Here at Dental 266, we know how to straighten teeth and are proud to offer patients the latest orthodontic dental braces and clear aligners to help them achieve the smile of their dreams.
But before discussing dental braces options let’s take a look at teeth straightening and the benefits of realigning crooked teeth.
Firstly, what is teeth straightening?
Teeth straightening is a type of dentistry known as orthodontics and refers to the process of moving teeth and repositioning them using external force and pressure over time. Quite simply, if you have crooked teeth or teeth that are misaligned or misplaced, we can use dental braces to align them correctly.
A wide variety of orthodontic problems can be treated including:
- Open bites
- Tooth gaps
So, what are the benefits of teeth straightening?
If you have crooked teeth then you probably know how difficult it is to clean them properly. Straighter teeth help to improve oral health which in turn, lowers the risk of gum disease and cavities. Straightening misaligned teeth also makes it easier to chew and digest food.
How to straighten teeth – What are the options?
At Dental 266, we utilise the latest techniques and devices such as clear aligners and metal or ceramic braces.
The first step of teeth straightening is to attend an initial consultation where we will take some x-rays, moulds, and photos to analyse the current condition of your teeth and put together a tailored treatment plan for your circumstances. We’ll also discuss the process of having dental braces fitted so you know what to expect.
How to straighten teeth with braces?
Most of us are familiar with fixed traditional braces that utilise a combination of wire and brackets fixed to each separate tooth connected with bands. They work by applying consistent pressure to the teeth to guide them into their new position.
The treatment lasts on average 24 months and involves regular visits to the dentist to have the wires tightened so they continue to apply pressure to the teeth. Metal dental braces are particularly effective for treating complex malocclusions and are more commonly used for younger teens and children.
If you dislike the thought of wearing metal braces to straighten your teeth, then another more subtle option is ceramic braces. These function in the same way as metal braces but because the brackets and wires are tooth-coloured, they are less noticeable.
How to straighten teeth with clear aligners?
Clear aligners have fast become the preferred method of straightening crooked teeth, especially for adults and self-conscious teens wanting to move their teeth without advertising the fact that they are undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Clear aligners such as Invisalign are worn over the teeth like a mouthguard and because they’re made from transparent plastic, they’ve earned the nickname ‘invisible braces’.
Unlike metal and ceramic braces which remain fixed for the duration of treatment, aligner treatment involves wearing a series of removable aligners. Each set of aligners is worn for around two weeks before being discarded and replaced with the next set of aligners. Once the last aligners have been worn the teeth will be perfectly straight and even.
Aligner treatment takes on average 12 months and is most suitable for correcting minor misalignments and closing small gaps between the teeth.
What happens after teeth straightening?
Whether you opt for metal or ceramic braces or clear aligners you will need to wear a retainer once your teeth have been straightened. You see, bone remodelling is a vital process for orthodontic movement and wearing a retainer prevents the teeth from moving back to their original positions until the bone settles down.
The good news is that like braces and aligners, there are various types of retainers available. Removable plastic or wire retainers are two examples as is a retainer that is bonded to the back of the teeth out of sight. Our dentist will be happy to discuss the best option for you depending on your needs and/or preference.
Can teeth be straightened at any age?
Yes, you’re never too old to have your teeth straightened – whether you’re 16 or 60! The ideal age for teeth straightening, however, is between 10 and 14 years old while the jaw is still growing.
A prerequisite of braces is that any necessary dental treatments are carried out before the orthodontic device is placed so that the patient starts with a healthy smile. This is mainly because it’s difficult to carry out even the simplest of dental treatments when an appliance is worn.
Should you invest in dental braces?
Are braces something that you should consider if you have a misaligned smile? Yes, without a shadow of doubt. Whether you are seeking clear aligners or braces for younger children, the decision goes way beyond orthodontics.
Traditional metal braces are more comfortable than they used to be and clear aligners provide more flexibility. People with straight smiles are perceived to be more confident, more successful, and even more trustworthy – all by straightening their teeth.
So, what are you waiting for? Why not book an orthodontic appointment today with the experienced team at Dental 266. We look forward to helping you achieve a straighter more beautiful smile.
Call Dental 266 on 02 9051 0600 today.