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Understanding Cosmetic Dentistry for Crooked Teeth

April 29th, 2024

People often say that the most important thing you can wear is a smile, and there’s definitely a reason for that. A happy, confident smile really brings the rest of your appearance together and projects a sense of warmth and openness that can really draw people to you.

However, it can be hard to smile with confidence if you’re concerned about crooked teeth. Fortunately, there are convenient, reliable, and effective treatment options available that can help you achieve your perfect smile.

How Easy Is It To Treat Crooked Teeth?

Most cases of crooked teeth are relatively easy to treat with orthodontic interventions such as braces or clear plastic aligners. Although these treatments all take time, they consistently offer patients great results.

Your individual results can vary, but with the right treatment option and professional support, it’s a certainty that you can improve your dental aesthetics and move towards a smile you’re happy with.

How Do Orthodontic Treatments Work?

Although they can differ in terms of the apparatus and technologies used, orthodontic treatments for crooked teeth all work according to the same broad principles. They apply constant or near-constant pressure to the teeth, and this pressure causes them to gradually change their position. Over time, the teeth gradually reach their desired positions and orientation, giving you the smile you dream of.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

The length of time required for treatment varies based on a number of factors. These include the severity of the misalignment, your age, how well you comply with the treatment, and individual differences in the teeth and gums.

Typically, treatment with braces takes between 12 and 18 months, and treatment with Invisalign clear aligners takes 9 to 18 months. Treatment can be as short as 6 months or as long as 24 in some cases though. As this is a gradual process, the changes can start to become noticeable long before treatment is finished.

Are There Any Other Benefits To Fixing Crooked Teeth?

Whilst cosmetic dental interventions are primarily associated with aesthetic improvements and the improvements in self-esteem and confidence that follow, addressing crooked teeth also has other benefits. It can improve dental function, making eating easier and more comfortable, and making it easier to keep your teeth and gums clean. This helps to prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar and the development of more serious dental issues.

What Treatment Options Are There?

The most common treatment options for crooked teeth are braces and clear plastic aligners, most notably those produced by Invisalign. These each have their own advantages, although many patients now express a preference for the latter.

Braces are primarily constructed from metal and are fixed onto the teeth by an orthodontist, who will also remove them once treatment has been completed. They’re sometimes recommended for more complex orthodontic issues.

Invisalign are clear plastic aligners that can be easily removed and reinserted by the patient at home. This makes them much more convenient as they can be taken out when eating and when brushing their teeth. They are also more discreet than braces, with it being unlikely that other people will notice them, even when you talk and smile. They’re a popular solution that works well when addressing crooked teeth in teenagers and adults.

How Do I Get Started?

The first step in addressing your crooked teeth and any other cosmetic dental issues is to make an appointment with your dentist in North York. If you want to find out more or you’re ready to make your first appointment, contact us today.

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