The orthodontic industry is more accessible than ever before, meaning it’s now easier than ever to access cosmetic dentistry treatments that can completely transform your smile. After all, if you are unhappy with your teeth, this can have a huge impact on your self-esteem and confidence.
There’s now a vast range of straightening treatments that will straighten your teeth! We’ve created a helpful guide outlining our top teeth straightening options.
Different Types of Braces
Braces have been around for years and this treatment is one of the most common ways of straightening teeth. In fact, did you know that they have been around for over 100 years? And, thanks to significant advances in technology, braces are smaller, more effective, more comfortable, and faster than ever before.
1. Ceramic Braces
Made from clear material, ceramic braces work in exactly the same way as metal braces, except they are more discreet and less visible, making them a popular choice. Ceramic braces are also incredibly affordable however, they can stain depending on your diet and standard of oral hygiene.
2. Lingual Braces
Lingual braces require specialised orthodontic skills which many orthodontists simply do not have. One of the main distinguishable features of this type of brace is that they are placed behind the teeth, providing complete invisibility. This type of brace can also be fully customised and is a great option for people that want a brace but, do not want it to be noticeable.
3. Fixed Braces
Fixed braces feature square brackets which are attached to each individual tooth, with a wire running through them which moves the teeth into the correct position again. Fixed braces remain fixed to your teeth for the complete duration of your treatment, which is usually between 18 months and 24 months.
Perfect Candidate for Braces
Ideal candidates for braces are those whose teeth and gums are in good health. Braces are also a great option for those patients that have dental imperfections such as crowding, turned, crooked or overlapped teeth.
Invisalign is one of the newest and most effective ways of straightening teeth and in recent years has really increased in popularity. Invisalign are clear aligners that have been designed to adjust and align your teeth.
This straightening option is incredibly popular due to the fact that they are comfortable, invisible in appearance, offer better dental health, and will allow you to achieve beautifully straight teeth.
Perfect Candidate for Invisalign
Both older teens and adults are the best candidates for Invisalign as their jaws have stopped growing. This treatment is not recommended for children or younger teenagers due to the fact that their jaws are still growing.
5. Dental Veneers
All dental veneers can be applied to teeth that are crooked or uneven teeth. However, it is difficult for dentists to apply a veneer to the surface of a tooth if it is partly or wholly obscured by another tooth.
Perfect Candidate for Dental Veneers
As long as you have good oral health, sufficient enamel, and do not grind your teeth, you will make a good candidate for dental veneers.
6. Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is a popular procedure that can be used to straighten and enhance the appearance of your teeth. The procedure involves your dentist adding a special coloured resin to your teeth and the whole process is completely pain-free, with no permanent alteration to the natural tooth structure.
Perfect Candidate for Dental Bonding
The ideal candidates for dental bonding are those that have aesthetic problems with their smile such as chips, discolouration, gaps, or minor cracks. This treatment is not a good option for those that have experienced extreme trauma to their teeth or have serious tooth decay.
What is Right for Me?
When it comes to determining the right straightening option for you, you should always consult your dentist who will talk through all of your options!