It’s well-known that, in north London, braces are used to correct misaligned teeth and jaws in children and teenagers. Overbites, underbites, crossed bites, crooked, crowded, spaced or twisted teeth can all be resolved with a braces stint.
However, what isn’t so commonly known is that adults can also benefit from braces in north London. It’s true that major readjustment work needs to be done before age 18 when the jaw sets hard, but teeth can move around in the jaw at any age. And the great news for grown-ups is that the braces that fix these sorts of problems are available from a wider range of dentists, not only teeth straightening ones. High street practices such as Denchic Dental Spa fit patients with adult braces in north London.
There are a few different types of adult braces in north London, including these 3 major brands: Six Month Smiles, Inman Aligner and Invisalign.
Six Month Smiles
These braces use traditional brackets and wires but with one big difference: they’re tooth-coloured. The brackets are ceramic, and the metal wires are coated in an enamel-matching material, so they blend in with the teeth.
They also work fast, because they fix the front 6-8 teeth only. Because of this narrow focus, these braces in north London take only 4-9 months to do their work – or 6 on average, hence the name.
This uses a different type of braces technology: a pair of aligner bows push and pull the teeth into position. The benefit of this approach is that the work can be completed fast and comfortably. Results are seen in only 6-16 weeks.
The aligner is removable, so can be taken out for a short period of time if the patient wants to be super discreet. But, with only one thin wire on show, there’s not too much brace in the way.
These clear aligners are both removable and transparent. They fit very well into a patient’s lifestyle and the only challenge is remembering to take out and clean the aligners when eating or drinking anything other than plain water.
The aligners use specially-designed pressure points to nudge the teeth into position. Invisalign is effective in 12-18 months