On Route to Straight Teeth

Woman checking her teeth

Woman checking her teethIn days gone by, when people needed their teeth aligned, they were often reluctant to receive braces in Erskineville. Today, patients no longer have to spend what could feel like forever with metal train-tracks to straighten up their teeth. Alternative treatments allow people to subtly undergo teeth straightening.

When looking to receive braces in Erskineville, many dentists, such as at the Healthy Smile Centre, offer a choice of traditional braces and clear aligners.

Bringing on the brace

Traditional braces align the teeth by placing brackets onto the teeth, which hold wires that gently move the teeth into the correct position. They can be worn from 18 months to two years, depending on the severity of the patient’s condition.

Thousands of people have used traditional braces and seen the benefits. Straight teeth are easier to brush and clean. Most significantly, they restore self-confidence, so people can go out feeling like themselves. They improve the functionality to chew, which means nothing has to be taken off the menu.

There are now more subtle alternatives such as clear braces, which match the colour of the teeth, and lingual braces, which are placed on the back of the teeth.

Trying out clear aligners

The flipside of traditional braces is that they can be difficult to clean properly as bits get stuck in the brace. It takes that extra effort to maintain good oral health. They can also make people feel quite self-conscious, especially teenagers, or adults, whose career may involve a lot of public speaking or time in front of a camera.

When considering braces in Erskineville, many people are now opting to have clear aligners. These options include Invisalign and TruLine.

Clear aligners are custom-made retainers that go over the teeth. Unlike braces, they are actually better suited to teens and adults as they are built for a tight fit and made to look almost invisible.

They are removable, which allows people to go on cleaning their teeth as normal and remove them for eating and drinking without bits getting caught in the teeth. However, clear aligners are not so suitable for complex cases.

When weighing up the choices, the dentist can best advise which option is most suitable for the patient.