Dentistry, in general, pays more attention to aesthetics then it used to. While there have always been treatments that can improve the look of your smile, the major emphasis used to be on health and repair. Now cosmetic treatments exist solely for the purpose of aesthetic enhancement. In addition, technology that used to be purely functional now gives a nod to looking good as well.
A good example of this is Six Months Smiles. These are an option for invisible braces in Essex and many other locations. This is a method that offers braces that have less impact on your look than traditional brackets and wires. The underlying structures are the same, but the brackets are clear and the wires are tooth-coloured to blend in with your teeth.
How Are They Fitted?
Your dentist will take photographs, impressions and possibly x-rays to check that you are suitable for the Six Months Smiles system. This information is then used to map out your treatment and is sent away to be used to make your braces.
Six Month Smiles send the dentist your ready-positioned brackets in special trays so that they can be fitted to your teeth at your next appointment.
How Does It Work?
Each bracket is precisely placed to allow gentle force to be applied to your teeth that will gradually cause them to shift in the direction of the pressure. Your dentist will glue the brackets to your teeth as directed by your Six Month Smiles plan. The wire is then threaded through these and, with a few more adjustments, you are ready to go.
With Six Month Smiles, treatment time is generally faster than a lot of methods because the required result is more localised. This means it is generally focused on the front teeth that are visible when you smile.
Does It Hurt?
Moving teeth around involves the breakdown of bone and rebuilding to allow the tooth to shift without becoming loose. This inevitably involves some discomfort and this is common to all teeth straightening methods. It should be mild and easy to control with painkillers. Once you have become accustomed to your braces then the sensations should disappear.