3 Ways to Fix Crooked Teeth

3 Ways to Fix Crooked Teeth

Misaligned teeth can be a source of self-consciousness as well as affecting overall health. Alignment problems can make cleaning teeth more difficult, increasing wear on enamel which can lead to tooth sensitivity, and increased risk of gum disease. Fortunately, there are several effective orthodontic treatments available to fix crooked teeth and create a beautiful confident smile.

Today, as a result of developments in orthodontic technology, an increasing number of adults are seeking out teeth straightening treatments to improve their oral health and feel better about the way they look. Whilst the thought of traditional ‘train track’ braces and the way they look have long been a deterrent, more discreet teeth straightening treatments are increasingly prevalent.

How to Fix Crooked Teeth

Let’s explore three of the most popular options for treating misaligned teeth, discussing their effectiveness and suitability for different cases. By understanding these options, you can make an informed decision about the best way to fix your crooked teeth and achieve the confident, beautiful smile you deserve.

Traditional Fixed Braces

Traditional fixed braces are still the most common type of orthodontic treatment, however, whilst they are still the most visible braces available, as technology has approved, the brackets are now smaller, more comfortable and can be customised with coloured bands to suit individual preferences. Gold fixed appliance systems are another popular alternative to the traditional stainless steel look.

Fixed braces feature metal braces that are fixed to the front surface of teeth, and joined by wires that apply constant pressure to gradually shift the teeth into the proper intended position. Traditional braces are a highly effective teeth straightening treatment, suitable for correcting a wide range of bite and alignment problems, including crowded, gapped, and rotated teeth.

Ceramic Braces

For people searching for a more discreet alternative to traditional stainless steel braces, ceramic braces are a very popular choice. Like traditional braces, brackets are fixed to the teeth, but are made from tooth or clear coloured material, allowing for the braces to blend in with the natural colour of your teeth, making them less visible.

Whilst ceramic braces look different to traditional fixed appliances, they work in the same way, with a wire providing consistent pressure to shift teeth into the desired position, and as a result, they provide an effective treatment for a wide range of alignment and bite problems.

Invisalign Clear Aligners

Invisalign, on the other hand, is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that uses clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth. These aligners are custom-made from wafer thin, medical grade plastic, to fit snugly over your teeth, gradually shifting them into alignment. Invisalign is virtually invisible, allowing you to undergo orthodontic treatment discreetly. It offers the added advantage of being removable, making it easier to maintain oral hygiene and enjoy your favourite foods without restrictions.

Some common misalignment issues that Invisalign can fix include gaps between teeth, bite problems and teeth overcrowding.

Find Orthodontic Treatment

Each of these treatments has its own unique benefits and considerations. Whether you prefer the tried-and-true method of traditional braces, the discreet appearance of ceramic braces, or the convenience and flexibility of Invisalign, there is a solution that suits your individual needs.

If you are experiencing alignment issues or lack confidence in the way your teeth look, contact us today to arrange a consultation. We are here to help you understand which orthodontic treatment is the best fit for you.