If you have misaligned, crooked or protruding teeth, you may have considered having a brace. Braces are used to treat problems with jaw and teeth alignment, which can cause underbites or overbites. Leaving these issues untreated may cause problems in the future, including trouble with biting and chewing that can affect your diet, as well as difficulties with speaking clearly.
Having teeth crossing over each other can also make them difficult to clean. This means tooth decay and gum disease are much more likely to occur, which in turn could result in potential teeth extractions. Gum disease is also linked to wider health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Getting you teeth straightened therefore has more than just aesthetic implications.
Who do I go to?
You will need to visit a dentist who provides reliable and effective braces, such as those at PDC Dental in Barnsley. They offer all patients a full oral assessment to determine the best course of treatment. There are many more options for braces today than ever before; one popular treatment choice is Invisalign.
Invisalign is a modern take on traditional braces and utilises clear plastic aligners to create almost invisible braces.
The first stage of your treatment is always an initial consultation. During this consultation, you and your dentist will discuss your case in detail to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. This will also be your opportunity to ask any questions or raise any concerns you may have about the procedure.
Your dentist will take x-rays and impressions of your teeth, which will be used to create a digital 3D image of them. From these images your dentist will create a precise treatment plan, including the prediction of the exact movements of your teeth.
Using this technology your dentist will be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of your treatment. While every case is unique, treatment typically takes approximately a year for adults.