Teeth Straightening: A Basic Guide

September 11, 2017 by Rahul Doshi

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There are now many opportunities available for people wishing to improve the look of their smile.

If you are considering getting straight teeth, the British Orthodontic Society has published some advice about exactly what your options are, and what you can expect from your orthodontist. See: What to discuss with your dentist.

Your choice of brace

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Firstly, the BOS website explains the varieties of braces that are available to patients. Fixed braces are the most widely used and come in a range of materials, from stainless steel to gold, and even a tooth-coloured material that is less visible. Find out more.

Although usually fitted to the outside of the teeth, modern developments mean that they can now also be fitted to the back of teeth.

You can also opt for removable braces for straight-forward tooth adjustment; or aligners, which are plastic, mouth guard-type braces that straighten tooth positioning through a more gradual process. Check out London’s cosmetic dentistry.

Suitable for those in West London, Essex, Hertford, Cambridgeshire and other surrounding areas.

So how do you choose which brace is right for you?

Your dental practitioner should discuss your options with you, explaining the risks and benefits of each – you should be concerned if you are only offered one option, the BOS advises. Find out what orthodontic brace is suitable for you. Read more.

Preventing possible side effects

To prepare you for what some of those risks might be, it may be helpful to know some of the things that can go wrong with brace treatment. Here’s our hygiene guide for teens with braces.

Some patients face issues with their gums, such as gum disease or gum recession. Other problems can be in relation to how the teeth bite together – teeth can push up into the roof of the mouth; your bite can become less efficient; or the top teeth can be pushed out slightly.

Don’t let these concerns put you off, though – with the right treatment and expertise, these can be avoided whenever possible. Click here for our trusted cosmetic brace treatment.

Long lasting results

The time that teeth straightening treatment takes can vary, from 6 months to 2 years.

Generally speaking, the longer the treatment continues, the greater the likelihood of long-lasting effects – as teeth and their roots can settle more firmly into place. Once the treatment is finished, you will have a new found confidence.


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