If you have crooked, overcrowded teeth, you are not only becoming self-conscious about how you look, but you are also putting your overall dental health at risk. People want to have perfectly straight teeth for two main reasons. One is to look and feel great about themselves because having perfect teeth is part of the criteria on how one is being measured as physically beautiful by the public. The second reason and obviously the more important one is that it ensures our overall general health. Food passes through our mouth first, so making sure that our teeth, gums, and their surrounding parts are in tiptop shape can also guarantee that the body will get the nutrition from the foods we eat. If you want to straighten your teeth you can find ways on how to do it with the leading orthodontic procedures.
Braces or no braces
The most popular means to straighten teeth is through the use of dental braces. Traditional metal braces have been used by orthodontists for decades and its efficiency and durability are still beyond compare. Innovations of the traditional braces like ceramic and lingual braces also offer effective solutions in achieving perfectly straight teeth. But is there any other way to align your teeth other than getting braces?
Ways to have perfectly straight teeth without braces
Fixed retainers. These are not the typical retainers patents use after an orthodontic procedure. These are also called bonded lingual retainers that are cemented to the back of your teeth. The firmness of the appliance allows the teeth to gradually move and correct over time. However, because they are permanently fixed inside the mouth, some discomfort may be experienced while using the retainers, and you would need the help of your dentist if you feel the need to remove it. You cannot remove or replace it on your own as would typical retainers will allow you.
Jaw appliances. There are dental solutions that correct teeth alignment by targeting the correction of the jaw. We know that our teeth are attached to the jaw bone, and studies show that the alignment of the upper and lower jaws can affect the alignment of the teeth as well. Innovations like the Herbst appliance correct the jaw alignment so the straightening of the teeth follows suit. It mainly corrects the position of the lower jaw so it could complement the upper one. This way, using it for one year can help the patient has better bite and perfectly straight teeth.
Expanders. The jaws are not the only other reason why our teeth are crooked. There are also scenarios where patients have underdeveloped or narrow palates that affect the alignment of teeth and the upper jaw. The upper teeth become squished and should fit in a smaller space so the tendency to overcrowd and become crooked is very possible. For these scenarios, palatal expanders get the job done. They are designed to widen the soft and hard palates to accommodate and give space to the teeth for them to move to their correct positions, straightening them without using braces.
These appliances are still used today, though their popularity may be outshined by new orthodontic innovations like the clear dental aligners. If you think your condition is a good fit for one of these alternatives, give your dentist a call and ask for his professional advice so you can achieve the perfect smile you have been dreaming of.