For many people, their smile is considered to be their best feature. However, some are not happy with their smile and are looking for a solution. Thankfully, many dental practices offer solutions in the form of cosmetic dental treatments that can help straighten your teeth and improve your smile. Whether it is orthodontic treatment or a smile makeover, booking a consultation at your local dental practice will help you to determine a suitable dental treatment for your current situation.
The purpose of orthodontic treatment
To straighten teeth that are either crowded or crooked or to correct a bite to ensure that the top and bottom teeth meet when the mouth closes, dentists will recommend orthodontic treatment, such as traditional metal braces. Orthodontic treatment is a long-lasting solution for aligning teeth. Before starting the treatment, however, you will need to have a consultation with your dentist to assess your teeth and gums and ensure that your teeth are healthy. If you currently deal with dental issues like gum disease and tooth decay, your dentist will advise that you have treatment for such problems before starting the orthodontic treatment.
Although around a third of children are said to have orthodontic treatment, as an adult, one may be a bit more conscious about having traditional metal braces to straighten their teeth. However, with advancements in dental technology, orthodontic treatment now provides other options for those who want to straighten their teeth more discreetly. One of the ways to do this is by investing in clear braces Sydney CBD.
Clear braces work like the traditional metal braces in that they are made up of wires and brackets that can be fixed onto your teeth. However, these ‘invisible’ braces are made of clear ceramic brackets, meaning that when they are attached to your teeth, they are barely noticeable and other people will not know you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.
How does orthodontic treatment work?
As mentioned earlier, invisible braces work using brackets and sometimes bands that can be temporarily stuck to your teeth and held together by a flexible wire. The wire is tightened throughout your treatment, allowing your teeth to be guided into their new position.
For the duration of this treatment, you must maintain a good oral hygiene regime by brushing your teeth after meals, flossing regularly and using a mouthwash. When brushing, it is advised that you brush over each bracket and wire and angle your toothbrush to clean underneath the braces.
It is recommended that you avoid eating foods, such as popcorn and hard-boiled sweets, that are more likely to either stain or leave particles in between your braces.
How long will it take for teeth to be straightened?
On average, it can take between 12 and 18 months to complete orthodontic treatment, but this is all dependent on the complexity of your dental issue. Before starting the treatment, your dentist will advise on how long it will take and how your teeth should look once you have completed it.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.