Teeth straightening, known in the dental industry as orthodontics, traditionally uses metal brackets and wiring to correct the positioning of teeth. By contrast, more discreet options are emerging and one such type is clear view braces. Clear fixed braces Manchester carry out the same task as conventional ‘train track’ style brace systems in that they move teeth back to their original position using gentle applied force. However, they’re far less likely to be noticed when you smile or speak.
So why the need for discreet braces?
In the 21st century, people are seen to be spending more of their disposable income on cosmetic treatments including getting straighter teeth. However many adults don’t want to be seen wearing a mouth full of metal. For this reason the discreet brace system was born. Now you can get a wide variety of orthodontic treatments ranging from cheap clear braces Manchester, through to the high end treatments such as Invisalign.
So just how discreet are they?
In a word, very! Most clear fixed braces in Manchester are made from polycarbonate, whereas removable aligner style braces such as Invisalign are generally made from acrylic. Both are a type of plastic derivative. Many ‘bracket and wiring’ style clear view braces also come with ceramic tooth coloured brackets and thin nickel/titanium wiring, all of which are hard to spot unless you are looking close up.
Conversely, removable acrylic aligner style braces such as Invisalign are even more discreet because they don’t use brackets and wires. Instead they rely on a series of trays (aligners) which are worn over the teeth just like a clear gum shield – the idea being that each aligner gently moves the teeth a certain distance. When a specific position is reached, the current aligner is removed and the next aligner is put in place. This continues until the teeth have reached their final position. Invisalign braces are normally kept in a brightly coloured case because just like a contact lens, when an aligner is taken out and placed on a counter top, it can be very hard to spot. Now that’s discreet!
So do clear view braces have any down sides?
In a word no! Most systems can do anything conventional metal bracket and wiring style braces do. The only difference is that they’re just not so obvious. If we’re going to be picky, the only downside is that even cheap clear braces Manchester are fractionally more expensive than traditional metal style brace systems. Also, because discreet braces are more of a cosmetic choice, they aren’t usually available from an NHS dentist.
If you’d like to find out more about clear fixed braces Manchester then come and talk to Shi Karim and the team at Church Road Dental and Cosmetics. Why not book yourself a free, no obligation consultation where we can discuss what type of clear view braces would suit your needs. To make an appointment you can either visit our website or contact us directly on 0161 660 1218. Remember you don’t have to suffer with less than perfect teeth. Start the ball rolling and talk to our experienced team today.