Discreet and Comfortable Braces in Leeds

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Being stared at is remarkably uncomfortable, especially when one is trying to be professional. This is one of the main reasons why many adults, even though they are aware that their teeth are letting them down, decide not to get them straightened. How little they know about the benefits of braces in Leeds! There is no longer any need to suffer the discomfort and awkwardness of heavy-duty metal braces because for most realignments involving the teeth only, there are discreet and comfortable devices on offer.

People who are searching for braces in Leeds that don’t come with stares, comments and personal questions can visit a lot of dental practices, including Enhancedental. Most offer a range of ingenious braces systems that now allow people to get their teeth straightened discreetly and quickly.

Adult braces evolved over the last couple of decades to become more discreet. This has been driven by the discovery that a lot of alignment issues simply do not need the forces inherent in the heavy-duty braces aimed at youngsters in the 80s and 90s. Such braces were designed to align the jaws as well as the teeth. Realigning the jawbone is work that needs to be done while it is still young and malleable and has not yet hardened, which happens during the teen years. NHS funding is available to help pay for correcting such severe bite issues, although there are long waiting lists as funding is not inexhaustible.

Adult issues

It is assumed that by the time people reach adulthood, if they still need realignment, it will only be the teeth that need treatment. Adult braces therefore are often aimed only at realigning the front six teeth, which can be seen when people talk, eat and go about their daily business. These teeth have only one root, so they are easier to move, using less force. Smaller equipment can be used, and so fixed braces have smaller brackets that can be made of transparent ceramic and wires that are tooth-coloured.

Other braces systems employ mouth guard style clear aligners to push, rather than pull, teeth into position. These are removable for eating and cleaning, but have to be worn for at least 20 hours a day to do their work.