The benefits of a boost to self-esteem are often underestimated. Many of us go through life feeling that we just need to get our head down, get on with it, and hope for the best. In a busy work and family life, there may not be much time to focus on the self, but there are some simple ways to help improve self-confidence that have long-lasting effects.
Cosmetic dentistry may not immediately spring to mind as one of those, seeming like it’s the preserve of the rich and famous. While that used to be true 20 years ago, modern dental technology has made it more affordable and accessible than ever. In Orpington, braces fitted at dental practices such as Orpington Dental Care are one cosmetic method that can make a world of difference to a smile.
No one will know
Say braces and it conjures up images of teenagers with metal train tracks on their teeth. While traditional bracket and wire braces are still a very effective way to correct serious misalignments of the jaw, if it’s just the teeth that need a mild correction, cosmetic braces do the job very well – and without announcing to the world that someone is wearing braces.
There are many different kinds of discreet braces available, let’s take a look at two of the most popular kinds.
These clear aligners are not braces in Orpington as we know them. They are more like mouth guards, made of thin, clear plastic. They snap onto the teeth and gums and because they are transparent, once they are on, they can’t be seen – unless someone is examining them at close quarters. They are also removable so can be taken out for eating and cleaning.
Invisalign is great for correcting mild to moderate misalignments of the teeth and treatment time is 9-18 months.
Six Month Smiles
These braces use the same technology as traditional metal braces, except they are made of ceramics and tooth-coloured wires, so they blend in with the teeth. They work on the front six teeth only – the ‘social six’ that show most often when we smile. Because they are only working on a small area, they can be effective in just 4-9 months.