Category: Invisible Braces

Secret straightening with invisible braces

Even though we can’t resist a selfie, most of us are pretty private about what’s going on with our bodies. We don’t want to draw attention to our imperfections, even if we are getting them fixed. Sometimes we’d rather live with the not so great bits of ourselves than have to be seen to be correcting them with ugly devices.

Invisible Braces in BournemouthThat’s why many adults would rather live with their wonky teeth than go through a few months wearing metal bracket and wire braces. Braces never have been, and never will be, a fashion statement.

On the other hand, having straight teeth is more and more important so surely there must be a way out of this Catch 22 situation. Thankfully, dental researchers have put their best minds onto the conundrum of people wanting straight teeth but not wanting to wear braces and they have come up with a solution called invisible braces.

You can get invisible braces from us at Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth. We stock a variety of such devices. They vary in what they look like, how they are fitted and also how long they take to work and what kind of misalignment issues they work best on.

Invisible braces is an umbrella term. Some invisible braces are more invisible than others.

Fixed invisible braces

These use brackets and wires like traditional metal braces. The braces that are fixed to the front of the teeth use clear ceramic for the brackets and a tooth-coloured coating on the wires. The braces are usually smaller than metal braces and exert less force. They work very well on mild to moderate issues with the front 6-8 teeth.

Lingual braces

These are also fixed to the teeth, but they are cemented onto the tongue side of the teeth. Made of metal, they are used to correct more complex alignment issues and can exert more force. Treatment can take a couple of years as there is more to correct.

Clear aligners

These are removable and go on over the teeth like a mouth guard. Made of very thin plastic, they are almost impossible to spot once they are in place.

Book a consultation to find out more.

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Classy ways to get your teeth straightened

So, you’ve finally had enough of your wonky teeth. You’ve had enough of smiling warily while trying to work out whether the person you are smiling at is a) utterly revolted, b) mildly unsettled c) hasn’t even noticed that your teeth are a bit of a mess.

Invisible Braces in BournemouthWhatever the other person’s reaction, the point is that you are not comfortable with your teeth. You are not comfortable about smiling and you hardly ever let go and roar with laughter anymore. It’s time to do something about it, and yet you don’t fancy the idea of wearing dodgy-looking metal braces for a year or more either.

Well, the good news is that you probably won’t have to, not if you get fitted with invisible braces from Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth.

Invisible braces are the best thing since sliced bread as far as teeth straightening is concerned. They work just as well as clunky metal braces on mild to moderate alignment issues, and they look a whole lot better, if you can see them at all.

The term ‘invisible braces’ applies to a whole range of devices, some of which are more visible than others, but all of which are far more discreet than metal braces.

Fixed invisible braces

These have brackets and wires, but the brackets are smaller and made of clear ceramic. The wires are finer and tooth-coloured. Straightening the front 6-8 teeth with these braces can be done in just a few months as these teeth have only one root and so are more easily moved.

Removable invisible braces

Known as aligners, there are 2 sorts to choose from.

Single aligners – these devices use bows that sandwich behind and in front of the front teeth and use opposing forces to straighten them. Treatment may only take a few weeks.

Sets of aligners – these look more like very thin plastic mouth guards. They fit over the teeth and have bumps and ridges inside them that press on the teeth to get them to move.

Lingual braces – attached to the inner surfaces of the teeth, these are what you need for more complex alignment issues.

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Your teeth, your business

Believe it or not, not everyone in 21st century Britain is obsessed with detailing every single moment of their day on Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter. There are still plenty of people who would rather keep their private lives private and do not welcome intrusive interest, especially if the subject involves their health. Hence, the incredible rise in popularity of invisible braces over the last few years.

At Castle Lane Dental Care, we are fitting more and more invisible braces in Bournemouth as word gets around about how discreet they are.

Invisibe Braces in BournemouthInvisible braces are different from other ways of straightening misaligned teeth. Rather than brackets and wires, they use transparent thermoplastic resin trays, which look rather like mouth guards, that fit over the teeth. Once in place, the invisible braces hug your teeth so closely and are so thin that it’s almost impossible to see them.

The aligners are created from impressions taken by our dental team at Castle Lane Dental Care. A few weeks later, you will receive a series of aligners. Each one represents a step along the way from the current position of your teeth to their correctly aligned position. The pressure that the plastic applies to the teeth is what gently nudges them along the path.

You need to wear each tray for about a week or two before moving on to the next one. The number of aligners will depend on your individual case.

Invisible braces have other advantages as well as being almost unnoticeable, and these come with the fact that they are removable. This means that they are easy to clean, and so are your teeth. You just take your brace out in the morning to clean your teeth, and do the same at night, cleaning the aligner too.

Also, if you really, really don’t want anyone to see you are wearing aligners, perhaps for a super-special event like a wedding, a hot date, a job interview, or a highly important business meeting, you can take them out for an hour or two.

Straighter teeth are likely to last longer because they are easier to keep clean and therefore less susceptible to decay and gum disease.

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Braces? What braces?

There have been some amazing steps forward in dental treatments and techniques in the last 20 or so years, with the result that people now expect far more of their dentists than a couple of decades ago.

Back in the 1980s, only film stars, models and royals could boast a bright, sparkling, white smile. Cosmetic dentistry was only available in large cities and cost a fortune.

Invisible Braces in BournemouthBut now at Castle Lane Dental Care, we use modern techniques and ground-breaking equipment to fit invisible braces in Bournemouth.

Invisible braces can correct over-crowded, gappy or crooked teeth. These problems can make people so self-conscious that they cover up their smiles with their hands, or refuse to have their photo taken.

But many people would rather that than suffer the embarrassment of the train-track, metal-mouth look of traditional braces. This is why your Castle Lane Dental Care team is delighted to offer invisible braces.

Invisible braces are a series of slightly different, very thin, clear resin trays that fit snugly over the teeth to gradually guide them into a new position. They look like mouth guards, but super thin. You wear each tray until the teeth have moved so that the pressure created has worn off. Then swap one brace for the next, which will move your teeth on again. The wonderful thing about these invisible braces, and what makes them so popular, is that you can take them out. This means that you can clean them and your teeth more easily.

We also offer another, almost invisible, type of braces under the brand name of Six Month Smiles. This uses clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires, which are fixed to the teeth to gently move them into a straighter position. This system is aimed at moving the front six ‘social’ teeth, and not for bite correction, which is why the average treatment time is a mere six months. The fact that this system uses translucent brackets and tooth-coloured wire means people have to be looking pretty carefully to spot them.

Why not come in for a free consultation to find out which system of invisible braces will work for you?

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Smilelign braces

Smilelign treatment starts with a visit to your dentist at Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth, who will examine your teeth and take moulds. These moulds are scanned in the Smilelign laboratory and 3D images are produced.

invisible-braces-in-bournemouthUsing the latest software technology, the 3D image of your teeth is assessed and a treatment plan made specifically for you. Your dentist will discuss each stage of treatment with Smilelign technicians before a series of aligners are custom-made for you. Each aligner is minutely different, moving your teeth in gradual stages to their new position.

The Castle Lane Dental Care team use the most innovative software and 3D scanning equipment to plan your treatment. The biting surfaces of your teeth and the shape of them are assessed to determine how they fit together now and how they will fit together when your treatment is complete.

How do they work?

Smilelign treatment is completed using a series of virtually invisible, removable aligners. These aligners are changed every two to four weeks, to enable you to move on to the next stage of treatment.

The process can take as little as 12 weeks, depending on the changes that you require. Each aligner is carefully designed for your teeth and will move them in very small increments little by little, week by week.

You will wear the clear aligners until they have moved your teeth to the final position prescribed by your dentist.

Treatment times can also be really quick. Dependent on your case and how far your teeth need to move, 3 — 12 months is a realistic time to create the smile you have always wanted.

Benefits of Smilelign

With Smilelign you can predict exactly how your smile will look, without the need for unsightly metal brackets and wires.

Each stage is precisely planned and tailor made, for your maximum comfort. Smilelign also provides stable, reliable and aesthetically pleasing results that you can rely on. This can then increase your self-confidence and make you love your smile again.

Smilelign in Bournemouth could be the cost-effective solution you have been looking for. So, why not give us a call and arrange your first consultation.

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Six Month Smiles

Do you cover your mouth when you laugh? Or turn away when the photographer says, “cheese”? If hiding your smile seems like the only option, maybe it’s time you discovered Six Month Smiles at Castle Lane Dental Care.

Six Month Smiles is a short-term invisible brace system that is ideal for crowded front teeth. It’s a fixed brace made of clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires that are much less noticeable than a standard metal brace.

invisible-braces-in-bournemouthSix Month Smiles uses low forces and this means our patients find it more comfortable than traditional braces. Plus, treatment time is very short. It can be as short as four to nine months with an average of six months for most of our patients.

How can it be done in such a short amount of time?

Six Month Smiles is a cosmetic treatment that focuses on only moving the teeth that show when you smile, known as the ‘social six’. Because the system uses the latest technology, it takes less time than traditional braces.

Can I take them out?

No, Six Month Smiles braces are fixed, which increases the speed of the treatment time. But because the brackets and wires are barely visible, wearing braces all the time has less impact on your appearance.

Are they comfortable?

You might think fast results means your invisible brace must be very tight and uncomfortable. But in fact, Six Month Smiles only needs low force to move your teeth gently. It’s a cosmetic solution that aims to change how your teeth look rather than how they bite.There is no greater risk to the health of your gums with Six Month Smiles, than with traditional metal braces.

What happens after the end of my treatment?

After any teeth straightening treatment, there is the risk that teeth will creep back to their original position over time. To make sure your teeth stay in their new position, you can wear a removable retainer or choose to have one that’s bonded to your teeth. Your dentist at Castle Lane Dental Care in Bournemouth will help you decide which one is right for you.

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