Is it time to straighten your teeth? There are lots of reasons to straighten your teeth and many ways to do it. The dentist is the best person to offer you advice on the available options and tailor a customised procedure for you after he has taken x-rays and analysed your teeth.
You may want to straighten your teeth to have a more attractive, confident smile due to a big event such as your wedding day, graduation day, start of your career or to celebrate a health obstacle such as weight loss.
The number one reason people straighten their teeth is for appearance.
Smiling is contagious. If you picture a room full of smiling people you will be smiling too. Smiling also decreases depression.
Whatever it is straightening your teeth has several huge benefits in the long term.
Now maybe the best time to straighten your teeth.
Functional straightening of your teeth
Your teeth can be straightened to improve the functionality of your smile.
- Sometimes teeth straightening is done before major cosmetic dental work.
- Straighter teeth are cleaner teeth. Straightening your teeth can help prevent decay. Crooked teeth can make it harder for you to clean thereby having a troubling build-up of plaque and decay. In addition it will give you chronic bad breath or gum disease.
- Crooked teeth affect jaw alignment – Sleep Apnea and allergies is another reason to straighten your teeth. Improving the shape of your mouth and jaw can help improve these conditions.
The following are teeth straightening options:
The first two which is the clear aligner and dental veneers allow you to straighten your teeth without braces.
Clear aligner – This option can straighten your teeth within 11-16 weeks. Your dentist will need to analyse your teeth and depending on your individual case recommend the number of weeks that you need to keep it on for.
Click here to learn more about clear aligner therapy
Dental veneers are another quick and easy alternative that can take 2-3 appointments to complete. Click here to learn more about dental veneers
Traditional braces are another option and a dentist will need to analyse your teeth in order to check your bite. Traditional braces might be the right option if you have a strong overbite. Chat to your dentist about this option.