What is the best way to straighten my teeth?

Dr Bigg News: What is the best way to straighten my teeth?
In our society the desire to look attractive is no longer considered vanity. It’s scientifically proven that the first feature someone notices about a face is the mouth and that the earlier in life the appearance is improved, the more likely it is that the person goes through life with a positive self-image. In a competitive world it’s a necessity, both socially and economically. 

If you have crooked or irregular teeth, there is no better way of straightening these than with Orthodontics. Generally, orthodontic treatment is used on younger patients and most orthodontists will want to start brace treatment when all the adult eye-teeth or canines are through, which generally occurs at about thirteen years or so.

Adult Orthodontics is now a routine procedure in this country. It's understandable that dults are less willing to sport metal wires and brackets on their front teeth, so the profession has had to come up with alternative materials and procedures to overcome this. Tooth coloured wires and ceramic brackets will often disguise the appearance of braces for all but the closest examination. If this is still too obvious, then in some circumstances lingual braces can be worn. These are fixed to the inner surface of the teeth and so are not seen when smiling. 

Even cleverer techniques have now been developed using Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture or CAD/CAM. In this technique the existing teeth are scanned electronically and computer models of the teeth are ‘moved’ step by step until the desired appearance has been reached. At each stage of the movement, small transparent mouthguards are made to fit over the teeth and gently push them towards a better position. But, be warned, these techniques are not suitable for everyone and are usually more expensive and slower that conventional braces.

To find out more about improving the appearance of your smile you can visit the British Dental Health Foundation website or contact us on 01993 831396.
Posted: 29 August 2017