Are you on the quest for a straighter smile? There are many orthodontic treatments readily available for you.
One common issue regarding orthodontics is the appearance; many patients are worried about what braces will look like and what people will think. But don’t worry, there are options for everyone.
There are so many dental and overall health benefits of straight teeth, and so many ways to achieve straight teeth!
Benefits of straight teeth
Easier to clean
Straighter teeth are easier to clean as the arch is a flat surface, rather than a crooked and jagged surface area. Misaligned teeth make it difficult to remove trapped bacteria and plaque, which increases the chances of gum disease and tooth decay.
Straight teeth last longer
While chewing and biting down onto food, there is quite an amount of pressure placed onto the teeth. Straight teeth are able to properly handle the pressure, whereas misalignments and malocclusions mean teeth cannot cope with this pressure as well. The teeth can become chipped, flattened and notched at the gum line. The damage will weaken the teeth, increase the chances of gum disease and overall is unattractive.
In most cases, swollen and red gums are the result of orthodontic issues which can be fixed by straightening your teeth. Overall, straight teeth will reduce your risk of gum and periodontal disease.
Misalignments and malocclusions can impact how you speak, so straightening your teeth can surprisingly improve speech issues.
Reduced jaw pain
The correction of bite issues can reduce the strain on your facial muscles and jaw joints. This can reduce pain in your jaw and lowers risks of developing TMJ syndrome.
The beautiful appearance
Who doesn’t like straight teeth? Straight teeth look amazing and are easy to keep sparkling clean! Many patients straighten their teeth so that they can feel comfortable while speaking.
If you are looking to achieve all these benefits, plus more too, then check out the orthodontic options below.
Options to achieve straight teeth at South Yarra Orthodontics
Metal / Ceramic Braces
The traditional and still the most effective common option is traditional metal or ceramic braces. The combination of brackets, archwires and rubber bands is still the winner.
Traditional braces can be used to fix any orthodontic issue, usually complex ones. The braces use brackets which are connected to each individual tooth and have an archwire which extends around the arch of the teeth, connecting through each bracket. Rubber bands can also be used to assist in adjusting the bite and jaw position.
The difference between metal and ceramic is that ceramic braces are made of a tooth-coloured porcelain to offer a discreet alternative to metal brackets and wires.
Lingual braces are attached to the inner surface of the teeth, to reduce visibility and offer a hidden treatment that cannot be seen while speaking or laughing.
These braces work in the same way as traditional ones, by using brackets and archwires.
You can feel more comfortable and not have to worry about the appearance of these braces.
Invisalign is a popular choice among both teens and adults. The Invisalign clear aligners work in a sequential set of trays which are swapped every two weeks. The trays are designed off 3D scans of your smile, which show what every movement will look like to achieve your dream smile.
The Invisalign aligners are invisible, comfortable and removable which makes cleaning much easier.
Clear aligners are suitable for mild to moderate crooked teeth and bite issues.
The length of time each treatment option will take is different for everyone and it’s best to consult an orthodontist during your appointment for information specific to you.
At South Yarra Orthodontics, our experienced team makes every patient feel welcome as we help them achieve their dream smile. We encourage straight smiles as they are both beautiful and easier to clean.
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