Options to Fix Crooked teeth

Moving Teeth Becoming Problematic?

Do you have moving teeth? Diastema? Increasingly enlarging gaps between your teeth? Not to worry at all, modern orthodontic dentistry has the right procedure for you. It is better to first be clear about what you desire as the final result, then consult different professionals and keep your options open.

Options To Fixing Crooked Teeth

Braces

Braces are an efficient and the most effective option for attaining straighter teeth. After getting a dental checkup, the dentist sends your teeth imprints to the dental lab which then makes specific braces designed for you. After successfully placing the braces on your teeth, the dentist would advise you how often you need to visit the clinic.

On most of the visits, the braces are tightened slightly, bringing the teeth even closer. However, this ‘tightening’ depends largely on your current progress.

Pros

  • Since metal braces are the most widely used practice for straightening teeth, they are the most reliable
  • They are less expensive compared to other dental procedures

Cons

  • They are pretty apparent
  • They require regular brushing and flossing
  • They put a lot of restrictions on food items
  • Metal braces also restrict physical activities such as sports or may pose as a hindrance to your job

 

Clear braces

Available in clear ceramic and plastic, these are dental appliances which can be used to fix crooked, crowded or gaps between teeth. These brackets are bonded to the front of the teeth for long term, continuous use. You can use them as a compromise for aesthetics and they are highly effective.

Pros

Clear structure makes them hard to spot

Cons

  • Made from plastic or ceramic, these braces are more prone to breakage
  • The ‘arch wire’ is noticeable across the teeth
  • Some brands still need a few metal components to function
  • They require you to put restrictions on certain food items
  • Staining can make them more visible

 

clear braces
Metal braces vs. clear braces

Lingual Braces

Unlike other braces, lingual braces are bonded to the back of your teeth, or the tongue side of your teeth which makes them invisible. Although they are somewhat unable to spot, they still function like normal braces. It means they have the brackets, wires and elastics which need timely tightening and maintenance.

Pros

  • They are invisible because they are the back of your teeth
  • Perfect for wind instrumentalists
  • Perfect for athletes

Cons

  • They are more expensive
  • Longer appointments are required due to the difficulty of accessing brackets behind teeth
  • They require a longer time for successful treatment
  • Tongue sores, irritation and problems in speaking may be encountered (Temporary problems)

 

 Limited Bonding

Bonding is used to cover all sort of dental problems related to appearance of the teeth. A porcelain or ceramic material is used to mask gaps or dental defects such as slightly chipped or stained teeth. This procedure requires polishing your tooth surface and placing a malleable bonding agent on top of the teeth after which it is exposed to a special light. This hardens the bonding agent and it can be reshaped according to your teeth.

Pros

Tooth preservation. Unlike dental veneers, which require preparing the teeth before, bonding is done without the preparation consequently preserving the natural tooth enamel.

It is an inexpensive dental procedure

Depending on your condition, bonding can be completed within a single appointment or a day

Cons

  • Bonding is lesser stain resistant
  • Bonding materials may chip or break off
  • Bonding can be termed as a temporary correction for dental cosmetic issues

 

Invisalign

Invisalign are a series of aligners/tray made specifically for you. Once you visit the dentist, he will examine your teeth and use a 3D imaging technology to take several images, depicting the series of movements required to attain the final, perfect set of teeth. Then these photographs are sent to the Align Technologies lab, where the complete shift required is divided into a series of movements and trays are designed accordingly. Each tray is worn 2-3 weeks and each one of them is designed to pull the teeth even closer.

The treatment time can range from 3 months to a year. These invisible, smooth plastic trays are one of the most recommended procedures today and serve as an excellent alternative to traditional braces.

Pros

  • Made out of invisible, smooth plastic
  • Practically invisible
  • No restrictions on food items
  • No restrictions to physical activities

Cons

  • Invisalign trays need to be removed before eating
  • Brushing your teeth is mandatory after every meal before replacing the tray
  • Can only be used to make minor alignments to teeth

 

Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry can be used to replace or repair damaged teeth.

Fillings

When plaque causes bacteria in your mouth, they result in acidic excretions which start decaying and dissolving your teeth. Restorative dentistry can help fill these cavities with resin, porcelain, amalgam or gold fillings. Normally people prefer porcelain fillings due to their resemblance with the natural teeth.

Pros

  • A quick fix for cavities
  • Porcelain fillings resemble the structure and color of teeth

Cons

  • Metal fillings are not bonded but rather ‘locked’ into cavities
  • Porcelain fillings are brittle and more prone to breakage

 

Crowns or caps

Crowns or ‘caps’ are used when a tooth has been heavily filled or fractured. Porcelain crowns are placed and bonded on the teeth to give them the original, stronger look back. At the first appointment your damaged tooth might be fixed with a temporary crown after which a permanent crown is bonded in the later appointments.

Pros

  • Due to the resemblance they are good for both front and back teeth
  • They are cosmetically pleasing

Cons

  • They can chip or break
  • They can create wear on the teeth it bites against
  • In porcelain fused metal crowns, the metal is sometimes visible

 

Orthodontics, with the help of the right, suitable set of braces can help you achieve the results you desire. With restorative dentistry it is a compromise, but with an orthodontist, it’s a complete fix. 

Feel free to contact us for more information!

 

 

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