Tooth Straightening Dental Procedures Explained

2011 December 8
by Asha Sood

Wearing a brace has traditionally been associated with teenagers but this in no longer the case. A growing number of  Orthodontics or dental treatments to straighten their teeth are carried out on adults and more mature individuals today.

There are many Orthodontic and Tooth Aligning Treatments being offered by cosmetic dentists ; These can range from traditional orthodontics(the old fashioned metal ‘train tracks’ ) to the most advanced and up to date treatments.

The Range of Tooth Straightening Treatments including the latest techniques are outlined below:

  • Metal Braces(Also known as Traditional Orthodontics) are bracket and wire and bracket devices which are placed on the front of teeth to straighten and realign them. They work by generating gradual force on your teeth which moves them into the desired alignment and position.This type of orthodontics can take up to three years to achieve the required results.
  • Lingual Braces are invisible as they are worn on the backs of your teeth. They are  fixed in place with small metal brackets, similar to  ‘wire and bracket’ traditional braces but are not on display on the fronts of your  teeth
  • Invisalign-Almost invisible and clear, these are retainers or aligners which are comfortable to wear, easily removable for eating and drinking and are low maintenance. They also work by slowly moving your teeth into the necessary position, aligning and straightening them over a shorter time frame than metal brackets ie:several months rather than years.The advantage of Invisalign treatment is the shorter time span compared with train tracks or metal braces.The average Invisalign treatment is approximately twelve to eighteen months.

You might regret having missed out on having your teeth straightened as a teenager or maybe you did wear a brace but it didn’t quite work and you were disappointed with the result.However, it’s never too late to consider teeth straightening dentistry treatments and you’re never too old to wear a brace, especially with all the invisible braces available today.

The beauty of the more modern techniques compared with the traditional and more prominent metal braces of the past is they are so much more aesthetically acceptable.

Wearing a brace is also utilised to straighten spaces or gaps between teeth, on overcrowded or overlapping teeth and often to straighten crooked smile.With your cosmetic dentist and orthodontist now offering so many options and choices in cosmetic dentistry treatments for straightening teeth , nobody need ever know you are wearing a ‘brace’ at all.

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