Many people have crowded or crooked teeth. Orthodontic treatment is a form of cosmetic dentistry that will straighten the teeth or move them into a more favorable position. This not only improves your appearance but also the way your teeth bite together as well as making them easier to clean.
Straight teeth contribute to a nicer smile, boosting self-esteem and a more positive self-image, which can greatly affect an individual’s quality of life both socially and professionally.
Benefits of Teeth Straightening
Crowded teeth can cause increased plaque retention leading to tooth decay, gum disease and ultimately tooth loss. Other side effects of poorly positioned teeth include increased tooth wear, inefficient chewing function and excess forces on the gums, surrounding bone and jaw joints. The latter can lead to chronic headaches, face or neck pain
Correction of the bite can help improve facial aesthetics, chewing function and cleaner teeth. Properly aligned teeth are less stressful on the supporting bone and jaw joints. With straight teeth you decrease the risk of dental trauma and developing abnormal tooth wear, hence reducing the need for restorative treatment later on.
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, providing the gums and supporting bone is healthy. With more adult patients recognising the enormous benefits of a straighter whiter smile, investing in teeth straightening is thankfully becoming an accepted norm rather than having crowns or veneers to cover misaligned teeth. The obvious benefit of teeth straightening over these treatments is the preservation of tooth structure. For patients who have already suffered from tooth loss and increased wear, simple short term orthodontic intervention before tooth replacement could mean less invasive restorative treatment leading to a far greater aesthetic and stable long term result.
At Garden Square dental we use Clear Aligners and the Inman Aligner which both provide a removable, transparent system for teeth straightening and is a more cosmetic way of achieving the perfect smile than by using conventional fixed wire braces.