If electing to improve the appearance of your smile there are certain situations where it is not possible to create the ideal proportion and symmetry using restorative procedures, e.g. teeth are crowded (too many teeth for the space available), teeth rotated out of position, gaps between teeth that are too big for composite bonding and too small for bridgework. In these situations it is necessary to move teeth into the correct position. This can be all that is necessary, although often other cosmetic procedures (described previously) are also required.
The biggest advantage of orthodontics is that your own teeth are being used to create your smile, the need for maintenance and future replacement is therefore kept to a minimum. The potential disadvantage of orthodontics is that it generally requires a much longer time than most other treatments. Up to 18 months in many cases.
Our preferred Orthodontists are those at Edinburgh Orthodontics with whom we have been working for the last 15 years to achieve smile makeovers. In many cases once the teeth are in the correct position it is necessary to then carry out cosmetic dental procedures such as veneers to finalise the smile.
Edinburgh Orthodontics are one of the UK's foremost orthodontic practices and are able to provide the latest invisalign techniques as well as lingual orthodontics and orthodontic implants. This means that you can now have your teeth straightened without the need for unsightly braces.
There is a solution to having straighter teeth without having to wear the traditional unsightly metal braces. Known as invisible orthodontics, this type of treatment offers you the choice of wearing a clear and sometimes removable appliance while straightening and aligning your teeth.
This is often a favourable option for adults who have professional careers and don't feel comfortable wearing unsightly 'train track' braces for months on end. The technology behind invisible orthodontics is highly advanced and often gives patients a much shorter treatment time, depending on their individual cases. Here is an overview of how they work: