Crooked, crowded, and misaligned teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance and also negatively impact your oral health. Fortunately, orthodontic devices can help straighten your teeth so you can achieve the smile you have always wanted. But before you decide on an orthodontic appliance, it is important to consider your teeth straightening options.
Types of Teeth Straightening Options
Metal braces are one of the traditional options for teeth straightening. They consist of metal brackets adhered to the teeth with dental cement and connected using archwires. The archwires are then periodically tightened to increase the force on the teeth to reposition them in the jaw. Rubber bands may also be used for additional pressure.
Metal braces can correct almost any orthodontic problem; however there are some disadvantages to metal braces. Many people do not like the look of metal braces which can make them feel self-conscious. The brackets and wires can also irritate the soft tissues in your mouth until you get used to speaking and eating while wearing braces.
Ceramic braces work in the same way as metal braces; however, they are made from clear or tooth-coloured brackets and wires for a discreet teeth straightening option.
Ceramic braces can be challenging to keep clean because they stain easily, so you must be fastidious about cleaning them throughout the day. It also helps to avoid pigmented drinks like coffee and foods like marinara sauce.
Although ceramic is a durable material, ceramic brackets are more prone to breakage than traditional metal ones.
Lingual braces are effectively the same as standard metal braces but much more discreet, because they are placed behind the teeth rather than on the front.
The major benefit of lingual braces is that they are almost invisible, making them a popular choice with adult orthodontic patients.
However, not everyone is a candidate for lingual braces. Lingual braces can only be placed on patients with long teeth to allow room for the placement of the brackets. This means lingual braces are unsuitable for children.
One of the latest options for teeth straightening are contemporary braces. For mild to moderate malocclusions, you can have 3M brackets fitted to your front 6-8 teeth. These types of braces, often called mini braces, exert less force than traditional braces making them more comfortable to wear.
Contemporary braces take less time to correct your teeth, typically around six months, and they do not require and adjusting, replacing or tightening. At MyHM Dentist, we use tooth-coloured brackets and wires for contemporary braces, so they are less noticeable.
One of the most popular teeth straightening options is Invisalign. The Invisalign system is a series of clear plastic trays that progressively straighten your teeth. You change your trays every two weeks, and because they do not need to be tightened or adjusted, you only need to see the orthodontist every 6-8 weeks for a checkup.
The Invisalign trays are custom made for your mouth using state-of-the-art 3D scanning technology to make them as comfortable as possible. The clear plastic is smooth so it won’t scratch or irritate cheeks and gums, and the trays can be removed which makes eating and oral hygiene a breeze. Best of all, they are almost invisible, so they have less of an impact on your quality of life.
However, Invisalign clear aligners are not suitable for all cases. They are effective for treating mild to moderate orthodontic issues but are not used for severe bite issues or complex cases.
Straight teeth can help you feel more confident and improve your oral health. At MyHM Dentist, we have a range of teeth straightening options available to help you achieve a winning smile. Call us on (02) 9158 6379 to talk with our friendly staff about which orthodontic system is right for you.