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Nobody needs to know that you are having teeth straightening treatment

Subtle teeth straightening treatments are becoming more available, and this has resulted in an increase in the number of people who are deciding to have braces in Windsor. Whether you simply wish to have a tooth coloured appliance to blend in with your own teeth a bit more, or you want to opt for an entirely removable appliance for that extra flexibility, you can.

Having straight teeth can dramatically improve your confidence as your smile is one of the most noticeable things about you, so it is important that you feel good about it when you are showing it off.

Tooth coloured appliances that blend in nicely

Ceramic appliances are an ideal way to straighten even the crookedest of teeth. They give your dental practitioner ultimate control and are barely noticeable to other people. The brackets that attach to the surfaces of your teeth are tooth coloured or clear in some cases,  and the wire that connects the brackets will match whichever colour your brackets are.

Treatment time can vary from person to person, but generally you can expect to have this appliance for between eighteen and twenty-four months. You will need to visit your dental practice every six weeks or so to have your wire tightened, as this is what slowly pulls your teeth into their new positions.

Removable aligners for absolute convenience

If you have a busy lifestyle then it can be hard to imagine having to work around a fixed appliance. Invisalign aligners provide you with an alternative, completely removable appliance that fits around your life. The aligners are clear and fit comfortably over your own teeth, so they are difficult to notice unless you are already aware that they are there.

At your initial consultation appointment your practitioner will take 3D images of your teeth. From these images a series of new images will be made, demonstrating how your teeth will move throughout your treatment to achieve the desired results. You will have a series of sets of aligners made which will need to be worn in order. Every two weeks you will need to move on to your new set of aligners, and you will notice your teeth starting to move as soon as you have worn the first few sets. How many sets of aligners are needed in total will vary from person to person, but you can generally expect treatment to take up to twelve months, with some people completing treatment in as little as six.

Your aligners need to be worn for a minimum of twenty-two hours a day. If this is not abided by then your treatment may take longer than expected or need to be restarted, which could result in additional costs for you. If you have something to eat, then it is important to clean your teeth before putting your aligners back in, as they could become damaged. Keeping both your teeth and your aligners clean is important throughout your treatment, as you want to avoid any plaque building up. Once your treatment has finished your dental practitioner will issue you with a plastic retainer. This will need to be worn at night for several months or potentially years after your treatment, to ensure that your teeth do not return to their original positions.