What is it?
A lovely smile can just fill you with confidence, and cosmetic tooth straightening is a fast, simple and subtle way to get a straighter smile.
Is it right for you?
- Because I’m a dentist, I often see people who want to get straighter teeth, but don’t want or need to have to go through the pain and inconvenience of full orthodontic brace work.
- But if your teeth aren’t perfectly straight, have some gaps between them, or if you’ve got a bit of a gummy smile, cosmetic tooth straightening could be a much better choice for you.
- Instead of a mouth full of braces, cosmetic tooth straightening only focuses on your front six teeth, they’re also very discreet and only need to be worn for 6 months.
- They aren’t for fixing orthodontic problems, but they’re fantastic for making sure that the teeth you show when you smile are even, straight and looking fab.
What to expect
I use Cfast for cosmetic tooth straightening because it’s a really discreet system using clear brackets and tooth coloured wires so they’re really hard to notice.
When you start the Cfast treatment, I apply brackets to either the front or the back of your front six top or bottom teeth, and the wires apply gentle pressure to gradually push or pull the teeth into position over a period of about 6 months.
It might be exactly the same theory as full orthodontic braces, but where the old style braces are metal based and often uncomfortable, the C-fast braces are made of a modern composite (plastic) material that is much more comfortable.
The cost of C-Fast braces varies from person to person and is dependent on the severity of the movements that are required. The maximum price for a single arch is £1800 and £3000 for upper and lower cases.
For less severe crowding the cost will be discussed at your consultation appointment.
does it last?
Once your braces have came off and you are happy with your results you will be given removable retainers to wear at night as well as bonded permanent retainer on the back of your teeth.
The removable retainers are made of a thin plastic but can wear or discolour over time. Most patients opt for a new set every few years. This is inexpensive and replacements can be made quickly on site.
So long as you wear your retainers your teeth will stay straight indefinitely.