If you are considering teeth straightening, you may want to know about the many options that are available today. It is easier than ever to straighten teeth for adults as well as teenagers. Orthodontic treatments correct teeth that are crooked, overcrowded, or badly positioned. Here are a few of the most common and popular options for teeth straightening.
Metal braces are still one of the most effective teeth straightening treatments. They have brackets and wire as well as elastic bands to move the teeth into the correct position. Advancements in technology have developed archwires that use your body heat to move the teeth faster than in the past. Ceramic braces work just like metal braces, but they may take more time to get the expected results because they are not as strong as metal. The main benefit is the color. The brackets wires and even elastics are white or tooth-colored. They are virtually invisible in photographs.
Ceramic braces cannot be as easily seen by the public and are especially useful for adults who would like to hide the fact that they are wearing braces. They function just like metal braces but are ceramic, making them less visible in the mouth.
The most discreet braces for teeth straightening are clear plastic aligners. They are custom-made for your teeth and changed about every two weeks. Since you take out the clear plastic aligners when you eat, you can continue to eat your favorite foods. Plastic aligners need to be worn from 20 – 22 hours every day. You can take them out if you want to attend a special event or function, but you need to be careful not to lose one.
Our specialists at Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry can give you more details about your teeth straightening options when you have your consultation at our office in Layton. Contact us today to book your appointment and learn more!