Discretion is the name of the game with braces in Watford

Woman holding an invisalignThere’s nothing more off-putting than being stared at when one is trying hard to concentrate, do one’s job and be professional. So, even though many people would like to get braces in Watford to realign their teeth, they’d rather stick with their wonky ones than go through months of being far too interesting to strangers. Fortunately, there are now all sorts of braces systems that are so discreet that people can get their teeth straightened with very little fuss and unwanted attention.

Most people who work with the public or have positions of authority don’t want braces that bring stares and comments, which would undermine what they do for a living. Many dentists, such as Cassiobury Dental, carry a range of braces in Watford, as each system does something specific, or is made to suit a particular purse and lifestyle.

Modern innovations for adults

Adult braces have evolved in design to become more discreet over the last 20 or so years because they are not aimed at carrying out the heavy-duty work of braces for youngsters. Often kids’ braces are designed to align not only the teeth, but also the jaws. Bite realignment must be done while the jawbone is still young and malleable. It hardens during the teen years. Severe bite issues can usually be corrected with NHS funding, although there are long waiting lists as funding is limited.

Adult braces therefore realign only the teeth. Often, they only work on the front six teeth, which are the most visible when people talk and eat and go about their daily business. These teeth have only one root, and are often only mildly misaligned, making them easier to move, with less force required. Smaller equipment can cope with the forces required, and the advent of clear ceramics meant being able to develop fixed braces with smaller, transparent brackets, strung together with finer wires that are tooth-coloured.

Teeth can also be straightened using mouth guard-style clear aligners. These push rather than pull teeth into position and are removable for eating and cleaning. They do, however, require more discipline as they have to be worn for at least 20 hours a day to do their work.