In recent years, adult orthodontics have grown in popularity. An increasing number of professionals have been seen sporting braces, using Invisalign or opting for other teeth straightening measures that will leave them with a perfect smile.

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For many, orthodontics were not required when they were younger or the funds were simply not available to pay for what is often considered cosmetic dentistry. Many adults would prefer to have straight teeth and with so many alternatives available on the market, they are now much easier to attain.

The most common choices for straightening teeth are the more traditional wire braces and Invisalign, a newer innovation that is able to shift teeth successfully.

All About Braces

Gone are the days of headgear and huge, heavy braces. Instead, thin wires and the option of clear plastic brackets have replaced the more heavy-duty equipment of the past.

Braces are ideal for anyone who needs a large amount of orthodontic work. They can be worn for as little as six months or as long as three years in order to position every tooth in the perfect place. Regular tightening sessions are required, and an orthodontist will adjust the braces to move the teeth into their correct position. A variety of wires, bands and other paraphernalia may be used during the treatment course. When braces are removed, a retainer must be worn nightly for an extended period of time.

Understanding Invisalign

An alternative to braces that has become very popular is Invisalign. Invisalign treatment is readily available for those in Wales who want to have the perfect smile. You can opt to have Cardiff Invisalign treatment through Cathedral Dental and results can be seen within as little as a few months.

Invisalign differs from braces in that the treatment plan consists of the patient wearing a series of virtually invisible aligners that look a lot like clear teeth whitening trays. These aligners are designed to manipulate teeth into place and will be swapped out along the way for different shapes to create the desired effect.

Invisalign aligners are designed individually, and each treatment plan is unique. The aligners have to be worn for at least 20 hours a day in order to be successful, and the treatment process must be followed diligently in order to ensure that the best possible results are achieved.