Many other devices boast of their discreet manner in which they can straighten an individual’s teeth, however, clear plastic aligners or tooth-coloured brackets and wires are still visible to the discerning eye.
For those people who are looking for a truly invisible way to straighten their teeth, then they should look no further than Incognito in Weybridge. This device is fixed to the back of a patient’s teeth and straightens them in this way, rendering them completely invisible when a person smiles or talks.
There is a limited type of patient that these are suitable for, so it is advisable that an individual discusses this option with their dentist if they are interested. Together they are able to establish whether they are viable for the kind of malocclusion that a patient presents with.
A common form of malocclusion is overcrowding. This is where teeth are crooked and overlap because there is not enough space in the mouth to accommodate for them. Less common kinds include crossbites, overbites, an impacted tooth or when the front two teeth are spaced out, which is called diastema.
How do braces solve this issue?
Braces of any kind correct the alignment of teeth or the jaw by fixing a bracket into teeth and using wires to pull these brackets and teeth together into an alignment. A removable tray can also be used, which is designed to push teeth into their correct alignment over time.
It can take anywhere between a couple of weeks to a couple of years to straighten teeth, depending on the severity of the issue. A retainer will generally need to be worn after the treatment has been completed, so that the teeth can be held in place, allowing the ligaments to relax into their new position.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of a lingual brace?
A lingual brace, or one that is attached to the back of the teeth rather than the front, is generally preferred by adults who are not eager to allow others to know they are straightening their teeth. This can be an expensive option, however, there are some ways to reduce the expense that can be considered if budget is an issue for the teeth straightening journey.
Firstly, if teeth only require a minor adjustment, there may be the possibility of only attaching the lingual brace to the teeth that are most visible when a person smiles. Patients can also choose to simply have their top arch aligned with a lingual brace and the bottom teeth fitted with clear traditional braces.
This can give them an affordable way to ensure that their most visible teeth when they talk and smile remain free of visible braces. Cast in gold rather than stainless steel, the slight glimpses that may be visible are not offensive and although it may take individuals a week or two to learn how to talk with the additional thickness at the back of the teeth which can hinder the tongue when speaking, most can carry on life confidently knowing that their teeth straightening journey is a discreet one.