Why straightening your teeth is the healthy option

3rd October 2018 by cfast-login

Teeth are for life we’re told. So long as we keep as close eye on our diet, stick to a tip-top oral care regime and see our dentist regularly, we should be able to hang onto the smile we were blessed with long into our later years.

But what happens if our smile is less than perfect, our teeth are crooked and, as a result, we fail to keep them clean and healthy? What health risk does a wonky smile pose – as well as impacting on our confidence?

For Elizabeth Nein, it was the struggle to effectively clean her teeth twice a day that led her to seek a solution and improve her smile.

As a teen, the 41-year-old asset manager from London had a removable brace but she confesses, like many others at that age, she ‘never wore it’.

Thankfully cosmetic dentistry has come on leaps and bounds since then, boosting the number of adults seeking cosmetic teeth straightening solutions – and usually without the constraints of the traditional metal wires and brackets of yesteryear.

Elizabeth explains: ‘I was finding that I couldn’t clean my teeth properly because they were so crooked and I was worried about losing them too soon in life. I wanted to maintain a healthy smile and Jenni, my dentist, recommended Cfast.’

Dentist Jenni Grimes specialises in Cfast, the gentle, minimally invasive short-term orthodontic treatment for adults that uses sound clinical principles to straighten the upper and lower front six teeth.

Cfast braces are very often difficult to detect because they use tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets to gently straighten the ‘social six’ – or those teeth that show when we smile. And they impact very little on day-to-day life, too.

The ceramic braces certainly fulfilled Elizabeth’s expectations. She says treatment was ‘quick, painless’ and delivered results in less than 11 months. And the fact that they braces were discreet was ‘just an added bonus’.

They had no negative effect on her speech nor did she have to change what she enjoyed eating. She says: ‘I originally avoided eating anything that was crusty or hard to bite anything. But, after a while I could eat normally.’

She believes it is never to late to get teeth straightened and suspects it is the perceived cost that puts some people off – although many dental practices do offer 0% finance.

For Elizabeth, having a healthy straight smile ‘massively important’ – and, although her main reason for seeking cosmetic teeth straightening was for health rather than appearance, Elizabeth says: ‘It’s great to be able to smile with confidence again.’

She’s not alone. According to a recent poll1, there is a strong correlation between good oral health and confidence in our smile.

The system straightens teeth in a controlled and predictable way and uses lighter forces than traditional orthodontics, so it is more comfortable as well as faster – major considerations for today’s patient looking to improve their smile.

And, for those patients seeking total discretion, SmileTRU is the clear aligner option. The transparent positioners fit over your teeth to gently guide them into the desired position – comfortably and discreetly.

1. www.dentalhealth.org/News/how-do-you-feel-about-your-smile-nationwide-poll-says-three-in-four-like-what-they-see

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