Not so long ago, if you were a child with straight teeth, then you never had anything to worry about, but for those in your age group who had crooked or protruding teeth, they often had to receive treatment from a dentist to help to alleviate the problem. This typically meant wearing clumsy looking metal braces for several months. Today, teeth straightening devices have become far more customer friendly. Some types are even completely invisible as they are placed behind the teeth so that they can’t be seen easily.
The changes in technology have meant that adults are now asking their orthodontist for braces to eliminate any imperfections in the shape of their teeth. One of these is Invisalign, which is a modern procedure for straightening teeth.
Invisalign uses aligners, which are custom-made for the user. They are aligner trays which are made of comfortable, smooth and barely visible plastic that are worn over the teeth. These types of aligners will slowly and gently move your teeth into their correct place.
With Invisalign, you don’t need to be worried about metal brackets and there is no need to tighten wires. A new aligner set is placed in position about every fourteen days, until the treatment has been finished. Invisalignis designed to interfere less with your life than traditional braces and it not only improves the smile but few people will be aware that you have these aligners in your mouth.
Teenagers or adults can use Invisalign to straighten their teeth. As an adult, you may be looking to improve your smile for business or social reasons. Teenagers may be so self conscious of their crooked teeth that Invisalign may just solve that problem for them forever and boost their confidence at both school, college or amongst friends.
However, if your teeth are very crooked then Invisalign may not be appropriate. Metal braces are still better for correcting these problems as they have stronger moving potential.
Recent developments in bonding methods have meant that braces can be bonded directly on to the teeth, which means the mouth looks a lot less metallic while the braces are being worn.
Ceramic braces have made marked improvements in the last 10-15 years and they now offer a more attractive alternative to traditional metal braces for teeth straightening. The older types of ceramic braces, as well as plastic braces, were more likely to change colour. Sometimes, they would break as well. Changes in the way ceramic braces are now bonded to the teeth have meant that far less breakage is the result.
The Difference Between Clear and Metal Braces
Ceramic braces are a great choice for improved aesthetics and can be seen less easily on the teeth, but as they are more likely to break than metal braces, sticky and hard foods should be avoided. However, the following points should also be considered. Firstly, clear braces are more prone to breakage and fracture than metal braces. Secondly, ceramic materials create more friction and the treatment time may be slower as a result. Finally, users of clear ceramic braces should be aware that ceramic material can erode enamel if teeth come in contact with the brackets while biting is taking place.
For those who have particularly crooked teeth, today’s metal braces are fabricated from very strong metal alloys. Due to this characteristic they are the smallest of all braces, which also makes them the most comfortable. Their density means they are slippery, so teeth move faster than they ever have done before.
First Visit to Straighten Your Teeth
If you think that you need your teeth straightened, then you should make an appointment with an orthodontist, who will conduct an examination of your teeth. If orthodontic treatment is necessary, the orthodontist will discuss various options that are suited to your needs.
As teeth straightening has a dual purpose – both for cosmetic reasons and to improve your bite, digital X-Rays are taken of the teeth and jaws and photographs of the teeth and face. This ensures that the teeth are corrected in a way that will both improve your smile as well improving your eating ability. Dental impressions of both the lower and upper teeth are taken, too. Once studied, the braces used will be placed to ensure the best possible alignment of your teeth. All the above procedures can take place at your first orthodontic appointment.
Once the devices chosen by you and your orthodontist are ready you will attend a second appointment when the orthodontist will do the fitting. This appointment normally takes about 60-75 minutes. When the appliances have been fitted you will be told how you should care for them.
You will need to visit your orthodontist every 4 to 10 weeks so that any adjustments can be made and your orthodontist can check the progress of the teeth’s movement. Your orthodontist will also decide when the braces should be removed. He or she may then suggest you that you use a retainer which will stop your teeth moving back to their original position.