Contrary to popular belief, dental care is not as modern as we think. Ancient civilisations found innovative ways to keep their teeth clean with a mix of crushed minerals to make crude toothpaste powders, and investigations of burial sites have uncovered the fact that misaligned teeth of the dead were sometimes covered with bands, probably in attempts to have them straightened for the afterlife.
What has changed, however, are the advancements in dentistry that have made optimum dental care easy to attain, flexible, affordable and reasonably painless – orthodontic work being one of them.
In the past, some believed that filing down incisors was the solution to straighten teeth, or that pressing down on an irregularly shaped tooth would change its structure and position over time. None of these methods proved useful, of course, but we are currently living in a time when straight teeth are really possible, with an array of treatments. Visit us at One Smile Oral Care today for a consultation if you think your teeth need realigning.
Not just for children
In the recent past, if you were to envisage a person wearing braces in Kings Hill, it would likely be an awkward teen with metal glinting from their teeth, a look that is anything but discreet.
If you missed your chance as an adolescent and hate your crooked or poorly positioned teeth, know that it is not too late to consider a straightening aid and that there are options available that take your needs into account.
Find the right straightening device for you
For the most part, children wear conventional metal braces (although adults also wear them). If you are a professional in the corporate world, you might be looking for a less visible aid. Tooth coloured models use brackets made from ceramic porcelain, a material which makes their appearance in your mouth inconspicuous, plus they are as effective as regular orthodontic devices.
If we think you are a viable candidate, we might recommend Invisalign to you. Invisalign or invisible braces in Kings Hill are a popular choice, because the retainers we use are not only translucent but also removable. No one will know you are wearing them unless you tell them. You can go through your day, attend meetings, impress the boss with brilliantly executed presentations and chat to colleagues without anyone knowing you are sporting them. Eat the meals you like (barring particular food and drink that tend to stain) because you can take out these clear aligner trays when you need to for up to two hours a day.
Advice for parents
When you were a child, orthodontic work was a luxury treatment that only the select few underwent. However, times have changed, having your own and your children’s teeth straightened is not for cosmetic purposes only, but is a necessity for dental health.
You might not have had the opportunity to address your misalignment early on, but your offspring do. Correcting issues in childhood prevent them from becoming bigger ones later on, when they may be more complicated to treat and take longer to fix.
Regain your smile and confidence with us and look forward to lifelong optimal oral health and hygiene.