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Teeth straightening and how to straighten teeth
Whether you’re looking to improve aesthetics or fix your bite, teeth straightening can positively impact how you talk, smile, and eat while improving your overall health.
Teeth straightening has come a long way, and with a method such as Invisalign clear aligners, you could straighten your teeth without braces and keep your confidence and smile – even during treatment.
Teeth straightening is a general term used to describe an orthodontic process that corrects irregularities of the teeth. These irregularities tend to be caused by a malocclusion, a misalignment of your teeth, and bite.
Why straighten teeth?
Most people seek teeth straightening treatment to improve one of their best assets – their smile. But did you know there are other important reasons to get your teeth straight? Check out why below.
Top 6 reasons why you should get teeth straightening treatment
Bite, chew and speak effectively
Permanent teeth straightening could improve crucial everyday functions such as chewing and speaking.
Avoid malocclusion complications
If you have a bite problem, teeth straightening may help you avoid painful symptoms and long-term complications related to your condition, including more serious TMJ disorders.
Easier teeth cleaning
Straightening crooked, crowded, or overlapping teeth makes cleaning them more accessible, reducing the chances of tooth decay.
Lower chances of gum disease
It’s harder for food and bacteria to get trapped between straighter teeth, contributing to healthier gums.
Improve teeth condition
Teeth straightening aligns your teeth, which means there can be less wear and tear due to teeth grinding and so on.
According to a survey conducted by the British Society of Orthodontics, over 60% of people believe a good smile gives you confidence. Yet more than half of us feel self-conscious about our teeth.
What’s the best age for teeth straightening treatment?
Teeth straightening treatment is suitable for adults and children, depending on age and what’s causing the teeth to need straightening. Most people start getting their teeth straightened from around twelve when all the adult teeth have come through.
Teeth straightening using Invisalign clear aligners is extremely popular with teenagers and adults of all ages. To see if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign teeth straightening treatment, request your free Invisalign consultation today.!
How to straighten teeth
Traditional braces are still used to straighten teeth. While braces and Invisalign clear aligners may produce similar results, the aesthetics, treatment process, comfort, and lifestyle benefits of the Invisalign system are quite different.
Check out the teeth straightening treatment options below. Then, head to our braces vs. Invisalign treatment page to understand the pros and cons of each treatment.
Affordable teeth straightening options
The Invisalign system
It could be one of the best teeth straightening options for adults and children alike, depending on needs, due to the use of virtually invisible aligners.
They are less noticeable than metal braces as they bond tooth-coloured porcelain or clear brackets to the teeth and use either metal or tooth-coloured wire.
Use fixed metal brackets, archwire, and rubber bands to straighten teeth by exerting pressure to guide them into place over time.
Metal brackets and archwires bond to the inside of the teeth, making them less visible. They can be more complicated to make and adjust, so their cost could be higher than other types of braces.
How to straighten teeth without braces
Is there a way to straighten teeth without braces? Yes, there are affordable teeth straightening options besides braces, with the Invisalign system being the most popular alternative to traditional braces of the past. Other straight teeth no braces options include:
Teeth straightening removable plates
Can I get a removable plate to straighten my teeth? Using removable plates to straighten teeth can be helpful for younger children who still have their baby teeth. However, other teeth straightening, such as Invisalign treatment, is usually needed once all the adult teeth have come through.
Cosmetic dentistry for teeth straightening
If your teeth are only slightly askew, a cosmetic dentist may offer other ways to get teeth straight without braces. A simple procedure to sculpt the tooth or teeth into shape could be your answer. Alternatively, tooth-coloured porcelain veneers or crowns may help in mild teeth-straightening cases.
Can Invisalign aligners straighten teeth?
As millions of satisfied smiles will affirm, the Invisalign system could be the best and fastest way to straighten teeth without braces. Start by finding a qualified Invisalign doctor who can assess your teeth straightening case and any underlying cause.
How to straighten teeth with Invisalign clear aligners
The Invisalign system uses a series of custom-made, clear, removable plastic trays (aligners) to straighten teeth into the desired position over time. The aligners fit comfortably over the teeth and are changed approximately every two weeks. Take a look at the Invisalign treatment process here.
How long does Invisalign treatment take to straighten teeth?
Since everyone’s case is different, the length of Invisalign teeth straightening treatment varies from person to person. The average teeth straightening treatment time for an adult is 12 to 18 months instead of around two years for traditional braces. Results with the Invisalign system usually start showing a few months after starting treatment.
The top benefits of straightening teeth with the Invisalign treatment
- Virtually invisible – our teeth straightening treatment uses clear aligners so you can smile with confidence, even during treatment.
- Comfortable – there are no metal brackets to irritate your gums or the inside of your mouth.
- Easy teeth brushing and flossing – removable aligners make it easier to maintain oral health during teeth straightening treatment.
- Potentially fewer doctor visits than teeth straightening with traditional braces.
- Visualise progress and get an indication of treatment length – your individually-mapped digital teeth straightening treatment plan visualises progressive movement from beginning to end.
- Eat your favourite foods – unlike traditional braces; there are no restrictions as you remove your aligners to eat and drink.
- Similar teeth straightening treatment cost to braces at some practices.
Start your journey to straighter teeth today
So, can the Invisalign system straighten my teeth? Talk tour friendly dental team at London Dental Arts Clinic in Forest Hill to find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign treatment.