Crooked, uneven teeth can make their debut when your adult teeth come through. Many people feel insecure if they do not have an even smile with no gaps, but they also do not find the idea of having a metallic straightening appliance, permanently fixed to their teeth for a couple of years, a particularly attractive prospect either. If you have been reluctant to undergo straightening treatment because of the nature of the appliances, it may be time for you to speak to your dentist Bondi Junction about clear, discreet straightening appliances. Booking a consultation appointment will allow you to discuss your concerns with a trained professional and find out whether this treatment is suitable for you, as in some cases you may need additional treatment to complete your smile’s transformation. Overcrowding sometimes presents the need for tooth removal before the straightening treatment, so there is enough room in your mouth for your teeth to move with ease into their correct positions.
A treatment that fits around your lifestyle
A lot of people are reluctant to undergo traditional straightening treatments because of the commitments that come along with it. It can take up to twenty-four months to complete treatment in some cases, and the appliance itself is permanently fixed to the surfaces of your teeth, making it extremely noticeable. Non-fixed clear appliances give you much more control and freedom when it comes to your treatment. The appliance itself is made of a thin clear plastic and is custom-made to fit snugly over the tops of your own teeth. It is incredibly discreet and a lot more difficult to spot than the traditional appliance. One of the main differences about this appliance is that it is completely removable, making eating and brushing your teeth as easy as it ever has been. You still need to ensure that you are wearing your appliance for twenty-two hours of the day, otherwise your treatment may not work as it should.
Don’t let your treatment go to waste
Once you have undergone straightening treatment it is important that you take your aftercare seriously if you wish to prevent your teeth from returning to their original crooked positions. At your last treatment appointment your practitioner will provide you with a retainer to wear which will keep your teeth firmly in their new positions. Your retainer will be made of a clear, thin plastic and should be comfortable to wear. You will be required to wear your retainer constantly for around seven days after your treatment has ended, but after this you should be able to wear it only at night whilst you are asleep. Some people will need to wear their retainer at night for a few months, whilst other people may need to continue using it for several years after their treatment has ended or even the rest of their lives. Your practitioner will explain how to care for your retainer so it lasts you as long as possible, but if you lose it or it becomes damaged you will be able to get a replacement one easily by speaking to your practitioner.
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