Do you have an overbite? What about some gaps between your teeth? Or maybe it’s just that some of your teeth have moved and are now slightly crooked. If one or more of the questions above apply to you – be encouraged. There are many options out there for straightening your teeth.
These are the most common ways to straighten your teeth:
1 – Traditional Metal Braces
This is the old-fashioned way of straightening teeth, but it is effective. These braces are glued directly on the teeth then a metal wire is connected which exerts pressure to move the teeth into the proper position. The typical time is takes to complete the process is 2 years depending on the case and the patient’s needs.
2 – Invisible Braces
Invisible braces such as Invisalign are a discreet way to straighten crooked teeth. Invisible braces use a series of clear, thin, plastic aligners that you wear over your teeth. You wear each aligner for a few weeks before changing to the next aligner. These clear plastic aligners apply pressure to slowly move the teeth into alignment. Most people cannot tell that you are even wearing the aligner which can be removed for cleaning and eating. The whole process takes around 12 months depending on your specific case. Invisible braces cannot treat some types of bite or alignment issues. Your dentist can help you decide if clear aligners are right for you.
3- Ceramic Braces
These braces are similar to the traditional metal braces only the brackets are the color of your teeth so they blend in more. These work the same way as the metal braces do. The brackets are attached to a wire that pulls the teeth in the direction they are supposed to go.
Whatever option you decide to go with, make sure it is the best choice for you and your specific case. Your orthodontist will help you determine which option will work best for you!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates
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