When you are told by your dentist that you may need braces to help realign your teeth, you may feel disheartened. If you are an adult, the idea of undertaking this form of dental treatment may not align well with your current career plans or you may feel worried about how others will judge you.
Luckily, as dentistry has evolved, so have orthodontic treatments, especially when treating adult alignment issues with discretion.
At Craigentinny Dental Care, we can offer aligners and braces in Edinburgh that are guaranteed to not interfere with your career or upcoming photoshoot.
Invisible braces – what are they?
If one of our dentists has told you that you have mild to moderate alignment issues in your mouth, you may be suitable to undergo treatment with one of our available brands of invisible braces in Edinburgh. Invisible braces are exactly what they say on the tin; they are made from clear, flexible plastic and are customised to fit over your teeth. They work by gently pushing your teeth into the desired position and unlike traditional braces, they do not pull your teeth or cause any pain.
These braces are typically removable and do not impact on what foods you are allowed to consume or interfere with your dental hygiene routine; you just take them out, brush and put them back in! Our dentists can advise you on which brand of invisible braces in Edinburgh you will be most likely to benefit from.
Your dentist may decide that you are suitable to undertake treatment with the Inman Aligner if you have misalignment or crowding at the front of your mouth.
It is removable and when correctly used, can straighten your front teeth in as little as 9 weeks, depending on your alignment issue. It combines the use of nickel titanium coil springs that power two aligner bows that gently work against each other; this allows minimal discomfort throughout treatment and also speeds up the treatment process.
You will be required to wear this aligner for 16-20 hours a day and will need to undertake check-ups of its progress every 2-3 weeks.
Six Months Smile aligner
As the name suggests, this aligner’s average treatment time is around 6 months and like the Inman aligner, it also treats crooked, spaced or crowded teeth.
The Six Months Smile aligner is much easier for general dentists to fit and requires less maintenance than traditional metal braces. Depending on the severity of your alignment, your dental team may decide to offer either a fitted or removable aligner, both of which will achieve the desired smile in around 6 months.
When fitted, the Six Months Smile aligner is colour matched to your teeth, so it is hard for others to notice with a naked eye. The removable aligners are usually clear and have to be worn for up to 20 hours a day for you to benefit from them.
At Craigentinny Dental Care, we are proud to boast a lengthy relationship with the Edinburgh community that spans 25 years, and can say with conviction that we consider ourselves to be part of the Craigentinny social tapestry. Relations between local residents and their dental practitioners here form the bedrock of what makes us a staple in the local community, and we pride ourselves in putting the individual needs of each patient at the forefront of our practice – rather than adopting a one-size-fits-all approach common in some other practices throughout the city. At Craigentinny Dental Centre, patient care is centred around the specific needs and requirements of the individual, and we offer a wide range of both cosmetic and structural dental procedures and methodologies – and only begin treatment when the patient is comfortable with both the procedure and the practitioner carrying it out.
Maintaining a healthy smile
One service which we offer at Craigentinny Dental Care is our range of dental hygienist treatments, to tackle and halt any visible signs of decay or neglect on teeth, and help patients maintain healthy and hearty smiles. We have three certified dental hygienists currently practicing out of our centre in Craigentinny – each chosen for their long experience, professionalism and care. Through a scale and polish treatment, whereby superficial stains from smoking, drinking tea or coffee or red wine are power cleaned off, patients can enjoy the squeaky-clean sensation of having their teeth restored to their former glory. This is an effective procedure in its instant clean-feeling results, as well as preventing any further detrimental damage being caused to teeth. More extensive and intensive hygienist treatment can be undertaken for patients who suffer from Periodontal or Gum disease to help control its spread and eliminate the disease at its core. Our Hygienists are also available for general consultations on home remedies and other good practices to ensure patient’s teeth are well maintained and the healthiest and best they can be.
For patients who suffer from anxiety or chronic fear of the dentist, but still require dental care – at Craigentinny Dental Care we offer intravenous sedation, whereby a sedative is injected into the patient which calms and sedates them, allowing the procedure to go ahead smoothly. Before undertaking dental sedation, we require all patients to fill out a short medical history form and to be made aware of the process of undertaking dental sedation.
Another treatment which we offer at Craigentinny Dental Care is the installation of invisible, discreet braces in Edinburgh and dental aligners. Many adults and younger patients may be deterred by the notion of undergoing dental alignment through standard ‘train-track’ fused braces which typically last over a year. Invisible braces in Edinburgh, such as our ‘Six Month Smiles’ treatment, allows patients to undergo alignment surgery in as little as six months time, and in such a way that it is virtually undetectable from the outside. These braces in Edinburgh are fused to the front of the patient’s teeth, however they are made of white brackets and tooth coloured wires, so they are far less detectable.
Metal braces have gone out of style but they are still a great way to align your teeth and get rid of bite problems. However, over the years an increasing number of adults have turned to alternative teeth straightening routes. Luckily, dental technology has come a long way and you can now benefit from other treatments which offer the same results as conventional braces without the trouble caused by metal brackets and wires.
At Craigentinny, we offer a comprehensive range of discreet braces in Edinburgh, so that you can straighten your teeth without bringing too much attention to your mouth. In order to determine which treatment is best for you, simply book a consultation appointment and we will examine your teeth carefully.
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles is a ground-breaking teeth straightening technique that can move your teeth into their correct positions within 6 months (or less!). Unlike traditional braces, Six Month Smiles braces in Edinburgh blend in with your natural teeth because they are made of transparent brackets. Six Month Smiles braces do not change the position of your bite and are more comfortable to wear than regular braces. These braces focus only on your front 6 teeth (the ‘social 6’) and work for almost everyone who wishes to have a straighter smile quickly and effectively.
Invisalign aligners help straighten your teeth with the power of 3D technology. The system consists of a series of plastic, removable, customised aligners that help position your teeth correctly over a specific period of time. At first, we will examine your teeth in order to check whether Invisalign is the right treatment for you and if you decide to proceed, we will eventually create your customised aligners. Simply wear them every day for at least 22 hours and take them out only when you have to eat, drink anything but water, brush and/or floss your teeth.
The Inman aligner
The Inman aligner is a discreet, removable device, which can fix problems such as crowding and protrusion of the front teeth. This straightening system consists of a pair of opposing bows that put force against each other, efficiently pushing and pulling your teeth into alignment.
In recent years, teeth straightening has become very popular among adults. Dental health knows no age limit and it is very common for patients to seek teeth straightening treatment later in life – even if they had braces as children. However, the biggest worries for adult patients who seek teeth straightening are treatment time and appearance. Not everyone likes the idea of a metal smile, and not everyone has time for lengthy treatments.
Advances in materials and techniques make braces in Edinburgh accessible for anyone, including adults who are self-conscious about their smile. At Craigentinny, clear braces are hardly noticeable because they are designed specifically for adults. Whether you opt for Six Month Smiles or the Inman Aligner, our experienced dentists will ease you through every step of the treatment.
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles treatment works just like traditional braces, but focuses only on the front teeth without altering your bite. This teeth straightening system is very subtle and ideal for adults who wish to change the appearance of their front teeth, since it consists of clear brackets and thin tooth-coloured wires.
The low-force pressure and short treatment time (6 months on average) result in fewer visits to our practice, saving you time and discomfort. Six Month Smiles usually costs less than traditional braces and is ideal for patients who want to straighten their teeth for a special occasion (i.e. a wedding, a graduation, a job interview).
The Inman Aligner
The Inman Aligner is not a new treatment – in fact, it has been used for quite some years now, but has recently gained popularity due to its subtle appearance over metal braces. This simple, removable and powerful appliance works much like a standard retainer but instead uses an innovative alignment system of opposing forces to correct misaligned or mild to moderately crooked teeth. Results are obvious in only a few weeks provided that you follow your dentist’s instructions closely.
Time to schedule a consultation
If you are an adult interested in braces in Edinburgh and you have questions about their functionality, you are welcome to book a consultation appointment with our dental team.
Expedience and invisibility are two keywords when looking for braces in Edinburgh. Traditional braces are highly effective; however, our patients have found that the time taken and the concession to looks is off-putting. Thanks to innovations in brace design, targeted solutions have been created that reduce treatment time. In addition to expediency, most straightening apparatus are made from tooth coloured brackets and wires or are made from clear plastic, creating braces in Edinburgh that are discreet.
At Craigentinny Dental Care we offer 3 such solutions that have been picked due to their targeted approach.
Inman aligners offer the quickest approach to teeth straightening, offering results in as little as 12-18 weeks. The braces consist of two spring-loaded bows that push against the teeth whilst the apparatus is formed from a thin metal wire and clear plastic. Although not completely invisible they are very discreet. They target only the front 6 teeth or ‘social 6’ and don’t correct overbite so can offer great results, quickly. Completely removable, they make eating and cleaning easy.
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles, similarly to Inman aligners, don’t correct overbite but concentrate on straightening teeth. They are fixed in place, using white plastic brackets and tooth coloured wires, rendering them highly discreet. They take between 6 months to 2 years depending on your specific aims. However, they are highly effective, creating long lasting results for misaligned teeth.
Invisalign is the most ‘invisible brace’ on the market. Made from clear plastic, the bespoke aligner fits tightly against the teeth. They gently move teeth into their new position over 9 to 18 months using a series of aligners.
During an initial consultation, we will discuss the best straightening option for you. Once your teeth have been realigned, we can use other dental techniques to perfect the look of your teeth. We can address the shape of teeth and gums; including cosmetic treatments such as veneers to even the look of teeth or give your teeth a youthful lustre with teeth whitening.
Braces in Edinburgh could be the start of a journey to the smile you have always wanted thanks to our multidisciplinary approach to dental practice.