Most people are looking for ways to save money, and certainly not to have to spend it if they don’t have to. But having a good smile is very important and so many people are faced with a dilemma. Can they have braces without having to pay out a lot of money for the specialist services of an orthodontist in Liverpool?
Well, yes they can, especially if the patient only has mild to moderate alignment issues going on. There has been a quiet revolution in braces during the last couple of decades that means that with the simpler cases, the braces manufacturers can do the calculations and planning required in braces treatment and all the dentist has to do is fit them. This means that there is now a new kind of braces dentist known as the cosmetic orthodontist in Liverpool. These are not dentists who have spent 2-3 years pursuing in-depth postgraduate training in orthodontics, but they are trained to fit various implements for simpler realignment issues. Various dental practices offer this service, including Liverpool Smile Studio.
Devices they can offer include:
Clear plastic aligners that look like very thin mouth guards. Invisalign aligners come in a series. The patient wears each one for 7-10 days, during which time the built-in pressure points carefully nudge the teeth along the path to alignment. These are super popular because the aligners cannot be easily seen once they are in place, and they come out for eating and teeth-cleaning, which makes them very convenient for many adults getting their teeth straightened. The average treatment time is one year.
Six Month Smiles
Discreet brackets that are smaller than normal and made of clear ceramic. They are strung together with fine tooth-coloured wires. This device works on the front 6-8 teeth only and takes an average of 6 months to do its work.
The Inman Aligner
This removable device is for the front teeth only. Two spring-loaded aligner bows go in front of and behind the teeth and work in opposition to pressure the teeth into alignment. The aligner doubles up as a retainer. Treatment takes 6-18 weeks.