If you are exploring different teeth straightening methods, the first thing you should know is that traditionally adolescence was considered the right time to undertake to fix uneven or crooked teeth, a time when all your adult teeth are well formed. But, recent improvements in technology have made it possible for adults and teens that missed the traditional window can still get their teeth straightened and smile with greater confidence. Yet, the abundance of methods to straighten your teeth has also given rise to more confusion on what method is best for your situation. We have therefore collated a guide to teeth straightening methods and orthodontics to help you with this task.
A straight smile is a beautiful smile that radiates confidence and happiness. Invest in the beauty of your teeth, and watch your smile transform into a work of art that will leave a lasting impression.
Why having straight teeth is important
Straight teeth are important not only for a beautiful smile. Straight teeth improve your dental health, prevent a wide range of medical issues, and gives you enhanced confidence. Further, straight teeth make it easier for you to clean, keep the gums healthier, and minimize cavities. With straight teeth, you will also enjoy better jaw health and avoid jaw pain. Additionally, your chewing and eating will get better and help better digestion.
Teeth straightening methods
The most effective and recognizable orthodontic treatment for getting a straighter smile is metal braces. The archwire that is part of metal braces helps in applying pressure to the crooked teeth and shifts them gradually into place. Traditional braces are very reliable and an effective method of treatment though many teens and adults prefer other methods like the invisible aligners because of the more desirable aesthetics they provide. About 18 to 36 months is the time required for effective results from the metal braces.
Clear aligners are invisible, custom-fitted, and plastic aligners that can be removed. As opposed to the metal braces, clear aligners are barely visible making it a preferred method for young adults and teens. These aligners are provided in multiple sets with each set worn for about two weeks before switching to the next set. In this process, your teeth gradually and safely shift into place. Clear aligners can treat a variety of oral health issues like:-
- Open bite
- Gaped teeth
- Crowded teeth
However, in severe cases, your orthodontist may recommend the metal braces.
Clear aligners are available in two different forms:
Generally, this variant is administered by a general dentist or an orthodontist’s office. During the first, an impression of the patient’s teeth is obtained and a custom 3D treatment plan is designed. This will be followed by office visits at intervals of four or eight weeks for a personal check-up and a fresh set of aligners is provided. Most practitioners of dentistry today recommend Invisalign and most of them use their own equipment with the ability to administer the complete process.
The popularity of Invisalign braces has also given rise to several competitors who provide similar and comparable products. Many of them are more accessible, affordable and work with the customers directly. When you choose one of these options, you receive an impression kit and get help from a 3D scanner and printing lab to devise a treatment plan. Your treatment is virtually monitored and new aligner sets will be delivered to you via mail. While the general time frame for treatment with at-home aligners is about 18 months, the exact duration will depend on your specific condition.
Compared to other types of braces like ceramic braces and metal braces, lingual braces are a lesser common alternative. Lingual braces can use custom wires and brackets to align with the shape of the teeth and the arch of the mouth. The brackets are placed at the back of the teeth instead of in the front. While lingual braces are a discreet variant under orthodontics, compared to clear aligners they are also relatively uncomfortable.
The equipment used for metal braces and ceramic braces is the same. The difference however is that clear brackets are used in ceramic braces unlike in the case of metal brackets. Therefore, compared to the metal braces, ceramic braces are less obvious.
Choosing the right teeth straightening method for you
As we have seen above, there are different methods of teeth straightening and the best way to determine which method is best suited for you is to consult a competent orthodontist. This is essential because teeth straightening and smile makeovers are not the same size fits all, and only an expert and experienced dentist/orthodontist can determine the right treatment method for you.
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If you are still confused about how you can sport a captivating smile by getting a set of straight teeth, call us today for a free consultation with highly experienced orthodontists at our Etobicoke dental clinic.