Do you have crooked or twisted teeth, gaps between your teeth, or other alignment issues that cause you embarrassment? This is why teeth straightening is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures used today. Advances in cosmetic dentistry and modern dental technology mean that there are now a number of teeth straightening options available for patients today.
What causes teeth to become crooked?
A number of issues can cause your teeth to become crooked. In some cases, people are simply born with teeth that grew in crooked. In others, teeth that were perfectly straight can become crooked as you age. Over time, a number of dental issues may change the alignment of your teeth, including bruxism, a poor swallow reflex, periodontal disease, and bone loss.
What options for teeth straightening exist today?
If you have crooked or poorly aligned teeth, there are a number of straightening options available to you today, regardless of the cause. These may include:
- Fixed orthodontic braces – these traditional braces are usually used with younger children. Metal brackets and wires are attached to the front surfaces of the teeth in order to straighten them over time.
- Lingual braces – this system of braces is similar to fixed orthodontic braces, but they are attached to the back of your teeth. This means that they will not be visible from the front. Unfortunately, this type of braces can be quite uncomfortable, but they can be used to correct severe orthodontic issues.
- Invisalign – this system uses clear, thermoplastic aligners to straighten teeth, and are virtually invisible. One significant advantage of Invisalign is that the aligners can be removed during mealtimes. This option is becoming increasingly popular among adult patients.
- Six-Month Smile – this is a new orthodontic treatment that uses wires and brackets that are tooth-colored and focuses mainly on the visible teeth, instead of the entire bite. Treatment with this option can take as little as six months instead of the normal 12-24 months required by other options.
How long does it take to straighten teeth?
Treatments will vary in length, depending on the type of teeth straightening treatment you choose as well as your individual situation. You will need to discuss your options with Dr. Mabry and once you have decided on a course of treatment, he will be able to advise you of how long treatment will take, as well as the procedures that will be used.
Are teeth straightening treatments painful?
In some cases, you may experience a few days of discomfort or minor pain when beginning your treatment. The same may be true after your orthodontics have been adjusted. Dr. Mabry will advise you on how best to handle the discomfort you experience. In most cases, this discomfort is very short-lived, lasting only a few days after beginning treatments or an adjustment has been made.
Can adults receive teeth straightening treatments?
Absolutely! Today, many adults are opting to receive orthodontic treatments, including many celebrities. The advances in dental technology allow you to undergo treatment discreetly. In fact, with some options, it’s possible that no one will know that you have orthodontics at all.
Will I need to have any teeth removed?
Dr. Mabry will only remove teeth when it is absolutely necessary to do so for your dental health. In some cases, you may not have enough room in your mouth to allow the teeth to align properly. In this case, a tooth may need to be removed in order to create the necessary space. You will be advised of this during your initial consultation appointment.
How much will teeth straightening treatments cost?
The cost of your treatment will depend on a number of factors, including the type of treatment you choose, your individual situation in regards to severity and treatment length, as well as whether or not your dental plan will cover orthodontics. Most plans at least partially cover treatment, but you will need to contact your provider to be sure. Dr. Mabry will be able to advise you of your possible out of pocket costs once your method of treatment has been determined.