Teeth straightening your teeth can not only improve your confidence and appearance, but also improve the function of misaligned and crowded teeth. It involves the use of various techniques and appliances to correct the alignment and positioning of the teeth within the mouth. The primary goal is to create a well-aligned and harmonious bite while improving the overall appearance of the smile. Here are some common orthodontic treatments used for teeth straightening:
- Braces: Traditional braces consist of metal brackets that are bonded to the teeth and connected by wires. By adjusting the tension on the wires, orthodontists can gradually move the teeth into their desired positions over time.
- Clear Aligners: Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are transparent, removable trays that fit over the teeth. They apply gentle pressure to guide the teeth into proper alignment. Clear aligners are often preferred for their discreet appearance and convenience.
- Lingual Braces: Lingual braces are similar to traditional braces but are attached to the back (lingual) surfaces of the teeth. They are hidden from view but can effectively straighten teeth.
- Functional Appliances: Functional appliances are used in cases of misaligned bites (malocclusions). They help correct issues like overbites or underbites by influencing the growth and positioning of the jaw.
- Retainers: Retainers are often used after the active phase of orthodontic treatment to maintain the corrected alignment of teeth. They prevent teeth from shifting back to their previous positions.
- Palatal Expanders: Palatal expanders are used to widen the upper jaw when it is too narrow. This can create more space for crowded teeth or improve bite alignment.
- Headgear: Headgear is used to modify the growth of the jaw and can be effective in treating severe malocclusions.