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Cosmetic teeth straightening

What is cosmetic teeth straightening?

Cosmetic teeth straightening, also known as social orthodontics or short-term orthodontics, is an aesthetic treatment to straighten the front teeth in as little as six months. Solely focusing on your front teeth, forming the visible ‘social smile,’ cosmetic teeth straightening is only suitable for those seeking a cosmetic fix. With the bone at the front teeth being less dense than at the back, treatment can take much less time.

For cosmetic teeth straightening, your dentist may recommend removable aligners, or clear brackets and a tooth-colour wire on your front teeth. Both methods are less noticeable than traditional braces and gradually straighten the teeth.

If you have a clinical need for teeth straightening, you will need to opt for more traditional braces, as cosmetic braces won’t improve the way you bite, or the way your teeth function. Since cosmetic straightening isn’t a suitable option for everyone, you’ll need to attend a consultation with your dentist to find out what the right option is for you.

Find a Bupa orthodontist near you to discuss your options.

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The benefits of cosmetic teeth straightening

Cosmetic teeth straightening can improve your appearance and your smile. The main benefit of cosmetic straightening is that the average treatment time is quicker than other types of braces because it only focuses on your front teeth.

Cosmetic teeth straightening uses a type of a removable aligner or a discreet ceramic brace.

What are the different types of cosmetic teeth straightening?

Brand names for cosmetic teeth straightening systems include Invisalign, Six Month Smiles, Inman Aligners, and Cfast.

With some types of cosmetic straightening, a brace is attached to the front of the teeth, but it’s typically less apparent against your teeth than traditional fixed braces.

Invisalign treatment and Inman Aligners use custom-made aligners to gradually straighten your teeth.

How does cosmetic teeth straightening work?

Cosmetic teeth straightening focuses on moving the front six to eight front teeth that you see when you smile. Here’s how some of the systems work:

  • Six Month Smiles cosmetic teeth straightening uses tooth-coloured brackets and wires to move your teeth into the desired position.
  • Invisalign treatment and Inman Aligners use removable aligners that move your teeth by applying force to them over time. The Invisalign system involves transparent aligners, which means it’s virtually-invisible that you’re getting your teeth straightened.
  • Cfast uses a tooth-coloured brace that’s fixed to the front of your teeth. Cosmetic wires work in conjunction with ceramic brackets to gently align your teeth into a better position using very light force.

How long does cosmetic teeth straightening take?

It depends on how much work there is to do and how far your teeth need to be moved but cosmetic teeth straightening can take as little as six months.

Your dentist will give you advice about how long your treatment will take and how your teeth should look once you finish your treatment.

How much does cosmetic teeth straightening cost?

The cost of private cosmetic teeth straightening can vary depending on the complexity of the treatment and the type of braces you have. But cosmetic teeth straightening can be less expensive than traditional orthodontic treatment because only the front teeth are moved.

To get an accurate quote, go for a consultation with a Bupa Dental Care dentist who’s trained to provide cosmetic teeth straightening. Find a practice near you below:

Find your local Bupa Dental Care dentist offering orthodontics

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Bupa Dental Care is a trading name of Oasis Healthcare Limited. Registered in England and Wales number: 03257078. Registered office: Bupa Dental Care Vantage Office Park, Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook, Bristol, United Kingdom BS16 1GW.

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