At Riverlands Dental, we offer braces for adults. The problems which may cause someone to seek braces later in life are: Crooked, rotated or overlapping teeth. This may affect your ability to smile as well as the ability to easily clean your teeth. We also find that some teeth can dig into lips or case people to bite their tongue or cheeks, as they are out of position.
As adults, we want a system that is relatively straightforward in ability to interfere with our busy schedules. We also want something that can be completed in time frame which doesn’t take an excessive amount of time.
From a practical point of view, we as dentists’ wanted to offer something which achieves the result without having to resort to unnecessary invasive dentistry. Therefore the goal should be to achieve an equal or better outcome when compared to porcelain veneers. This means it targets the movement and positioning of front teeth.
We offer both clear aligners such as Invisalign or Clear connect. These offer a great way in which teeth can be moved over a period of time. The main advantage is that is almost imperceptible to the eye. These allow most tooth movements to occur. The disadvantage is that they are most costly than the alternative.
The alternative is using ceramic brackets and wires which are white in colour to move teeth. This is often a faster and simpler process. Moreover it is a cheaper process as well. This is process known as Smile Fast and it done in collaboration with an orthodontist.
Both aligners and Smile fast use digital technology to plan the desired outcome and to calculate where the brackets on the teeth need to be positioned.
We always offer a referral to an orthodontist if the desire is to achieve something which won’t be possible with either of these two means.
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