For mildly misaligned teeth

If you got through your early years without the dentist suggesting that you needed braces, chances are that you were lucky enough not to suffer from severe alignment issues with either your bite or your teeth. However, you’d have to be extremely lucky not to have a little bit of misalignment; hardly anyone’s teeth come through perfectly. Most of us have a bit of a twist, a lean in or out, a cross-over, or a tooth that didn’t quite make it all the way down.

Orthodontics in LoughtonBack in the day, no one would have thought anything more of such minor alignment issues, but here we are in 2018, when perfect teeth are becoming mandatory, and you could well be one of the many people who’d like to get that little alignment problem sorted out, if only you could find a quick and easy way to do so that wasn’t going to make your teeth look like the insides of a cutlery drawer.

Well, here at Forest Dental in Loughton, we think we have got the answer to your orthodontics issues. We use Cfast, which is a quick, easy and discreet way of straightening mild misalignments on the front 6 teeth. In the dental profession, these are known as the ‘social 6’ because they are the ones that people get to see the most of when you speak, eat or laugh.

Fortunately, they are also the ones with only one root; the ones at the back have 3. Having only one root to move makes realignment quicker and easier to do with gentler forces. You could find that you have got rid of the wonky look within a matter of only 8 weeks, for example. The average treatment time is 5 months.

Cfast braces are bracket and wire braces, which give more predictable movements than clear aligners. The clear ceramic brackets are cemented onto the teeth and linked together with tooth-coloured wires. The tightness of the wires and the angle at which the brackets go onto your teeth are what get the teeth to move.

Once your teeth are in their correct position, you will have to wear a retainer for some time to keep them in place while everything settles down.

Is vanity such a bad thing?

Throughout history people have been very concerned with how they look. For thousands of years, we have been dreaming up ways to improve our skin, hair, faces, and our smiles. Now it seems that we are at one of those peaks in all sorts of technologies to improve looks, and that includes an explosion in the numbers of people getting their teeth straightened, and the number of ways in which it can be done.

Orthodontics in LoughtonAlthough not many people in our modern times have naturally straight teeth, they are meant to be straight, and when they are, our teeth are much healthier. They are less prone to decay and gum disease because there are fewer nooks and crannies for bacterial plaque to hide away in. This means that with straight teeth, we have more of a chance of hanging on to our natural chewing equipment until far into old age, maybe even until we die.

Good looks and good health

So, wanting straight teeth is not just about wanting to look good, it is also about optimum oral health. Along with that comes better emotional health because straighter teeth mean less self-consciousness about smiling. When we smile spontaneously, we release the natural feel-good chemical serotonin, and then we feel happier, smile more, and our path through life can become smoother.

That’s why at Forest Dental in Loughton, we see orthodontics, the branch of dentistry concerned with aligning the teeth and jaws, as a vital part of our work.

Many of our adult patients have issues only with the front six social teeth. These are the teeth that are on display when we talk and smile. If they are wonky, they can stop us being as expressive as we’d like. However, adults don’t necessarily want to go through orthodontic treatment with braces that dominate the mouth. This is where braces from CFast come in. It’s called CFast labial.

CFast labial can produce result in as little as eight weeks, with an average time of five months. It uses discreet clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires to do the job. This is a great system for simple corrections to the front six social teeth and gives more predictable results than clear aligner systems.