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New Way to Achieve Straighter Teeth

Not everyone is gifted with a perfect set of teeth. While many enjoy a good set of teeth as toddlers, some unfortunately develop crooked teeth when they grow older. A major factor for this is the growth of bigger teeth that do not fit the area where the milk teeth grew.

But there’s hope for this condition. The specialist orthodontist is the right person who knows how to solve this issue.

Traditional Way

In the past, putting metal braces was the common solution to straighten crooked teeth. Back then, this was a very expensive option but which many parents pursued in the hope of giving their child a great smile and prevent them from being bullied in school.

The metal braces can take years to do their job in worse cases.

Once the braces were taken off, the patient then needed to use a retainer for months to ensure that the straightened teeth remain in their place.

Modern Way

1. Invisalign

Today, however, there are several methods that patients can choose from. One of the most popular ways of improving teeth alignment is through Invisalign or what they call the invisible braces. This method utilizes mouthpieces similar to the retainer to straighten the teeth.

A person needs to wear it for about a year to achieve the best result and it has to be worn regularly to ensure its effectiveness. The advantage of Invisalign is that, unlike the braces, it allows the teeth to be moved individually without any domino effect. It should be understood, though, that this is only ideal for people with minor misalignment problem.

2. Cosmetic Contouring and Reshaping

Cosmetic contouring is another method which does not involve any painful procedure. This requires a cosmetic dentist who will simply reshape your teeth. A maximum of three visits will be needed to attain the desired result.

Apart from correcting crooked teeth, contouring and reshaping also helps solve other issues such as chipped teeth, cracked teeth and overlapping teeth. However, this method is only best for minor changes or combined with veneers or bonding.

3.Veneers

The use of veneers is also common these days to correct teeth misalignment. These veneers are normally applied to the teeth to cover imperfections and achieve a perfect smile. They are made from porcelain, plastic or composite and are glued to the front of the teeth sometimes with the use of a little anesthesia or nothing at all depending on the patient.

Veneers are sometimes combined with contouring to achieve the best smile.

About The Author:

Beth is a practicing dentist who advocates the use of modern ways to straighten teeth without braces.