Some of our adult patients had their teeth straightened in childhood, but have been disappointed to find their smile has relapsed. Others never had the opportunity for any type of tooth straightening when younger and, although they’ve thought about it for many years, have been put off by high costs, long treatment times and the embarrassment of highly obvious metal braces.
We use In-Line® Clear Aligners to offer a virtually invisible orthodontic treatment for overspaced, misaligned or overcrowded teeth. This subtle but highly effective system uses a series of tailor-made, removable aligners to gradually move teeth into the required position.
In-Line® is an ideal option for adults and teenagers who may feel self-conscious about wearing more obvious metal braces. It is also a comfortable choice, as there are no brackets or wires, and it works much more quickly than traditional braces. There is very little impact on your ability to talk or smile, allowing you to carry on with life as normal.
What does treatment involve?
Impressions are taken of the teeth so a series of custom made mouth trays can be created in Germany using specialised orthodontic technology. Each slightly different aligner applies a controlled amount of force and is worn for around 4-6 weeks so that teeth are gradually moved into their new position.
To work effectively the aligners should be worn full time, but they can be taken out for cleaning, eating, drinking or special occasions. Treatment time depends on the individual case, though it normally takes between 9-18 months.
As with all orthodontic procedures, a retainer will need to be worn following treatment to prevent teeth from moving out of their newly straightened position.