including straightening and crowding as well as bite issues. The mechanics of traditional braces are still the most effective way to move teeth and other fixed brace models (such as ceramic braces and lingual braces) draw upon the same methods to move teeth into a desired position. It’s difficult not to think about metal braces without a throwback to the days when patients were considered to have a ‘metal mouth’ but the designs of today could not be further from this. Incorporating smaller brace hardware and using lighter materials, metal braces are a far cry from the uncomfortable versions of yesteryear.
Ceramic braces amalgamate the effectiveness of metal braces’ mechanics with a highly aesthetic design, making them a popular choice with patients who are conscious about their smile throughout treatment. The appealing design is achieved by using translucent brackets and tooth-coloured wires, made to match your exact tooth shade – the brackets are changed regularly to avoid any excess build-up of staining.
Invisalign aligners are different to the other brace types on our list, standing out as the only removable appliance. The removable feature presents plenty of benefits such as it being easier to maintain good dental hygiene because you can simply remove them to brush and you don’t need to make any changes to your diet; patients have a 2 hour window each day in which to eat and brush. The flexibility of Invisalign has been a significant contributor to its popularity.
Lingual (Incognito) braces
Perhaps the most aesthetic braces available, lingual braces are practically invisible, sitting on the tongue side of your teeth – your friends, family and colleagues need not know you’re even undergoing orthodontic treatment unless you choose to tell them. The brackets also designed to fit the contours on the back of each tooth, giving a custom fit and a comfortable feel. Lingual braces yield results early on along the treatment timeline, which can be beneficial to patients who are anxious about their treatment and need some encouragement. Smile Up use the Incognito system, a market leader in lingual appliances.
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