What is teeth straightening?

Teeth straightening is the improvement of the function and appearance of crowded or crooked teeth using fixed or adjustable braces. Also known as orthodontics, this line of dentistry is becoming appreciated for improving oral health and well-being.

What does it involve?

Cruse Dental Center includes the use of fixed or removable braces. A brace gently pushes your teeth until it gets to its right position. Braces must be worn all the time; between six and twenty-four months, depending on individual needs.

Every two or ten weeks, the dental practitioner specializing in teeth straightening check the braces to make any necessary adjustments. Though popular with people aged 11 to 12, increasingly adults are seeking Cruse Dental Center.

Choosing teeth straightening

Orthodontic treatment has its share of risks and benefits. It improves teeth-appearance and self-esteem, but can damage the roots of your teeth. A qualified dentist has the skills to prevent this problem.  Factors like smoking and poor oral hygiene during teeth straightening can cause gum disease. Discuss the risks and benefits with your orthodontist before taking the treatment.

Alternative teeth straightening treatments

If orthodontic treatment using conventional braces isn’t a viable option, the orthodontist will consider the following options.

  1. Veneers or caps: Veneers are thin layers of porcelain or composite materials that are bonded to the front end of teeth. Veneers work fast and are effective on mild cases of malocclusion like gaps between the teeth.
  2. Dental contouring: This refers to the reshaping of natural teeth so they can appear straighter. It can also be used to straighten chipped or cracked teeth. Dental touring achieves fast results, but is only useful for mild problems.

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