With a number of high-profile celebrities and public figures openly showing off their braces, orthodontic treatment to realign teeth is no longer just a solution for teenagers. The social stigma that was once apparent seems to have been lifted, with more and more people opting for this solution.
From a dentist’s point of view, clear aligners are one of the most favoured ways to correct misalignments in teeth. Although braces were often a treatment which was recommended for children and teenagers, adults are now having clear aligners fitted rather than the standard fixed braces, and reaping the benefits of straight teeth.
What are Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners have increased in popularity due to their discreet nature and are often the preferred choice compared to that of traditional fixed metal braces. Clear aligners are more like a mouth guard rather than the fixed metal braces that are attached to the teeth. Aligners are used to gradually straighten your teeth without the need for metal wires or brackets. This is preferable for some people as clear aligners are not permanently attached to your teeth, yet when they are worn, the aligners gently move your teeth into place. You’re also able to brush, floss and eat as normal when you take the aligner out.
There are no metal brackets or wires involved with clear aligners. With no drilling involved in the process, your dentist will initially assess your jaw and teeth and create moulds to be sent off to a laboratory. A 3D model is then created and plastic mouth guards will be sent back to your dentist. You will also be advised on the best ways to look after your braces to ensure you get the best results.
However, with all this in mind clear aligners may not necessarily be suitable for everyone and your orthodontist may recommend invisible fixed braces as a discreet alternative. These style of braces consist of transparent or tooth-coloured brackets, which can provide a more discreet look to the traditional metal braces.
Disadvantages of clear aligners
A disadvantages of aligners may be that you will be more tempted not to wear them for long periods of time as they are removable. This could mean the teeth won’t straighten if the aligners aren’t being worn. Also clear aligners may not be suitable for everyone. Some tooth movement requires a fixed appliance so that’s when the dentist should recommend clear fixed braces as a discreet alternative.
This type of cosmetic dentistry can also be expensive, with some clear aligners costing around £1000 per course.
It’s important to ensure that you are fully aware of the risks that are associated with cosmetic dental treatment such as clear aligners. If you feel your treatment hasn’t exactly gone to plan due to dental negligence, why not speak to a member of the Dental Law Partnership team today? You can call us on 0808 115 8194 or contact us online here.