We all are born with a unique set of teeth, some crooked, some perfectly straight and others with just minor defects. Even if you were born with straight teeth, your teeth can still become crooked as you grow older and your mouth structure changes, or you loose a tooth and your remaining teeth move.
There are various dental techniques that can be used to straighten teeth. Some do not necessarily need wire braces or an unsightly headgear. Using braces is still the most effective and the fastest way to straighten teeth, especially if the teeth are moderate to severely misaligned. It can be an uncomfortable, long, and unflattering process to correct crooked teeth.
But, with new technology, there are other techniques that may be used to fix crooked teeth without braces. It is an orthodontist or your dentist that can determine the straightening method that will work best for your need.
These are some of the new techniques that have been tested:
Invisalign is an innovative system best used for people with minor teeth misalignment. The results are visible usually in one year. The system makes use of several retainer-type mouthpieces to shape your teeth, with no visible wires used. The clear aligners look like gum shields and are changed every 2 weeks to slowly move your teeth to the desired position. The advantage of this method is you can remove the mouthpiece, eat comfortably and clean your teeth.
Applying Veneers can instantly give a perfect smile without going through the pain of the teeth straightening process. You have a choice of having porcelain veneers or veneers made of other composite materials attached.
Some people consider placing veneers as "instant orthodontics" since in just one visit to a dentist; your teeth can be perfectly aligned. If your front teeth are not very crooked, the porcelain veneers are just placed over your teeth surface to make them appear straight. Veneers also enhance the shape and color of your teeth. One disadvantage of this method is that the structure of some of your teeth that are naturally healthy might have to be removed to attach the veneers. Veneers also need to be replaced.
Cosmetic contouring is another technique used to straighten teeth, especially if your teeth are overcrowded. Your teeth are reshaped using a pain-free process completed in a series of procedures. It takes up to three visits to a dentist before the teeth are straightened. If the needed straightening is not severe, an orthodontic appliance that is removable is given. Cosmetic contouring is done on the top teeth only.
A new orthodontic treatment called the Six-Month Smile makes use of brackets and wires that are tooth-colored. The process aims to move the teeth seen when you smile. You are required to visit your dentist for 10 to 15 minutes every 4 to 5 weeks to regularly adjust your braces until the treatments are completed in just six months.
It is best to ask your dentist to present to you, possible options to straighten your teeth without braces. Let him or her recommend which treatment is best for your type of teeth.
If you still decide that using braces is still the best for you, you have the option to use clear braces or the type that can be placed at the back of your teeth.