What Options Are There To Straighten My Teeth?

Would you like to get your teeth straightened? Do you have a longstanding orthodontic problem that you would like corrected? If you think dental correction is too expensive, you are in for a pleasant surprise. In recent years, orthodontic treatments have become more affordable and accessible so there’s most probably something out there to suit you. If you are looking to correct crowded teeth or some uneven areas, you’ll find a lot of options to choose from, including a few new treatments.

Ceramic Braces

If you thought only metal braces were used to straighten teeth, you’re in for a surprise. Ceramic braces are popular, are as effective as metal, and less noticeable. They are effective at treating over-biting, overcrowding, and protruding teeth. Ceramic braces work by using clear brackets attached to the front of teeth and fixed with metal wire. It usually takes around a year for the braces to straighten teeth. You can book an appointment to discuss the different ways to straighten teeth today.

Metal Aligners

Metal aligners are one of the other ways to straighten teeth. They are thin clear trays that can be removed, unlike metal braces. They allow for cleaning and flossing in an easier way than with braces. When the aligners are in place they do the same job as braces by moving the teeth. Aligners don’t have brackets or wires so are less likely to break. Food also doesn’t get trapped in them like a metal brace. Interested in aligners? Call us to find out more.

Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most recognised way to straighten teeth, but are becoming less popular due to their aesthetics. Metal brackets, usually made of stainless steel, are fixed to your teeth with wires at the back which are connected to small bands. The wires are constantly pulling on the teeth to fix them into shape. Braces usually take around a year to be effective. The first step is to talk to an orthodontist to find out which treatment is best for your teeth.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are another popular way of straightening teeth. They are ideal for people who are wondering how to straighten teeth but not have a brace that is visible. Lingual braces are fitted behind the teeth so they remain invisible. There are customised as well as non-customised versions of lingual braces. It is also possible to have a lingual brace on the upper teeth and a metal one on the lower teeth. Lingual braces are less likely  to mark teeth, unlike metal ones.

Invisalign

Invisalign is another option to straighten teeth. They consist of clear trays that fit over the teeth in a less conspicuous way than metal braces and wires. Like metal aligners, they can be removed, making it easier to clean and floss. Invisalign works by applying gentle pressure to the teeth, moving them into place and straightening the defect. Conditions that can be treated include under-biting, over-biting, and cross-biting. They can also be used to straighten crooked teeth, correct gaps, and correct overcrowding. Invisalign is custom-made using software so it fits snugly around your teeth. 

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Veneers

Veneers are thin shells that fit over the front of your teeth so they correct any damage and improve the appearance of crooked teeth. Although many patients go for veneers because they improve the appearance of the mouth, the veneer also has a restorative function. These are a great option for people with stained teeth as well as chips and gaps.

Veneers started out being made of porcelain- and many still are. Porcelain is more stain-resistant than composite veneer. Other types of veneer are made from resin as a composite and are sculpted onto the tooth. They are cheaper than porcelain veneers. Lumineers are another type of veneer that are so thin they don’t require re-contouring work or tooth reduction. They can actually last for 15-20 years. Removable veneers are another option. They are a temporary option and do not require a tooth reduction to install, unlike permanent veneer. 

Interested? Call us and we can work out which veneer or other option will suit your requirements.

Conclusion

By now you are most probably trying to work out the best option for straightening your teeth. There are metal and clear braces, aligners, and veneers to think about. You will need to consider the cost implications and whether you want a permanent fix or something like a temporary veneer. 

Before doing anything else, reach out and call us to make an appointment with a professional. You’ll get impartial advice and support to make the choice of orthodontic treatment that best suits your needs.

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