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Teeth Straightening - 4 Options & The Benefits

Updated: Nov 29, 2022

Choosing the right teeth straightening treatment can be a difficult decision.

Your dentist or orthodontist can offer advice on the types of braces available.

Orthodontic treatment may be the right choice for you if you do not have straight, even teeth. Read on to learn more about the several types of treatments available for crooked or crowded teeth, teeth gaps, overbite, underbite, crossbite, and other issues that affect your smile and oral health.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are strong and tend not to stain the teeth. They are made up of individual brackets which are cemented to each tooth and accompanied by an archwire that constantly asserts gentle pressure on the teeth. Traditional braces are generally metal but are also available in a clear synthetic material and “tooth-colored” ceramic. The ceramic brackets are usually more comfortable than the metal alternative but can become discolored by certain foods over time.

Self-ligating Brace

Self-ligating braces work similarly to metal and ceramic braces and are available in metal or clear/ceramic material. They too rely on braces and a wire to move the teeth. The difference between self-ligating braces compared to metal or ceramic braces is that self-ligating braces use doors or clips to hold the wire in place, rather than elastic rubber ties.

Close up of clear retainers positioned on a reflective surface

Invisalign Clear Aligners

Invisalign clear aligners transform your teeth with minimal discomfort. They work incrementally with a new set every couple of weeks until the desired result is achieved. Invisalign has many benefits over metal braces and does not require wires and brackets. One of the main benefits of Invisalign is that they may be removed for eating and cleaning.

Lingual braces

These appliances are usually metal and fixed on the tongue side of the teeth, therefore cannot be seen when a patient smiles. The downside of lingual braces is that they tend to be moderately expensive and can interfere with normal speech.

Regardless of the type of treatment you choose, your orthodontist can improve your smile and your oral health.

Crooked teeth can create daily problems for you, including difficulty in speaking and chewing food. They can also lead to damage to neighboring teeth and jaw muscles. Furthermore, crooked teeth can be difficult to clean, making them more susceptible to gum disease and cavities. Having the issue corrected can help you achieve the smile of your dreams!

Many teens and adults who have had braces will notice that their teeth may begin to shift over time. This happens over time when the patient does not wear their retainer at night. It is important to follow your orthodontists’ directions to assure that all the teeth straightening progress is not lost.

A lapse inconsistent care can lead to plaque buildup, tooth decay, and gum disease. Similarly, if your teeth aren't aligned properly, you may have jaw problems resulting in a bad bite or issues with chewing and swallowing. Crooked teeth can also greatly affect your self-confidence.

Teeth Straightening can make an enormous difference in your health, smile, and self-esteem.

Teeth straightening can be performed at any age, although the ideal time is between 10 and 14 years old when the mouth is still developing. The process can only be done once the child has all his or her permanent teeth. While this is an ideal age, there are many benefits to teeth alignment for all ages. The most crucial factor is that you have strong gums. For children, the process can be uncomfortable. However, adult patients with gum problems should consult their dentist for proper treatment.

Besides improving the appearance, teeth straightening can also help improve the patient's self-esteem and confidence with their personal appearance. A dentist will evaluate your dental needs and can recommend the best treatment options. For more information on teeth-straightening treatments, please contact Darling Orthodontist office today for a free consultation.

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