Why Teeth straightening?
Many people are born with crooked teeth. In some cases, perfectly straight teeth can become crooked with age, as the structure of your mouth changes, or due to tooth loss and movement of the remaining teeth. Teeth straightening can be achieved by a variety of different cosmetic dental techniques. Not everyone needs to have fixed wire braces or wear unsightly headgear for a perfectly aligned smile.
The Types of Treatments
Fixed orthodontic braces
The most common way that crooked teeth are straightened is through the use of orthodontic braces, especially with children. In these traditional orthodontic braces, metal wires are attached to the surface of your teeth with brackets, which are slowly and gradually tightened over time to make them move to a straighter position. Depending on how much your teeth need to be moved, the duration of wearing braces can vary from individual to individual. The time duration of your orthodontic treatment will best be advised to you by your dentist after your checkup.
Lingual braces are almost like fixed orthodontic braces, with one minor difference: instead of being fitted to the front of your teeth and making them visible, lingual braces are attached to the back surface of your teeth. The benefit of this simply to avoid the embarrassment that comes with having to wear braces when you’re a little older. The downside to lingual braces is that they can be a little uncomfortable and a little more difficult to become accustomed to. The biggest advantage of lingual braces over traditional braces is that they can even be used to correct severe orthodontic cases.
Using Invisalign is the perfect system to get straight teeth without using visible wires, much like lingual braces. Invisalign uses clear aligners that appear like transparent gum shields which are placed over your teeth. In appearance they are similar to whitening trays and are supposed to be worn throughout the day. However, they can be removed when brushing or eating, making them even more popular in today’s market. Invisalign is mostly used by adults as opposed to children.
The Inman Aligner is a cross between invisible braces and a metal braces. Inmam aligners aren’t completely invisible as it has metal components, but like Invisalign, they can be removed. However, it’s quicker than the Invisalign system as only one appliance is required for the whole treatment, and it’s a little bit more cost-effective. The Inmam aligner works best on misalignments of the upper and lower front teeth, but they’re not an ideal solution for where more reparative work is required, such as when there is overcrowding of teeth in the mouth. Another disadvantage is that the level of movement that is achieved is limited and it’s not as discreet.
The main advantage of Damon braces is that they use friction-free technology in order to attain a quicker and more comfortable way of straightening teeth, and is more discreet than traditional braces.
Unlike conventional orthodontic braces, Damon Braces do not require tooth extraction or the use of palatal expanders to create space. Because they not require the use of elastic bands, there is a definite reduced risk of plaque accumulation, and therefore better oral hygiene. One downside of Damon Braces is that the treatment tends be a little more expensive than treatments using conventional braces. But of course, nothing in life is ever free or cheap, and the benefits of comfort, reduced treatment time, less pain, and better oral hygiene does come with a price, but it can be worth it!
The Six-Month Smile is treatment focuses on realigning the front of teeth which are exposed when you smile, using tooth-colored brackets and wires. The special nickel wires help speed up treatment reducing an 18-month treatment to a 6-month treatment.
Other treatment methods can include the use of veneers, teeth straightening surgery, and cosmetic contouring, the latter two being a bit more costly than the techniques mentioned above, and require more treatment and healing time.
Although this information may be helpful to you in choosing a teeth-alignment method, you should still consult your dentist about which method would be best suitable for you depending on your oral health needs as well as your budget. Once you’ve established that and undergone your treatment, don’t forget to dazzle the world with your brand new smile! J