Adult braces explained- it’s easier than you think…

Woman smiling with nice straight teeth

Many people are not happy with how their front teeth look when they smile and it can affect many areas of their life. Most adults are put off wearing braces because they don’t want the metal ‘train tracks’ for a couple of years.

However, with modern advances in orthodontics, there are now many options to straighten your teeth. Cosmetic brace systems such as Clear Smile Brace or Six Month Smiles are a rapid and cosmetic orthodontic system that focuses mainly on correcting the front 10 teeth.

The speed and cosmetically pleasing appearance of these brace systems means it can be an appealing option to give you a great straighter smile and more quickly than conventional brace systems.

Treatment generally takes between 4- 9 months with an average treatment time of around 6 months.

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The easy steps…

Free Cosmetic Consultation

The first step is to come and see us at Smile Essential for a free cosmetic consultation. At your dental appointment, the dentist will take a full history and listen to how you would like to change your smile.
You and the dentist can then plan out your goals of the treatment and result you would want to achieve. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have at this stage. The dentist will check your suitability for cosmetic braces and if suitable recommend you return for a full orthodontic assessment.

Full Orthodontic Consultation

A series of records need to be taken including photos, x-rays and impressions of your teeth. This will enable the dentist to provide you with a virtual set-up of the teeth and how they will look after the treatment. A full treatment plan will be provided along with likely timescales, fees and finance options.

Braces Fitting Appointment

Once you have consented and are happy with the treatment the dentist can get you started on your journey to new straighter teeth. The dentist will begin to bond the brackets to your teeth using a special adhesive. Then hi-tech flexible archwires are attached to the brackets. These wires will generate gentle forces that will start to gradually move your teeth into position.

Full instructions on brace care, diet and oral hygiene will be given. You will be able to ask any questions you have. Then you will book your first adjustment appointment usually about four weeks later.

Brace Adjustment Appointments

The adjustment appointments are usually around 30 minutes every 4 weeks until your teeth are fully aligned. At these appointments, space is created to allow movement and the archwires are replaced to generate appropriate tooth movements.

Once you are happy with the results, impressions are taken to create a custom retainer.

Braces Removal

This is an exciting appointment- the BIG reveal! Your braces are quickly and gently removed with a specially designed instrument. Your teeth are then cleaned and polished to leave a smooth surface. Your retainers are also fitted at this appointment to prevent your teeth from relapsing. Photos and final impressions are taken to record the final result. Full aftercare instructions are given and a retainer review appointment is scheduled. The whole appointment takes about an hour.

You’ll now be able to enjoy your wonderful new smile!

At the moment we are offering free tooth whitening with all cosmetic brace systems. To find out about booking an appointment click here.

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