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Invisalign v Braces

For some, having teeth that are crooked or out of place can, if it is not fixed, mean that they become damaged, or there is a strain on the muscles of the jaw. To fix the problem will mean dental treatment. There are two methods of treatment available. The traditional way of using metal braces or the newer Invisalign clear braces. This raises the question as to which treatment works best. Since everyone is different, any decision will depend on the patient and what is best for them.

Braces

While braces today are much more comfortable and less noticeable than those of the past, they are still noticeable. They can never be completely invisible. Braces consist of brackets, wires, spacers and rubber bands. Once you have braces, you cannot remove them yourself. Since they are stuck to teeth, removal needs to be done by a dental professional.

The benefits of having metal braces are that they are meant to be functional rather than looking good. They also work faster at closing gaps and straightening teeth. On the downside, since food may become trapped, extra care is needed cleaning teeth and watching what you eat.

As for cost, treatment is available for children free on the NHS however most adults would likely need to have private treatment. The costs vary between providers but on average are usually around £2,000 to £2,500.

Invisalign

Another option to metal dental braces are clear braces from Invisalign. Being clear, they are barely visible. Such braces are custom moulded to fit in your mouth. Unlike metal braces, clear braces are regularly replaced with each one gradually changing the position of the teeth and correcting the problem.

Unlike metal braces the patient can remove clear braces themselves. This means that there is no need for them to watch what type of food they eat. Since food is not trapped in awkward places, there is no build-up of plaque. The patient can continue to brush and floss normally. There are other benefits of using clear braces. One of those being that as there is no metal, they tend to be much more comfortable as there is nothing to irritate the mouth.

How much someone might have to pay for this treatment will depend on the patient’s treatment. Depending on the provider the cost might be anywhere from £1,800 upwards.

Dental Implants v Dentures

Having one or more missing teeth is a common problem, especially among adults, but whilst having a missing tooth can cause embarrassment and sometimes discomfort, there are various ways to improve the appearance of your smile.

One such option is to wear dentures, but with recent advances in technology, people can now choose to have replacement teeth implanted into their jawbone.

Dentures

Dentures are false teeth that are usually secured with denture adhesive. Your dentist will take a mould of your mouth and jawline and this is then sent away to a specialist who will create your dentures. Once the final cast is fitted, minor adjustments can be made to ensure that it is comfortable and matches your individual bite.

With recent improvements to the quality and appearance of dentures, this cost-effective way of replacing teeth is a popular option. It is also a good choice for people whose jaws are either too weak or too unhealthy to support implants.

The main downside to wearing dentures is the fact that they can slip out of place if not secured with adhesive properly, which can not only cause embarrassment but can also be very uncomfortable. Another negative aspect of wearing dentures is that with age, the jawline can change, resulting in dentures having to be adjusted and realigned to the shape of the wearer’s mouth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are replacement teeth that are surgically implanted into the jawbone. After administering a local anaesthetic, your dentist will expose the jawbone, drill a hole and insert a metal post. Your gum will be stitched over the metal post and it will be left to heal whilst the bone grows around the metal post to make it secure. Another operation will then be required to fit the replacement teeth onto the metal post.

Although local anaesthetic reduces pain considerably, this kind of procedure requires invasive surgery which may put some people off. Other downsides to having dental implants are cost and time. As the procedure is far more complicated than having traditional dentures fitted, it is far more expensive and can take much longer to complete.

However, due to the metal post that is implanted into the jawbone, this kind of replacement tooth is far more secure than dentures as the metal post acts as a natural root for the tooth. Implants also look and feel like ordinary teeth, making you feel comfortable and much less self-conscious.