Metal Mouth, Brace Face

Woman with braces holding a green appleRemember at school when some poor kid turned up with heavy-duty braces on their teeth? It was always the poor nerdy one who was very good at maths but not so good at football. Kids are not always very kind and it wouldn’t be long before that poor kid, shivering with their too big knees in goal, would be subjected to taunts of ‘brace face, metal mouth’ as they let in yet another goal. Poor loves. People don’t forget their innate fear of being the subject of playground derision, and so it’s no wonder that most adults would rather suffer having wonky teeth than wear metal braces.

Thankfully, some of those poor brace-wearing science genius nerdy kids, grew up to become researchers in dentistry and so it’s no surprise that in the last couple of decades, the dental industry has put a lot of work into producing different kinds of invisible braces in Clapham, available from various dental clinics such as Clapham South Dental Centre.

In Clapham, invisible braces is the umbrella term for any braces that are discreet and allow more of the teeth to be on view. There are basically 3 kinds:

Lingual braces

These are not so much invisible as hidden from view. They are metal bracket and wire braces that are fitted to the tongue side of the teeth. There is a bracket for each tooth, usually made from gold alloy. These are the best invisible braces in Clapham for dealing with more complex alignment issues. Because the brackets are custom-made for each tooth, it takes a few weeks to make them and people can wear them for a couple of years.

Clear aligners

These are about as invisible as it gets. Instead of brackets and wires, these are mouth guard style trays that snap on over the teeth. They are very thin, only 0.3mm and made from see-through plastic. They come out for eating and drinking and cleaning.

Ceramic braces

Brackets made from clear ceramic and strung together with tooth-coloured wires. They are more discreet than invisible, and tend to work on the front teeth only, taking about 6 months on average to do their work.