How To Get Straighter Teeth

If you have crooked teeth then you'll want to do what you can to have them straightened so you can smile without feeling self-conscious. The treatments available to you will depend on the severity of your problem. This article will focus on offering you information on treatment options for mild to moderate crookedness.

Braces

Braces can be used to correct mild problems all the way up to severe problems. One of the reasons braces are a popular choice is they allow you to straighten your teeth out while keeping them all-natural. Besides having the braces put on and tightened routinely, they are fairly non-invasive. The one thing people don't tend to like about having braces is they take a while to get used to and they can cause some pain when they are first put on and after each tightening. However, they can move your teeth to a good degree.

Retainers

If your teeth don't need to do much moving to become straightened out, then you may be able to use retainers to get the job done. You will take the retainers out to eat, clean and at night when you go to sleep. They are a little uncomfortable at first, but won't take long for you to get used to. The length of time you will have to wear them depends on how much straightening your teeth need and how well they respond to the retainers. 

Veneers

If your teeth are only minimally crooked, then the dentist may be able to straighten them by putting veneers over them. Veneers are made by using an impression of your mouth to ensure a proper fit. A bonding material will adhere them in place. For teeth straightening, the dentist will need to grind down your teeth so they no longer overlap and so the veneers can fit over them. Going with this method allows you to have straight teeth after just a couple of appointments.

Invisible aligners

Invisible aligners are designed to fit right over your teeth, but they also apply pressure to certain areas that will slowly cause your teeth to shift into a straighter position. The way they work is similar to braces, except they are invisible and they can be removed so you can properly clean them and sleep without them in. However, they don't apply as much pressure as traditional braces, so they will take longer for you to see results.

Now that you have more information, you can choose the way you want to go easier. The sooner you get started with the right option, the sooner you can start enjoying the benefits of a straighter smile. To learn more, contact a dentist like Gregory W. Jackson DDS Ltd


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