Malocclusion refers to the misalignment of the teeth, and it’s a very common problem. In fact, it has been found that almost 75% of people across the world have teeth that are misaligned. Having teeth that are crooked, protruding or overcrowded has a variety of effects on a person.
People who suffer from malocclusion often suffer from a lack of confidence when it comes to their appearance. This can affect their ability to socialise, excel on a professional level and meet new people – including potential partners.
People who don’t have straight teeth find it harder to take good care when it comes to their oral health. This is because it is harder to clean in between the teeth, and makes it more likely that plaque will be left on the teeth. That plaque can then form into tartar which is then almost impossible to remove without the help of a dental professional.
Invisible braces: the solution?
Lots of people like the idea of getting their teeth altered so that are straight and even, but aren’t too sure about the traditional style braces that are usually associated with orthodontic treatment – and fear they will feel self-conscious about having obvious metal on their teeth.
For people who already lack confidence when it comes to their smile, this can be enough to put them off getting treatment altogether. In cases like this, invisible braces can be the ideal solution.
Invisible braces for teenagers
Teenagers no longer have to endure having metal braces, they can opt for invisible ones that are barely noticeable whilst allowing great results at the same time. Some kinds of invisible braces have been especially crafted for use by teenagers; and feature an indicator button that allows them to monitor how long they are being worn for each day. This can be very useful for young people to make sure that they are getting the best from their treatment.
Invisible braces for adults
There is no age restriction when it comes to getting the teeth straightened, and more and more adults are opting to get invisible braces. People enjoy the flexibility of being able to take them out for mealtimes; and most significantly, the fact that they are so subtle as to be barely noticeable to the outside world.
This kind of orthodontic treatment is also very popular because it can be completed in a much shorter period of time than with traditional style braces. Rather than a time period of years, treatment with invisible braces is usually done within months.
Invisible braces are becoming more and more common, and it’s not hard to see why. There is minimal or no discomfort during the treatment period; the braces and teeth can be kept clean with very little difficulty; and the patient gets to increase their self-confidence without making it obvious that they are having the work done.
This kind of treatment is not suitable for everyone. If there are underlying issues, these must be assessed and fixed first. The dentist can advise on the best course of action for the patient on an individual basis.