Do you have crooked, widely spaced or crowded teeth? If so, then you may be familiar with a sinking feeling when you look in the mirror or are faced with social situations. In severe cases, it can also cause discomfort or difficulties with eating or speaking properly. An orthodontist is dedicated to improving the appearance, position and function of teeth that are not in the correct place.
This is usually carried out during childhood when there is a mixture of baby and adult teeth and the jaw is still developing. However, if you are an adult who missed out on corrective treatment as a child then do not despair. It is never too late to undergo teeth straightening for a brighter smile.
How are teeth straightened?
The most usual method to reposition teeth is braces. The Liverpool Smile Studio offer a range of modern braces that are faster, more discreet and easier to manage than ever before. Clear aligners are almost invisible and use a series of comfortable smooth plastic trays that carefully guide your teeth into the correct position using a low level of force. These aligners are removable, which means you can take them out to eat, brush and floss.
Clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires offer a solution that is hard to spot but promises fast results if your misalignment is not severe. Many people using this technique find that they can enjoy their new smiles in as little as 6 months.
What are the advantages of straighter teeth?
The most obvious result is that your appearance will be enhanced, giving you the confidence to smile freely. However, undergoing teeth straightening is also beneficial in other ways. Teeth that protrude are more likely to be damaged or lead to an incorrect bite where the top and bottom jaws do not fit together properly. This can strain the muscles of the jaw, leading to jaw and joint problems or even headaches. Gaps in your teeth can allow plaque to accumulate and make cleaning difficult, leading to decay and gum disease. Investing in straighter teeth can help your appearance and long-term oral health.