I want to show you this case of a 17 year old girl that I completed last week.
She attended six months ago complaining of not being happy with the look of her upper teeth. She didn't like the gap between her upper central incisors.
We discussed the options she had available. This would either be a quick fix of upper veneers or clear braces. I was keen for her not to have veneers as I felt she was too young to have teeth prepared and cut for veneers. So we decided to go ahead with clear braces. The type used was a brand called Insignia. These braces tend to just move anterior teeth, so for this case, this is perfect.
The clear aligners were worn for six months without issues. Afterwards I tidied up the upper central incisors with very small anterior composites on the edges.
She was very happy with the result and has now had upper and lower fixed wires placed and also she will wear night time removable retainers.
After teeth are moved it is VERY IMPORTANT to retain these teeth in the new position, if not the teeth will relapse back to the original position within a few months if NO RETENTION is provided.
Retainers can also be fixed or removable. Both have advantages and disadvantages. The advantage of fixed wires is that they are there permanently and will be consistently retaining the teeth. the disadvantage is that it is not possible to clean the teeth interdentally with floss, so oral hygiene can be compromised.
The advantage of removable retainers is that you can maintain your normal oral hygiene routine and the flip side is you have to be motivated and remember to put these in!
Hope you enjoy this blog and photos. Do contact me if you have any questions or would like a consultation about anything you would like changing in your mouth.