Smile Direct Fixed Braces? Why You Can Do It Without Wires!
Do you suffer from misaligned teeth, but fixed braces are absolutely not an option for you ? Good news, because the treatment portfolio for tooth corrections has been supplemented by an important form of therapy for a few years. We are talking about transparent Smile Direct aligners . The transparent aligners are not noticeable in everyday life, reliably correct tooth misalignments such as crowded teeth, gaps, crooked teeth and nesting and you can remove them at any time.
But what are the differences between adult aligners and braces ? And what is the best form of therapy for you? We compare the different treatment methods with each other and introduce you to both types of tooth correction below.
How long has the invisible aligner for adults been around?
The method, also known as “aligner therapy” , came onto the market in German-speaking countries for the first time in 2004 and is a form of therapy for tooth gaps, crooked and twisted teeth recognized by the Smile Direct aligners for Orthodontics. The method has been scientifically researched, has proven itself millions of times and corrects tooth misalignments in the anterior region more gently, precisely and inconspicuously. Toothed aligners can be easily integrated into your everyday life: simply take out the aligners to eat or brush your teeth. Since some patents expired in 2017, the technology has been further developed and is enjoying increasing popularity.
When does a tooth correction make sense?
Even if a tooth misalignment was corrected in adolescence, a further shift of the teeth, a so-called recurrence , cannot be ruled out. Grinding, tooth loss, gum disease or tooth migration to the middle of the jaw can cause new misalignments at any time, which, if left untreated, develop further in the course of life. As a result, those affected suffer from crooked, twisted and nested teeth or from tooth gaps.
To avoid further secondary diseases such as tooth decay, inflammation of the gums and degradation of the tooth substance due to the misaligned teeth and the associated difficult dental care , dentists usually recommend professional tooth correction . Different forms of therapy are used, depending on the patient’s age and further living conditions . The most popular are:
- Invisible aligners
- Fixed braces
- Special forms such as the Incognito braces
Effectiveness and personal suitability
1. The fixed braces
As the name suggests, the fixed braces are fixed on the teeth and cannot be removed by yourself for the duration of the treatment. The individual anchoring points, so-called brackets, are mostly glued or cemented to the outside of the teeth and provided with bands and arches. Fixed braces, the brackets of which are attached to the inside, are called lingual braces in dentistry. These are more discreet, but also a lot more expensive.
The teeth are moved into the desired end position by constant pressure and tension. The negative side effect is the pain that can occur every time the orthodontist tightens the archwires at regular intervals in order to maintain the pressure.
In addition, many patients perceive the wire frame in their mouth as a foreign body and feel restricted when speaking and chewing.
2. The transparent aligners
Transparent aligners correct slight to moderate tooth misalignments in the front teeth area and are in no way inferior to fixed braces in terms of their Smile Direct aligners effectiveness. Toothed aligners are suitable for straightening:
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Protruding teeth
- a diastema mediales
- a cross bite in the anterior region and
- Tooth gaps
Similar to braces, the action of removable aligners is based on building up pressure on the teeth. However, no fixed multiband apparatus is required for this.
Straight teeth are easy
This scan is free of charge and is created by the dentist
Our medical team will then create your individual treatment plan, Including 3D simulation that shows you exactly what result you can achieve with the Smile Direct aligners. You can also see in advance how long the treatment will take and which level of complexity applies to your case. Based on the complexity (easy, medium or complex), we calculate the price package that we offer you at a transparent fixed price, with no hidden extra costs. If you decide to have your teeth straightened with and book your aligners via our website, we will create all your aligners (an average of 12 to 48 pieces) in our in-house dental laboratory and deliver them conveniently to your home.