Orthodontic times vary from patient to patient but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to find the most efficient and convenient treatment for you. With invisible aligners, there’s a lot to consider over your standard metal braces and their impact on your life.
Invisalign London is not always the fastest option but it can often be the cheapest for adult patients who are not covered under the NHS treatment subsidies. Beyond that, they are far more compatible with adult life, valuing discretion and being non-disruptive in both professional and personal spheres.
Why correct misalignments?
Some people may shrug off orthodontic treatment, particularly in adulthood as a cosmetic or vanity project. Not only should people not be pulled down or berated for attempts at self-improvement, but they can also be very real significant medical reasons for trying to correct dental misalignments. Poorly organised teeth are harder to clean and maintain, often resulting in more cavities that are complicated to get to and often result in more teeth having to be drilled away than is normally required.
There are also additional concerns when it comes to the forces that are generated when you bite down hard. They need to be focused on certain parts of the tooth. These biting surfaces in patients with misalignments may be extremely small, putting a great deal of strain on only a few teeth and significantly changing the way they eat. Often modifications in daily eating habits go completely unnoticed. One of the most common modifications is to hold your jaw in a position that allows your teeth to more optimally meet, putting uneven pressure on the muscles and joints of the jaw. This is not immediately obvious but over time, if untreated, the muscle strain can cause chronic headaches, jaw pain, neck pain and become a genuinely disabling repetitive strain disorder.
The orthodontic problem
Orthodontic treatment is nothing new. The idea of moving teeth by applying pressure was suggested by Hippocrates in one of his medical manuals but doing so involves using some former orthodontic tools, and the inconvenience, discomfort and appearance of these tools do not have a great track record. There is a problem for patients; in order to avoid great discomfort and improve appearance in the long-term, you have to experience a degree of discomfort and a negative impact on your appearance now. The logic behind the decision is undeniable but actually getting around to doing it is unlikely.
Traditional metal braces
Traditional braces are the established treatment, existing in clinical settings with extensive documentation but it’s also the NHS’s standard misalignment treatment being deemed the most reliable and least expensive, according to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence(NICE) in its guidelines.
But traditional metal braces do have significant drawbacks, mainly their effect on aesthetics as well as significant maintenance and post meal cleaning. As every small gap in each bracket and under the arch wire present another opportunity for food to get caught and bacteria develop, braces can act as a jumping off point not only for cavities but also gum disease. So a higher level of hygiene is needed.
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