What do you think of when you think of braces? We at Hermes Dental Practice Victoria always remember those awkward teenage years. This stands true to real life as well as imagination. Braces are usually given to children around their early teens (the most awkward years of your life of course) as your jaw is growing and will move along with your teeth. However, despite some issues, the NHS states that ⅔ children don’t medically need braces. This doesn’t mean your teeth won’t be affected, just the NHS don’t see a health reason to intervene. They don’t really take into account the mental health issues associated with teeth. Those who are self-conscious about braces are much more likely to be socially reclusive and shy.
This is why we at Hermes Dental Practice Victoria offer a variety of orthodontic treatments for adults. We feel that any adult should not feel self-conscious about smiling. Smiling is the main way we as humans show joy, in fact, people who smile more statistically live longer! Let’s delve into the orthodontic world of adult braces and why we believe that invisible braces are the best choice for any adult looking for braces.
What is Orthodontics at Hermes Dental Practice Victoria?
Herme’s Orthodontics is a form of cosmetic dentistry. Any dental treatment for health issues would have been provided by the NHS at a younger age. As mentioned before, mental health isn’t taken into account too much when the NHS is looking at it so they focus on physical health. Orthodontics is a special branch of dentistry that deals with preventing and correcting the irregularities of the jaws and teeth.
The treatments involve using specially made braces for your oral condition. The expert, who handles such cases and carries out the treatment is called an orthodontist. This professional possesses the necessary knowledge and skills, beyond the standard dental school curriculum, to diagnose, prevent and treat all types of facial and dental irregularities. Orthodontic treatment caters to both functional and aesthetic aspects by properly aligning and straightening the teeth.
Our orthodontist says that problems with your teeth can either be inherited through your genes or be caused by external factors. Some of these external factors can occur in childhood, hence why you can get braces as a child but also later in life which is why Hermes includes adult braces. This can include things such as:
- Thumb sucking
- Gum or tooth decay
- Trauma or accidents
- Premature loss of baby teeth
- Crowding of teeth
- Irregularly positioned teeth
- Having extra of missing teeth
Why Get Invisible Braces From Hermes Dental Practice Victoria?
So what are the benefits of invisible braces? Many adults quiver at the idea of getting braces, reminded of this awkward teenage connotation mentioned before. Braces are also notoriously uncomfortable and are generally considered unsightly by other adults. If you are already self-conscious about your teeth and smile, then you probably already have ruled out having braces for similar appearance reasons.
The health benefits of braces are undeniable though, so the superficial fears should really take a backseat. It is important to remember that straighter teeth are healthier teeth. When your bite is properly aligned and your teeth are straightened, there are fewer gaps and areas for food to get trapped and plaque to build up on the teeth, causing decay. In that sense, invisible orthodontics is a long-term investment in your oral health.
Most adults are sold on the health benefits sold above, however, they are still held back by the potential embarrassment. This is where invisible braces come in. They allow you to have the health benefits with none of the appearance-related downsides. This is often a favourable option for adults who have professional careers and don’t feel comfortable wearing unsightly ‘train track’ braces for months on end.
One of the other benefits of this technology is the shorter treatment time. The technology behind invisible braces is highly advanced and often gives patients a much shorter treatment time, depending on their individual cases. You can enjoy the benefits of braces without it affecting your confidence or social life. Some options are removable too so you can take them out for big important meals in your life to fully enjoy them.
What Invisible Braces Options Does Hermes Dental Practice Victoria Offer?
Like teeth, braces come in all shapes and sizes. There are a variety of orthodontic treatments at Hermes Dental Practice Victoria for adults. At the Hermes London Dental Clinic, patients can have a wide and impressive range of orthodontic treatments, using the latest technology. There are a couple of great options provided by Hermes, both fixed and removable.
Fixed – Lingual Braces
The fixed option we provide is Lingual Braces. These braces use the same technology as regular braces but with one change. Instead of on the front of your teeth, Lingual braces attach to the lingual (tongue) side of your teeth. This makes them completely invisible unless you’re literally looking inside someone’s mouth.
lingual brace will look and function just like a fixed brace, using brackets and wires to gradually move your teeth. In the case of lingual braces, though, the brackets are custom-made to fit the more irregular back surfaces of your teeth. If you’re looking for a discreet brace, this is the crème da la crème of ‘invisible’ braces.
The benefits are that they almost all problems with crooked teeth and are completely invisible. However they can sometimes take time to get used to, your tongue may be irritated by the harsh metal at first. They also require a lot of skill to implement, so not every dentist can do it. Thankfully, at Hermes Dental Practice Victoria we have all the skills needed to fit them.
Removable – Smilelign Clear Aligners
Removable braces give you greater flexibility. Despite being completely invisible, sometimes just wearing them can throw you off your stride. If you have an important business meeting or just a meal to mark a special occasion, braces can hinder you. With removable braces you can take out the braces to hit your stride as you normally would.
Smilelign is a completely clear and invisible teeth aligner treatment. The treatment consists of a series of clear, removable aligners, which are worn for 3 week intervals. Each aligner, moves your teeth by a very small amount, as your progress through the series of aligners, your teeth will become straighter and better aligned.
The benefits of using this treatment are that Smileign can be removed for eating, drinking and teeth brushing and looks very inconspicuous. Your clinician will also be able to show you a digital representation of how your teeth should look once you finish your treatment. The only downsides are that you have to be strict and actually wear them for an extended period of time, and they aren’t suitable for some more complex teeth issues.
Contact Hermes Dental Clinic Victoria
So now you can see you don’t have to compromise your self-confidence to get that winning smile. Braces are more convenient than ever for adults with invisible brace treatment options. We at Hermes have an expert team of top-class professionals to help you along your journey. We are open for times that suit you, we understand that the modern working professional needs their dentist to be flexible. Contact us now to hear more and transform your smile.