The Best Ways To Get Straightened Teeth

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By now, you’ve probably clicked on this post and are wondering: what are the fastest ways to get straightened teeth? How long does it take to straighten teeth? What treatments are there available?

Whether you’re on a mission to close that gap in between teeth or align crooked teeth, achieving the perfect smile takes time and patience. The time it takes, of course, comes down to the severity of your case. Hence, there’s no quick fix.

Although it’s recommended to avoid quick and easy hacks, there are various treatments out there that can ensure your teeth get straightened safely.

In this blog, we discuss what’s the best treatment to straighten your teeth, how long the process takes and the different levels of severity when it comes to misaligned teeth.

Best Straightening Treatments

 

Metal Braces

 
As traditional metal braces go, you really can’t go wrong. Metal braces are a cost-effective way of straightening teeth and involve a metal write that connects to brackets that are applied to the surfaces of your teeth.

Often, elastic bands are used for extra assistance to close up gaps in between teeth.

Invisalign

 
You may have heard about Invisalign, as it’s become a popular method of improving your teeth’s alignment. Invisalign is a discreet way of straightening teeth without braces that consist of clear, transparent trays that get changed frequently whilst your teeth are adjusting.

For a smile that you can’t resist flaunting, it’s recommended to wear Invisalign trays for 20-22 hours each day.

Invisalign can be a much quicker treatment in comparison to metal braces.

Damon Braces

 
Damon braces are a modern and effective treatment that is an alternative to traditional braces. They have been designed with a self-ligating mechanism that connects archwires to brackets, allowing teeth to move gradually with comfort.

Damon braces are becoming more popular nowadays, as they provide a faster treatment that requires fewer trips to the orthodontist than normal braces.

Lingual and Incognito Braces

 
Lingual Braces are also known as hidden braces and are similar to normal, traditional braces. Instead, they’re placed onto the back of your teeth, and are a discreet treatment that requires no metal wires or brackets.

Incognito braces are a specific type of lingual braces that are another highly effective way of straightening teeth. With incognito braces, treatment can often be quicker compared to traditional braces due to the advanced technology used in the brackets and wires. They are also custom made specifically to fit the shape of your teeth.

How Do Teeth Move?

 
When it comes to teeth movement, there’s a whole scientific process that occurs. This is because when orthodontists fit braces to a patient’s teeth, light pressure is applied to the tissues and cells in your mouth to slowly align your teeth.

Orthodontists also use different treatments like braces and Invisalign to open spaces for patients’ teeth to move by using methods such as breaking down and building bone back again.

Over a period of time, these methods assist in successfully pushing your teeth into their desired position, creating alignment and a picture-perfect smile.

Whilst these methods are proven to be effective with tooth movement, they can all vary depending on the severity of each patient’s teeth condition.

How Long Do Treatments Take To Straighten Teeth?

 
The length of your orthodontic treatment will depend on the severity of your teeth’s condition. For most cases, treatment is usually two years. However, for severe cases, treatment can last up to three or more years.

Mild Severity

 
With mild teeth severity, patients may have minor teeth misalignments which are also known as malocclusions. These may include small overbiting issues, with there being a difference in the size of the upper and lower jaws.

Usually, these cases are treated with orthodontists placing rubber bands onto braces or Invisalign to help align the structure of your jaw.

Very Severe

 
In very severe cases, the irregular positioning of your teeth can affect the structure of your jaw and face. Severe cases can include crossbites, crowding, open bites, protrusions, spacing and underbites.

Orthodontists usually recommend starting patients off with traditional braces to help gradually transition your teeth’s structure with the help of Invisalign later on in your orthodontic treatment.

Our Word of Advice

 
Despite the claims made on online forums regarding “quicks hacks to straighten teeth”, it’s best advised to have your teeth checked by a trained professional orthodontist. Taking measures into your own hands with quick solutions will only risk further damage to your teeth, such as tooth decay, cracked teeth, oral infection alongside experiencing extreme pain.

How We Can Help

 
If you’d like advice on finding out suitable treatment to straighten up your teeth with braces, why not get in touch with our team of orthodontic experts and book a free consultation with us today. Or alternatively, call us on 020 3733 4187.

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