At Harley Street Dental Clinic in London, our orthodontist can help you turn up the wattage on your smile to full beam.
Orthdontists are dentists who have been trained in treatments and techniques to align the teeth and bite, and, of course, the biology and mechanics of the mouth.
Our Harley Street orthodontists appreciate that teeth straightening not only creates a better smile, it improves oral health as well. This is because teeth that are straight are easier to brush and floss and cleaner teeth are at lower risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Also, being able to correct a patient’s bite so that the pressure from chewing is evenly distributed over all the teeth reduces pain in the jaw muscle and joint, and can also reduce or even get rid of headaches that result from uneven pressure.
There are several ways that our Harley Street orthodontist can straighten misaligned, crowded and crooked teeth, all of which are far more discreet than the traditional train track metal braces that many of us associate with orthodontics.
For example, lingual braces differ because although they use traditional wires and brackets to gently move teeth into a new position, these are fixed to the insides of teeth rather than the outsides, thereby dramatically reducing their visibility.
There are also bracket and wire braces that are fixed to the outside of the teeth, but the brackets are made of porcelain that is coloured to blend with the teeth and the wires are too.
Your Harley Street orthodontist may even be able to fit you with braces that are not braces at all, but clear resin aligners that fit neatly over the teeth. The resin is so thin, 0.3mm, and fits so well that many people find their friends and colleagues do not even spot the aligners. The aligners come in a series of between 12 and 48 trays, each one representing one step along the journey that your teeth need to make from their starting point to their destination. You wear each one for about two weeks and the pressure from the tray adjusts the teeth. The great thing about Invisalign aligners is that they are removable for eating, drinking and tooth-brushing.