The recent and ongoing impact of the Covid-19 virus has caused a number of our patients here at Harley Street Dental Clinic to pay closer attention to the health and wellbeing of their teeth – rather than focusing primarily on their aesthetics. This, in turn, has led to a high number of new patients seeking out orthodontics Harley Street, as a way of correcting any poorly aligned teeth and thus maximising their oral health and protection. Those who have misaligned or crooked teeth are not only subjected to a number of social implications, but they are also at a far higher risk of contracting gum problems or diseases such as periodontal disease. This is because the uneven spacing throughout their mouths make the perfect environment for plaque to form. This plaque, if it is not regularly removed during brushing and flossing – which can often prove difficult if their teeth are poorly shaped – can then develop into an infection such as periodontal disease, which can have serious implications including tooth loss if treatment is not sought out quickly. The Covid-19 pandemic has rightfully made us all care a little more about our health, and anyone who has poorly aligned teeth ought to use now as the time to take action and seek out orthodontics Harley Street.
What are my options for orthodontics Harley Street?
Whilst some twenty years ago, anyone who was seeking out orthodontic aid would find themselves limited in their treatment options, today there are numerous different procedures to choose from. One of the most popular areas of modern orthodontic treatments include those procedures which are categorised as ‘cosmetic orthodontics’. These are orthodontic treatments which have been designed so that they leave little to no trace on the patient’s outward appearance when they are being carried out. This is starkly contrasted to the orthodontic measures of yesteryear, which – whilst being effecting in their overall purpose – were often largely impactful on the appearance of a patient. One of the most popular of such orthodontic treatments which we provide here at Harley Street Dental Clinic is the use of lingual braces. These are a discreet way of correcting badly aligned teeth which have been around since the late 1960s, but have excelled design-wise in recent years. Lingual braces act in a similar way to conventional fused braces, in that they operate through attached brackets and connecting tension wire to pull the patient’s teeth together. The fundamental difference however, is that the brackets and wires are attached to the back of the patient’s teeth, so that it cannot be seen from the front. As you might imagine, the fitting of lingual braces is a far more complex process than fitting traditional ones – although here at Harley Street Dental Clinic our team are well-versed and more than capable of installing lingual braces, should your smile be able to benefit from them.
Removable orthodontic appliances
Another extremely popular form of discreet orthodontics which we offer here at Harley Street is the Invisalign removable retainer system. Unlike conventional orthodontic treatment, the Invisalign method is very subtle and removable throughout each stage of the patient treatment. The process hinges entirely on the power of a plastic retainer which has been uniquely crafted to fit perfectly around a patient’s tooth shape. This plastic retainer, which is wafer thin and transparent, uses pressure points that are built within it to apply force to the specific teeth which are out of place. The Invisalign method is both discreet, and considered to be far more comfortable than conventional orthodontics – which may help to explain its huge and growing popularity over traditional methods.