For most people, straight and even teeth characterize their vision of a perfect smile. Unfortunately, crooked teeth is something a significant number of people have to dal wither due to bad oral practices while growing up, trauma to their teeth and more. The good news is that you can take measures toward getting your perfect smile by opting for tooth straightening treatment. Here are some of the different tooth straightening treatments that you can opt for from your dentist.
Conventional metal braces
The most common tooth straightening treatment is the conventional metal braces. These comprise metallic brackets and wires that are attached to your teeth. These are then tightened periodically in an attempt to guide your teeth into growing in a particular way. Since crooked teeth vary from one individual to another, you would have to consult with your dentist about how long you would have to keep the metal braces on. It should be noted although that although metal braces are common in children, some adults may find a problem wearing them due to how conspicuous they are. The good news is that there are other inconspicuous tooth straightening treatments that you can opt for.
These types of braces are also referred to as invisible braces. As the name suggests, they are barely noticeable as they are see through. Additionally clear braces tend to be installed at the back of your teeth, rather than at the front, hence making them harder to point out by people who do not know you are undergoing tooth-straightening treatment. Clear braces are a great option for adults who are in public professionals that require them to appear well put together at all times. It should be noted though that not all people could receive tooth-straightening treatment via clear braces. Thus, you would have to consult with your dentist on whether you are a suitable candidate for this type of treatment.
Although veneers do not literally straighten your teeth, they can give you the appearance of perfectly straight teeth. In the event that you do not want to undergo tooth-straightening therapy, you can opt to have veneers attached over your teeth thus making them instantly appear straight. Porcelain veneers are the most common option for this type of treatment, as they appear identical to your tooth enamel. This type of treatment is also better suited for people who have one or a couple of teeth that are crooked, rather than their entire row of teeth.
Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved stories about the past. Whether the stories were about horses, wars, exploration or even dentistry, I loved to hear them. I find that knowing the history of something helps it to make sense and feel approachable. I know that some people have dental anxiety, and I too have suffered, but I also feel like the more you know about dental work and its history, the easier it is. This blog is dedicated to exploring the history of dentistry – What did ancient people use for fillings? How did early dentists numb their patients? Who was the first dentist? Those are just some of the questions I plan to answer here. Ready? Okay, let's dive into the history of dentistry together!