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Never before have there been more ways to get your teeth straightened - so here's the low down on how to fix wonky teeth for kids and grown ups.

So, you think straightening your teeth is, er, pretty straightforward? Braces on. Braces off. Retainer on. And – hey presto – you have the perfect smile.

And you know what? It is almost that simple. But these days there are more choices for teeth straightening than just the traditional metal braces. Modern braces come in all shapes and sizes, some of them so discreet that they’re virtually unseen.

Here we give you the low down on how to fix crooked or misaligned knashers – in easy bite-size chunks (sorry!) – thanks to Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic in Farnham.


Bespoke braces

This involves moving teeth using techniques that are designed to meet each individual’s needs. Orthodontics specialists will use computer software to help create this plan. Options include the bespoke Insignia braces, which are designed to move teeth precisely into position; Incognito braces which are discreetly positioned behind the teeth; and traditional braces that use elastic ties to keep the wire in the braces.


As the name suggests, this is a clear removable aligner. It can fix a range of teeth straightening issues, such as overcrowded teeth, widely-spaced teeth, crossbites, overbite and underbites. Each aligner moves certain teeth, and is worn for up to two weeks before the being replaced by the next in the series. The results are an effect teeth-straightening system that gets results in 6 to 18 months.

Faster orthodontics

The quick solution! There are two options here: Cfast braces and the Inman aligner. With Cfast braces, discreet clear orthodontic brackets are fitted onto the teeth and joined with nickel-titanium wire to exert gentle pressure. Treatment takes six to nine months, and after teeth have been straightened, a fitted retainer will be fitted to hold them in place.

The Inman aligner is a removable brace with two clear plastic aligning bars that fit over your front teeth to align crowded or protruding front teeth with gentle pressure. These can be removed for eating and brushing teeth. The average treatment time is between six and 16 weeks and, like the Cfast, after teeth have been straightened, a fitted retainer will be fitted.

Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic in Farnham offer braces to children, teenagers and adults, and their team of experts can advise on the best brace for individual needs.




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