Many people have crowded or crooked teeth. Teeth straightening 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. Teeth straightening can greatly affect an individual’s quality of life both socially and professionally.
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
Benefits of Teeth Straightening
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 are healthy. More adult patients recognise the enormous benefits of a straighter whiter smile. Investing in teeth straightening is, thankfully becoming an accepted norm rather than just 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. This leads to a far greater aesthetic and stable long-term result.
At Garden Square Dental, we use Clear Aligners and the Inman Aligner. They both provide a removable, transparent system for teeth straightening. This is a more cosmetic way of achieving the perfect smile than by using conventional fixed wire braces.
Teeth straightening is appropriate for many people providing their teeth and gums are in healthy condition. A fifteen-minute complimentary mini consult can quickly establish if teeth straightening is the correct option for you. Following this, an additional assessment can be organised at a time that’s convenient for you.
When new braces, aligners or brackets are first fitted, a little discomfort can be expected and pain relief will perhaps be needed. We will provide you with soft wax for placing over new brackets and recommendations on what to expect and the way to handle any problems.
Keeping your mouth meticulously clean is critical whilst treatment is on going, as your gums and teeth are especially vulnerable during this phase. We will demonstrate how to maintain your teeth and suggest how often you should be seeing the hygienist. We will also recommend which products to use for extra enamel protection.
Following case evaluation, achieving a successful outcome depends on the commitment of both patient and dental surgeon. It is important to maintain consistent visits and follow care directions on wearing the new appliance. After the treatment has finished, we take retention very seriously and will guarantee wires or removable retainers for up to 1 year.
More and more patients are having orthodontic treatment and we are seeing very satisfying outcomes across all demographics. Following clinical appraisal, we will be able to tell you if teeth straightening is the right choice for you.
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