How can braces help me get a nicer smile?

If you have been living with dental misalignments for a long time and you have given up hope that anything positive can be done about them, then you should reconsider; there are numerous different orthodontic services that might be able to give you the smile you have always hoped for – and you won’t necessarily be stuck wearing obvious ‘train tracks’ for the duration of your treatment. There are lots of different brace systems that can be applied to all manner of dental problems, including severe misalignments, jaw malocclusions, and badly spaced teeth. The first thing you need to do if you are considering getting orthodontic work done on your teeth, is make an appointment with a dentist who has experience with all types of braces; the Pearl Dental Clinic is a surgery in the Kingston area of London that can provide many different treatments to improve your dental health and give you a smile to be proud of. Get in touch today if you would like to learn more about the services on offer.

How can braces move my teeth?

The principle of orthodontics is to shift the teeth in their sockets by using either a fixed or a removable device; this process can take anywhere from a few months to several years to complete the desired movement. It is necessary to put pressure on the teeth because they are held in place by very strong periodontal fibres that hold them firmly where they are; which is why it can take a long time to effectively shift them and prevent them from relapse after the treatment has been completed.

There are two different types of braces;

Fixed braces – When you think of braces, you will probably picture ‘train tracks’ or something similar, and this refers to a type of fixed brace that includes metal brackets and wires that are cemented to the teeth for the length of the treatment. They might not be very popular because of their noticeable appearance, but fixed braces are still widely used due to their performance with even the most extreme cases of misalignment. Some patients will have severely crooked teeth that cannot be fixed using a less robust type of brace, and it is good to know that there are always options for any sort of orthodontic problem. Treatment time using fixed braces varies greatly from patient to patient, although it tends to be between six months and three years.

Removable bracesThe most common type of removable brace is the clear aligner that is vacuum-formed to fit over the teeth and apply pressure to them to gradually shift their position. They have earned the nickname ‘invisible braces’ because of their transparent construction that allows the natural enamel shade to show through, making it appear as though no brace is being worn at all. It normally takes at least five aligners to complete treatment, sometimes as many as thirty if the misalignments were more severe to begin with. The average treatment time using clear braces is around a year, although that is obviously not applicable to all patients because some of them may be unsuitable for a brace that has limited movement capability.

How much do braces cost?

That depends what sort of system you are prescribed, although you should be aware that orthodontic treatment is never going to be cheap – unless you are eligible for free braces under the NHS. The problem here is that NHS treatment will not apply to patients that are over the age of eighteen because this is considered cosmetic dentistry, as opposed to necessary medical surgery to improve general health.

The average fixed metal system is probably going to be several thousands of pounds, with modern dental braces, such as Invisalign, costing three of four thousand pounds. It is difficult to say exactly how much braces will cost because there are so many different situations and dental problems that might come into play, so it makes it impossible to give a clear idea for a single patient without examining their teeth first. There are some systems with set prices that provide a certain number of aligners for one jaw, and there may be additional charges if retention is not included during the initial cost of treatment.

Although the high price might be difficult for some people to rationalise, you have to take into account the amount of time and training that goes into correctly applying orthodontic work to straighten teeth. Furthermore, there is a lot of time spent in the laboratories creating the braces to perform the movement – particularly with aligner systems that need numerous appliances throughout the process. It is not possible to simply straighten teeth overnight, so you have to be prepared to consider the overheads and the amount of skill required to treat your orthodontic problems.

If you are slightly put off by the price of braces, there’s no need to avoid this type of treatment altogether; there are normally dental loans available from many cosmetic dental clinics to help patients access the best treatments without getting themselves into financial difficulties. This means that a loan company would pay for the braces up front and then the patient would reimburse them at an affordable monthly rate until the balance is paid off. This is a great way to break down the payments into smaller chunks so that the lump sum can be repaid without too much difficulty. If you are interested in getting a dental loan so that you can receive orthodontic treatment, you should mention this to your surgeon before the process begins – although you should also be aware that there will be a credit check to make sure that you are capable of the making the repayments. If you don’t have a great credit score, you should consider asking a friend or family member if they would be willing to take on the loan in your name, then you can still get access to the money and arrange treatment when you are ready.

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5 Vale Parade, Kingston Vale

Kingston Hill, London SW15 3PS


Pearl Dental Clinic

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