The difference between cosmetic braces and orthodontic braces

It is becoming more common for adults to choose to wear braces in Cheltenham, in order to fix cosmetic dental problems such as overcrowded teeth, uneven teeth and misaligned teeth. But there is a difference between cosmetic braces and orthodontic braces.

At Cheltenham Dental Spa we offer both cosmetic and orthodontic braces, for adults, children and teens, with 0% finance available.

Braces in CheltenhamOrthodontic braces explained

Certain types of braces in Cheltenham need to be prescribed and fitted by an orthodontist. Orthodontists differ from dentists in that they focus on misalignment of the teeth and jaw. Often this misalignment can cause other physical problems including facial pain, speech impediments, headaches and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

An orthodontics can deal with things such as an overbite or underbite, and overcrowded teeth or teeth that are too spaced out. Often children and young adults are referred to an orthodontist to fix certain problems while their teeth and bones are still growing. Our orthodontist has lots of experience in helping kids and teenagers get the smile they want.

Cosmetic braces in Cheltenham

A dentist can deal with many of the same problems that an orthodontist can, but generally a dentist will fit more cosmetically-pleasing braces or aligners. Some types of braces and aligners are designed to focus on just the front teeth, or are only suitable for mild orthodontic problems.

Cosmetic braces in Cheltenham will often take less time to work than the traditional braces likely to be used by an orthodontist. If the problem is not too severe, a less extensive treatment plan can be used.

Types of cosmetic braces

There are a number of different cosmetic braces available now. Systems such as Six Month Smiles are designed to focus on the front teeth and have very speedy results. These braces use clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires so they are less noticeable than traditional braces. Clear aligners such as Invisalign are extremely discreet and can work on a wide range of orthodontic problems. They are also removeable so do not interfere with eating, and can be removed for photographs if necessary.

To find out if you need cosmetic braces or orthodontic braces in Cheltenham, come to Cheltenham Dental Spa for a consultation.