Adults Deserve Straight Teeth Too

Braces and their results

It may seem like human teeth are cemented into place, but they can, in fact, shift around within the jaw, and this mobility never goes away. This is great news for those with wonky teeth, whether they are 90 years old or 12 years old. Age is no barrier to the benefits of braces in Leeds.

All that is required to shift the teeth in the jawbone is gentle but sustained pressure. After 72 hours, they start to move. The bone acts to reduce the pressure by breaking down in front of the tooth and building up again behind it. In Leeds, braces are the means by which this pressure is maintained. They are available from various dentists, including Enhancedental.

Traditional braces have wires that are attached to carefully angled brackets cemented onto the teeth. The angles determine the direction of the pressure, and the pressure is determined by how tightly the wires are strung. When the pressure eases, the wires on the braces are tightened. This happens every few weeks.

On clear aligner braces, the pressure comes from carefully designed pressure points inside the aligners. It feels like the aligners don’t quite fit properly. How much and where it doesn’t quite fit determines how the teeth will be moved. Once the pressure wears off, instead of wires to tighten, the patient switches to a new aligner. How many aligners a patient gets through depends on their alignment issues.

Adults who need braces in Leeds usually want them to be as discreet as possible, hence the plethora of clear or invisible braces on the market. Some braces have been designed to be cemented onto the backs of the teeth, so that they are completely hidden from view. This sort of braces system uses brackets and wires and are very good for more complex alignment issues, including moving the back teeth.

Clear aligners are so thin that few people can tell they are there, once they are snapped on over the teeth. There are also braces that feature smaller, clear ceramic brackets and tooth-coloured wires. They may not be invisible, but they blend in with the teeth rather than dominating them.