Braces Braces are not as cumbersome or as unsightly as they used to be. Advances in dental technologies have led to more effective treatments that also address issues of comfort and cosmetics. This all means that whatever your age, you don’t need to put up with crooked, crowded or spaced out teeth.

You can undergo teeth straightening treatment at dental practices across London. For braces in Victoria, Hermes London Dental Clinic is one of several practices that offer a range of different braces, depending on your particular needs.

Fixed or removable?

Fixed braces or removable appliances both come with pros and cons, which a dentist can talk you through. In general, removable appliances work best for mild to moderate cases of crowding, spacing or misalignment, while fixed braces can also handle more severe cases. However good dental hygiene is more of a challenge with fixed braces, whereas removable appliances can simply be taken off when you eat, brush or floss. These factors, alongside your dental health, will all be considered when planning your treatment.

Exploring your options

Fixed metal braces have become more streamlined over the years. With Damon fixed braces, improved design means there is no need for the rubber bands commonly used with traditional metal braces. Damon braces use low friction forces to more comfortably and quickly nudge your teeth into place. This braces system is also available in ceramic, which more easily blends into the background of your teeth. Six Month Smiles similarly uses tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets for a more discreet look. Another subtle solution is lingual braces. These metal braces are attached to the backs of your teeth, where they are hidden from view.

Removable appliances come in the form of clear aligners. Smilelign uses a series of clear aligners to shift your teeth into straighter positions. They are designed using a 3D image of your teeth, created from impressions. Each aligner is worn for three weeks before the next one is swapped in. Wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours a day ensures a faster and more effective treatment.

Talk to your dentist to find out which solution is best for you.