Everyone knows about dental braces either from personal experience or from seeing them on other people. If you are a parent and had to wear a brace in your youth, you may not realise how far the technology has come in the last ten years. The old fashioned fixed metal brace still exists but it has been improved upon and is now no longer quite as tortuous as it once was. As well as this, there have been a number of new developments in brace technology that has allowed the development of incredible new brace systems such as the Invisalign treatment and the Inman aligner.
The Inman aligner is a new system that has come to the UK from the US and taken the country by storm. It is capable of transforming the appearance of a smile and straightening teeth in only a tiny fraction of the time it used to take metal braces. In some cases, the Inman aligner can straighten teeth in as little as ten weeks. Although it has to be said that it is mostly suitable for minor alignment problems.
Invisalign is a system that involves clear plastic braces that completely reduce the visual impact of the braces, always one of the biggest drawbacks of wearing metal braces. This means that teenagers and young adults can straighten their teeth without the feeling of self-consciousness that used to come with the fixed metal wire and bracket braces.
As well as these two systems there are also the Damon brace and Six Month Smile, both of which are more similar to the old style braces but with several key improvements most notably in terms of speed and effectiveness of treatment. You can find out all about the new types of braces on offer at your next appointment with your Chepstow dentist.