Tooth Alignment or Adult Braces

Adult braces are quickly becoming the most popular and desired treatment option in dentistry.

There is no age restriction to straightening a person’s teeth. Adults are just as keen as teenagers to achieve a straight white smile. Adult braces differ over the traditional braces in that they tend to be more discreet with most people being completely unaware that you are wearing a brace at all.

Adult braces have been developed to give you maximum flexibility in terms of convenience and there are lots of options available. From clear transparent positioners to a removable aligner we at Bethcar Dental are able to offer the tooth alignment solutions below.

For fast, affordable straight teeth, discover our range of orthodontic options all available with interest free finance (subject to terms and conditions).

Inman Aligner ClearSmile Aligner Six Month Smiles CFast Braces Invisalign

The Inman Aligner is the perfect solution for crowding or protrusion of the front teeth. It is really fast, very safe and great value compared to other systems. With the patented Inman Aligner, your front teeth can be gently guided to an ideal position in a matter of weeks. Most cases complete in 6-16 weeks and because it’s removable you can remove it when its not convenient to wear it.

The Inman Aligner has Nickel Titanium coil springs that power two aligner bows that gently oppose each other, guiding the teeth into their new position. These gentle forces are active over a very large range of movement, which is why the Inman Aligner works so quickly.

ClearSmile Aligner is a clear removable cosmetic appliance designed to straighten your front 6-8 teeth. Clear Smile Aligner technology can straighten teeth that are crowded, rotated, tilted forward or backwards using exact impressions taken by a dentist.

You will be able to see the results before you start using our Archwize simulations and, once the result is approved, the custom-made ClearSmile Aligners are fabricated using the latest in 3D printing technology.

Each ClearSmile Aligner is worn for the prescribed amount of time and will move teeth into the desired position before the next ClearSmile Aligner is used.

Six Month Smiles® offers two types of treatment: Invisible Aligners and Clear Braces.

Six Month Smiles Invisible Aligners and Clear Braces are designed to straighten your teeth in about 6 months; due to this shorter treatment time than traditional braces/aligners it is generally less expensive. Find out more about it all works here.

Cfast is a simple cosmetic system which uses orthodontic appliances specially designed to straighten the front teeth of adults to provide a significant improvement in the appearance of their smile in a time frame of around 6 months (treatment should take no longer than 9 months but the vast majority are complete in a 4-6 month period).

Your dentist will be able to give you a rough idea of how long treatment will take in your case when you attend for your initial consultation.

Invisalign treatment is a virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth. Using advanced 3D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign shows you your complete treatment plan based on your Invisalign Provider’s prescription, from the initial position of your teeth towards the final desired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth to move them little by little.

Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, gradually moving towards the projected final position. The treatment time depends on your specific needs and will be decided by your Invisalign Provider.

Do I need braces?

Signs that you may benefit from braces are visibly crowded or crooked teeth, overlapping teeth, difficulty flossing between teeth, teeth that stick out. If you feel like you may benefit from teeth straightening please contact us for a free consultation where our team of dentists can assess your smile. They can talk you through your options for braces.

Do I need to avoid certain foods or drinks when wearing a brace?

If you have removable clear aligners like Invisalign then you should take those out before you eat or drink. So you do not need to worry about what items of food or drinks you consume. If you are wearing the fixed clear braces with brackets that are bonded to your teeth you should ideally avoid any food or drink that is ‘bright or deep’ in colour.

By that we mean foods such as curry, tomato-based sauces and smoothies that contain brightly coloured fruit or vegetables. Tea, coffee and red wine will also discolour the brace, this is because these types of foods can stain the brackets and elastics of the brace making them look unsightly. They do not damage the brace and won’t affect the movement of the teeth. We would advise to try and stick to ‘white coloured’ foods while wearing your fixed appliance.

Are fixed braces better than Invisalign?

Invisalign and other removable clear aligner systems like six month smiles have a number of benefits over fixed traditional braces.
• They are removable
• They are almost invisible
• They don’t restrict the types of food and drink you can consume
• They are virtually pain free
• They can be removed to brush our teeth making oral hygiene easier.

Fixed braces are worn 24/7 and are extremely effective at fixing complex tooth crowding. We offer both systems at Bethcar dental practice and we can advise you on what is the best option for your personal circumstance.

Can I kiss when wearing with Invisalign or six month smiles?

Yes! They definitely don’t stop people puckering up! Clear aligners like Invisalign are made up of super smooth plastic so they wont get in the way of that perfect kiss.

Is Invisalign painful?

No, but it can leave your mouth feeling a little sore especially when you change aligners. This is because of the pressure that is being applied to your teeth to get them to move.

Most people find clear aligners like Invisalign or six month smiles are much more comfortable than traditional braces.

Can I smoke while wearing my six month smile brace or Invisalign aligners?

You really should consider stopping smoking as in general it is not good for your health - we can sign post you to stop smoking assistance if you are ready to quit.

If you smoke with your braces in it can stain them badly and can also stain your teeth due to the nicotine in the cigarettes.