The new ways to straighten teeth quickly

Girl Wearing Invisalign

Girl Wearing InvisalignTeeth straightening treatment has a reputation for being a long, arduous process that is usually a lot of hassle and costs a lot of money. In many ways, traditional braces still carry a lot of the problems of the past, but there have been developments and new treatments that have shed these issues.

Many dental practices up and down the UK are offering different types of braces. In Barnsley at PDC Dental, they can offer Invisalign treatments that can straighten a patient’s teeth without using a traditional brace.

The problems with traditional braces

A traditional fixed brace has many problems that are commonly known. Humans have been using braces since the ancient times. There is even evidence that Cleopatra wore a pair of braces. In Barnsley, braces have evolved beyond recognition.

Many people undergoing treatment complain of discomfort, sometimes to the point of having to be prescribed painkillers to deal with the pain. The metal wires and brackets involved can also scratch the inside of the mouth which can cause further discomfort.

Another problem is the maintenance involved when wearing braces. Food can become trapped in braces and prove difficult to remove. This often leads to problems with the bacteria that hide in braces and between teeth.

One problem with traditional braces in Barnsley that has been resolved is their metallic appearance. Braces can be made from clear and tooth-coloured materials that help to make them look more natural.

Doing away with braces for Invisalign treatments

Modern technology has allowed for newer treatments to be developed, which can serve as alternatives to traditional braces. Invisalign is one treatment that uses hardly any metal components.

The treatment instead uses a series of clear plastic tooth trays that are slightly different in shape one after the other. The difference in shape applies gentle pressure to the teeth, adjusting them over the treatment period.

Invisalign takes, on average, 12 months to adjust the patient’s teeth to their desired position. The aligner is removable, which allows for much more practicality than a traditional fixed appliance.

When the aligners are in the patient’s mouth they are also hardly visible, making them the preferred treatment for many adults.