You could be forgiven for thinking that braces are a relatively new idea, but you would be wrong. There is archaeological evidence that people have been using some form of braces for 2000 years or more. These braces were made from a variety of materials including gold wires and linen threads. The real study of orthodontic treatment began in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The principles behind the use of braces has never changed. By fixing wires or other materials to the teeth, your dentist is able to apply gentle pressure to your teeth. It is this pressure that gently adjusts the position of your teeth over a period of time. If you have been thinking about having your teeth straightened and would like to find out more about braces in Essex, we will be happy to advise you on the best option for you.
Something old, something new
Although all braces use the same principle to realign your teeth, the materials used have definitely changed. We are all familiar with the train-track style of braces worn by many children; they are obtrusive and difficult to ignore. The use of teeth-coloured wires and brackets in the case of fixed braces, or clear plastic retainers for removable types eliminates this problem.
Traditional, obtrusive braces are one of the reasons that many adults decide not to have their teeth straightened. Another reason for living with crooked, gappy or uneven teeth is the amount of time that it takes to complete the treatment. This is something else that has changed for the better. In many cases it is possible to have straight teeth in just six months.
Getting straight to the point
Depending on your personal requirements, it may only be necessary to straighten your front teeth. If your teeth are crowded, we may advise you that a small amount of enamel is shaved from some of your teeth. This is often enough to allow your teeth to be straightened, in more complex situations it may be necessary to remove teeth. We always regard this as a last resort, and will always do our best to find a better solution.
If you would like to find out more about braces in Essex, come and have a free smile consultation here at Simply Teeth.