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Teeth Straightening: What are the Options?

 

Teeth straightening does more than just give you a pretty smile. It also prevents tooth decay, clears up speech and chewing problems, eliminates jaw pain and more. If your teeth are not properly aligned, get in touch with a dentist to see which of the following teeth straightening options are right for you personally.

Invisalign

Invisalign is perhaps the most popular form of teeth straightening for adults and it is not hard to see why. As the name implies, Invisalign is clear and thus practically invisible. You don't have to worry about food getting stuck between wires and you can easily floss and brush your teeth without discomfort. Best of all, Invisalign is custom made using 3D computer imaging technology. This enables you to see exactly what your teeth will look like before you begin treatment.

However, it is important to bear in mind that Invisalign is not for everyone. It is not suitable if you have major teeth straightening needs. Additionally, it is not recommended for children who may remove the Invisalign without adult supervision.

Metal Braces

Metal braces are not a thing of the past. They are a tried and proven method of realigning teeth; they are also more affordable than other forms of teeth alignment. Metal braces are currently available in various colors, allowing you to pick the color you feel comfortable wearing. A dentist will fit these braces to your mouth, provide advice on keeping them clean and adjust them periodically as your treatment progresses.

The average person who gets regular braces can expect to wear them for two years. However, there is a relatively new yet highly effective form of braces called fast braces that can reduce treatment time to 120 days or less. Fast braces focuses on turning the root upright and there are various types of these braces to suit the needs of different patients.

Teeth Straightening Surgery

If a dental exam find that your jaw is incorrectly positioned, your dentist may recommend teeth straightening surgery. This form of surgery involves a specialist moving the position of the gums and the bones in the mouth so the teeth fit together properly. Teeth straightening surgery immediately corrects overbite and underbite problems but you may need to wear a brace before and/or after surgery to complete the alignment process.

Cosmetic Contouring

Cosmetic contouring is a fast, affordable way to straighten crooked teeth. This procedure involves having crooked teeth reshaped using a sanding drill or laser. Cosmetic contouring can be completed in less than half an hour and is ideal if your teeth are misshapen but not growing in crooked.

What Form of Treatment is Right for You?

Now that you know your teeth straightening options, schedule a visit to your dentist to see which treatment is right for you personally. You will be given a thorough examination to determine how many teeth need to be straightened and what factors are causing them to be misshapen. Your dentist will then recommend a course of action that will not only align your teeth but also ensure that they remain straight long after treatment has run its course.