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Teeth straightening: Understanding the Options

Having crooked teeth is a common dental problem that can have devastating effects on both the beauty of a smile as well as the confidence of an individual. While some people are born with the problem, others develop the problem with age or as the mouth structure changes overtime. Fortunately, advancements in dental technology have made available a number of reliable and effective dental procedures for people seeking teeth-straightening solutions.

The “Fixed Braces” Option

Fixed orthodontic braces are the most commonly-used option for teeth straightening, especially for young patients. Usually, metal wires are attached to the teeth’s front surfaces by means of brackets, which are tightened gradually with the application of gentle pressure to the teeth while re-positioning them in a favorable manner. The time involved is based on the level of tooth movement required for successful completion of the treatment.

The “Lingual Braces” Option

These braces share similarities with standard wire braces, which are fitted to the teeth’s inside surfaces and aren’t noticeable from the front side. These braces can be uncomfortable and hard to get used to but their use pays off in the long run as they offer a barely discernible teeth straightening solution.

The “Invisalign” Option

This is yet another popular teeth-straitening option that can help a patient acquire a perfect smile without having to use visible wires or facing aesthetic issues during the treatment. Basically, the process involves the use of invisible aligners that are more like clear gum shields, which help moving the teeth slowly into the targeted position. These aligners need to be changed in every 14 days. Their main advantage over traditional metal braces is that they can be removed for cleaning the teeth and eating. This option is mostly sought by adults seeking teeth-straightening solutions.

The “Inman Aligner” Option

These aligners can be referred to as a combination of invisible braces and metal braces. Although they aren’t as unnoticeable as Invisalign braces, they are typically quicker in results and more affordable.

The “Damon Braces” Option

These braces are known for their “friction-free” properties, which is what makes them a better alternative to traditional braces. Because these braces are free from elastic ties, they lead to less irritation, are comfortable and most importantly, offer faster results as compared to traditional teeth-straightening options.

The “Veneer” Option

Dental veneers aren’t a dental appliance for straightening the teeth, but they actually create an illusion of straight teeth. If the teeth aren’t badly affected, veneers can be used on the front tooth surfaces for making these teeth appear straight. In fact, veneers are at times deemed “instant orthodontics” as they offer a quick pathway to achieve straighter teeth and a more confident smile.

Another significant advantage of porcelain veneers is that they are helpful in enhancing the color as well as shape of the teeth. The only drawback to veneers is that the procedure may require removing some part of the naturally healthy structure of the teeth for fixing the veneers.

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Dr. Bruno Silva
Founder and Principal Dentist, Brighton Implant Clinic.