Crooked and uneven teeth can cause you to feel insecure about both your teeth and your smile, and sometimes it can dramatically impact your confidence. Your orthodontist in Liverpool will be able to offer you a consultation appointment if you find yourself worrying about the straightness of your teeth and will explain what options are available to you when it comes to sorting out your smile.
There are multiple types of braces available when it comes to straightening your teeth, so you can find one that suits both your teeth and your lifestyle. Sometimes you might need another treatment before having your teeth straightened, such as having a couple of teeth removed. This makes sure that there is enough room in your mouth for your teeth to move into their straightened positions and is undergone when you suffer from something called overcrowding.
If your jaw needs realigning then this will need to be done before you undergo straightening treatment too, as to know how and where your teeth need to move to accurately your jaw needs to be correctly aligned. This is usually done by wearing a different type of brace constantly for a certain amount of time. The amount of time it will take depends upon your individual situation.
Different straightening appliances
There are multiple appliances that are capable of straightening your teeth, all as effective as each other. The most traditional type of brace consists of brackets being attached to the surfaces of your teeth, connected to each other by a thin wire. These brackets are generally metal coloured, or you may be able to have coloured bands attached to them.
Some people worry about the visibility of their braces and will opt for a slightly more costly treatment to have the brackets that are attached to their teeth made completely clear. They will also have tooth coloured or clear wire connecting the brackets, making the appliance stand out a lot less.
If you would rather not have anything attached to the outer surfaces of your teeth, then lingual braces could be an option for you. These braces attach discreetly onto the inside surfaces of your teeth instead, so they are completely hidden from view to everybody else. It might take a couple of days for your tongue to get used to the appliance, but they will straighten your teeth from the inside just as efficiently as other braces.
Having braces fixed in your mouth may seem a little daunting. You may have an extremely hectic lifestyle and prefer to have a removable appliance instead. Invisalign offers you the chance to have completely removable braces, but you still need to make sure that you are wearing your appliance for at least twenty-two hours of the day. It is convenient to be able to take your braces out for both eating and brushing your teeth, as being able to remove your appliance means that your teeth remain easy to clean and there is less chance of experiencing plaque build-up around your appliance.
Invisalign treatment involves you having to wear a series of sets of aligners to transform your smile into a straight, even one. The aligners are completely clear and fit comfortably on top of your teeth, making them barely visible to other people. This treatment is popular amongst adults who wish to have the most discreet and convenient option available, and once you have achieved your perfect smile you will be issued with retainers to make sure that it stays in place.