A Guide to Teeth Straightening
Individuals who are burdened with crooked teeth may find themselves shying away from social situations or public speaking, which ultimately could affect their relationships with friends and family, as well as have a negative impact on their career.
While this may only occur in more extreme cases, it is likely that anyone who has been self-conscious about a particular part of their body will have experienced a similarly low quality of life and avoided putting it on display at all costs.
However, the emergence of cosmetic dentistry in recent years – as well as its increasing accessibility among regular people – has seen thousands of people make the choice to do something about their issues, resulting in a confident and bright smile.
Should I consider teeth straightening procedures?
While many people are born with uneven teeth, many can see this occur over time as the structure of the mouth begins to change with age, or the loss of a teeth has resulted in gum erosion. Realigning teeth can be achieved through a variety of procedures, with some better suited to certain individuals than others. The emergence of innovative technology in the dental industry has alleviated the requirement for patients to endure months of wearing traditional metal braces, as aesthetically pleasing become more readily available.
Fixed Orthodontic Braces
Although there are less traditional methods of realigning teeth, the use of this type of installation is typically associated withyoung children. During this process, metal wires are attached to the front surfaces of the teeth with brackets.
Using these implements, the braces are gradually tightened over time to apply gentle pressure to the teeth and encourage them to move into the desired position – while the length of the process depends on the severity of the problem.
Patients looking to receive this type of treatment should book an appointment with their dental professional or orthodontist as soon as possible, to give them more time to enjoy a straighter, more attractive smile.
Due to developments in this area, a wide variety of brackets and braces systems are now available, including smaller tooth-coloured ceramic brackets and friction-free aligners.
These are the metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word "braces." However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious "metal-mouth" braces than many adults remember. Plus, new heat-activated archwires use your body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than in the past.
Pros: Least expensive type; colored bands give kids a chance to express themselves
Cons: Most noticeable type of braces
Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to be even less noticeable.
Pros: Less noticeable than metal braces; move teeth much faster than clear plastic aligners (Invisalign)
Cons: More expensive than metal braces; Brackets can stain easily if patients don’t care for them well
Lingual braces are the same as traditional metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of teeth.
Pros: Invisible from outside
Cons: Difficult to clean; more expensive; not appropriate for severe cases; can be more uncomfortable at first; regular adjustments take longer and are more difficult than with traditional braces
Invisalign consists of a series of 18 to 30 custom-made, mouth guard-like clear plastic aligners. The aligners are removable and are replaced every 2 weeks.
Pros:Almost invisible; Patients can eat and drink whatever they want.
Cons: Will not work for serious dental problems; only available for adults and teens, not children; more expensive option; can be easily lost and costly to replace; treatment may potentially take longer.
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