Orthodontics

Orthodontics is the area of dentistry concerned with ways of correcting the teeth, so that they are well aligned, and functioning correctly. Many people may think that crooked teeth are simply an aesthetic issue, however crooked teeth can have detrimental effects such as causing tooth erosion and causing jaw problems. If you have crooked teeth, then it is important to get your teeth checked. If you are experiencing a symptom such as sensitive teeth, then it is important to get the teeth checked as soon as possible, as crooked teeth may be a contributory factor.

Crooked teeth from a cosmetic perspective

Crooked teeth are perfectly normal, and it is actually more common for teeth to be slightly crooked than perfect. However, if you are concerned about the look of your teeth, then there are ways to correct crooked teeth. Teeth that are uneven can look unsightly, and often the teeth can be jutting out too far, which can make eating and chewing more difficult than it should be. If the teeth are not chewing correctly, then this can be extremely detrimental to their health, as they can be eroding away. This means that they might be more exposed to cavities and may become sensitive or painful.

If you are looking to revitalise your appearance, then seeing an orthodontist and having your teeth straightened can have this effect. Teeth that are straighter look younger and healthier, which in turn can make your face follow suit. Many studies have shown that the smile is the first thing that people notice about your appearance, which means that you will benefit from a great smile.

Fixed braces

Fixed braces are one of the most common and most effective forms of braces. Fixed braces work by using a join that is attached to each tooth and passing metal wires through each one. The braces are then periodically tightened, so that the teeth are pulled together into shape. Fixed braces can also be necessary for teeth that are severely crooked and need significant readjustment. One of the main benefits of these fixed braces is that they cannot be voluntarily removed, which means that the treatment will stay effective.

Invisalign

Invisalign is one of the most popular choices among adults and will mean that you can remain discreet during your treatment, but still maintain an efficient treatment for your teeth. It often seems counter-intuitive, that those people who are self-conscious about their teeth will then have to undergo fixed braces, which are extremely visible and draw attention to their teeth. For this reason, many people will opt out of fixed braces treatment, and go for Invisalign instead. Invisalign braces fit exactly over the enamel, and are completely transparent, which means that they will be extremely hard to see. You will also be able to remove your Invisalign braces whenever you want to, which means that you won’t need to sacrifice any dietary preferences. Many dental practices will offer Invisalign, so make sure to ask your dentist about the treatment if you are interested.