If you're not happy with the aesthetic appearance of your teeth or if the alignment of your teeth is causing dental-related problems there are a number of options available for improving both their appearance and function.
Simply having crooked or misaligned teeth doesn't necessarily mean you will experience problems, and if this is the case you may choose to leave your teeth as nature intended. However, if you're not sure whether you would benefit from straightening your teeth then the best thing to do is to come and chat to us and have an orthodontic assessment.
Orthodontic treatments are dental procedures that help to straighten teeth and correct problems with your bite. You might need orthodontic treatment for:
gaps between your teeth;
teeth that stick out;
problems with speaking, breathing or chewing;
a bad bite, which is how your upper and lower jaws meet when you close your mouth;
If your bite is functionally sound and you simply wish to change the appearance of your teeth, then veneers may be a possible solution. Veneers can be used to cover discoloured teeth, close gaps between teeth, make individual teeth appear straight, or replace damaged parts of a tooth. Depending on the issue you're hoping to correct, your dentist may suggest either porcelain or composite veneers.
The last few years have seen an increased use of clear aligners as an alternative to traditional braces. Clear aligners are custom made for each individual from clear plastic and are worn over the teeth, similar to a mouth guard. They are more suited to correcting mild to moderate orthodontic issues.
For more severe cases traditional metal braces may be your best option, particularly if treatment involves correcting a misaligned bite. The fitting of braces is usually carried out by a specialist orthodontist. However, if you undergo treatment by an orthodontist, you’ll also need to keep seeing your dentist for regular check-ups. Braces have come a long way with a choice now available of classic metal and clear styles, braces that adhere to the inner surface of the teeth, and even colourful options.
And apart from needing to spend extra time brushing and flossing, and visiting your dentist and orthodontist, wearing braces shouldn't significantly affect your lifestyle.
For more information on getting straighter teeth or to book an orthodontic assessment call us on 07 3236 2984 or email us at email@example.com.