Achieving straighter teeth used to involve wearing cumbersome metal braces and enduring long and sometimes uncomfortable treatments. Advances over the last few decades have seen braces technology become increasingly streamlined and comfortable.
The most obvious effect you will notice is the cosmetic impact that a set of straight teeth can have on your smile. Over time your dental health will also benefit. With fewer places for food to get lodged and bacteria to accumulate, you will be at lower risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Gum disease in particular is linked to increased chances of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Investing in straighter teeth is therefore an investment in both your dental health and your overall well-being.
What are your options?
Traditional fixed metal braces provide an effective treatment for crooked, crowded or gappy teeth. However, their conspicuous appearance is not something everyone is willing to put up with. More discreet alternatives are now available, generally referred to as invisible braces. These come in fixed and removable varieties. Six Month Smiles are a fixed braces treatment that uses brackets and wires. Using clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires, the final visual effect is far subtler than that of metal braces. When it comes to removable braces, Invisalign clear aligners use clear acrylic moulds custom designed to fit around your teeth.
Does teeth straightening have lasting effects?
Teeth have tendency to relapse, meaning after your treatment they could shift back into their former crooked or misaligned positions. However, this can be easily prevented with the use of a retainer. Retainers come in two forms: removable and fixed. Removable retainers are clear plastic moulds that fit around your teeth and can be taken off to clean your teeth. However, if you find remembering to wear a retainer is an inconvenience, fixed retainers that attach to the backs of your teeth are also available. You can then enjoy the long lasting benefits of straighter teeth.