Every smile is perfect. But sometimes, if you are looking for a celebrity-like smile with perfectly aligned teeth, teeth straightening comes as a great option. The name is self-explanatory in itself that if you have “not-so-perfectly” aligned teeth, they can be placed in the right position to make your smile perfect as well.

Many people go for teeth straightening because when you have an underbite, overbite, crossbite, or gaps between teeth, the food gets stuck in between the spaces and starts tooth decaying because your toothbrush cannot reach there. Thus, teeth straightening is not just about perfect teeth but also about excellent dental health.

What Are The Methods Of Teeth Straightening?

Normally, people think braces are the only way and thus chicken out. However, Invisalign has introduced itself as a better and less embarrassing option, but you will be surprised to know that there are more ways in which you can get your teeth straightened.

These methods are-

1. Traditional Braces

These are fixed brackets that use a combination of wire and elastic to keep teeth in place. They are very visible on the front of the teeth, and that’s why they are less likely option today when alternatives are available. Though, the newer versions are smaller, lighter, and offer color preferences as well. Brushing and flossing with them is not a problem.

2. Lingual Braces

For those who feel conscious with braces, lingual braces are a great option as they are invisible to everyone’s eyes. They are fixed inside the teeth and are non-removable. These are expensive but worth giving a shot.

3. Invisalign

You can think of Invisalign as tooth cases. These are clear aligners that are designed to fit your teeth perfectly and push them into their new position gradually. They are removable, but you must wear them for at least 22 hours a day. They must be removed while eating and drinking.

4. Damon Braces

If you are not upto many visits to your orthodontist, go for Damon braces. They have a sliding mechanism so that they slide gradually, tightening your braces to push the teeth into the new position. They are self-ligating, and that’s what differentiates them from traditional braces. By their looks, traditional and Damon braces are the same.

5. Short-Term Treatment

If your teeth have a slight problem or a less complex bite, a short-term treatment like Six Month Smiles is a better alternative. They are less expensive and take a short time.

Which Is The Best Method For Teeth Straightening?

The method of teeth straightening is decided by your orthodontist depending on your problem and your preference. Say, if you have a complex bite issue, braces are the only option. If your problem is too small that you don’t need to spend your dental insurance on Invisalign, you should go for short-term treatment. Before deciding your course of action, a visit to the orthodontist is a must.  

How Much Does Teeth Straightening Cost?

It depends on the problem and its solution. Some treatments take more than 1-2 years, while others take only six months. A treatment plan is drawn by the orthodontist based on your problem. The factor also depends on whether or not you have dental insurance and if your treatment is covered by it. So, get your teeth checked, your problem diagnosed, and then you will come to know about the cost.

Is It Possible To Get Teeth Straightening At Home?

No, it is not at all possible. Many people make the mistake of buying a removable retainer and wear it during the night to straighten teeth, but it is wrong. Any homemade retainer or home remedies is more likely to create a problem than straighten your teeth.

Many people try to create their own braces at home watching YouTube tutorials, but it can damage your teeth even more. Putting too much strain on teeth and gums can enhance your problem. Be wise, and consult your doctor.

Is There Any other Method For Teeth Straightening?

Surgery is a possible option if you are not afraid of a surgical procedure inside your mouth, shifting your teeth. This is a great option if your teeth and jaw are affecting your quality of life. If you want a quick alignment and quick recovery, go for surgery as it only takes 2-3 weeks to recover. But this is an expensive option. The swelling can cause pain as well, which is not the case with braces or Invisalign.

Who Is The Right Candidate For Teeth Straightening?

In cases of minor problems, people ignore it, such as a little chipped tooth or a slight overbite or underbite. But if you are having problems speaking, chewing, brushing, and pain is not leaving you alone, it is recommended to see a dentist and understand the treatment. You might be a possible candidate for teeth straightening.  

Final Words

It is best to detect a tooth problem at an early age. Kids above 9 are fit for braces. Adults can go for braces at any time. Invisalign is best after 18 in case of mild and moderate misalignment. The methods for straightening teeth are available, and you can get a perfect smile if you gather the courage and go see your orthodontist. Don’t delay a perfect smile.


Published by Dr. Daniel Bronsky

Dr. Daniel is an orthodontist at Invis London.

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