Thousands of people every year make the decision to straighten their teeth. Some people do it to improve the appearance of their smile and boost their confidence, whilst others wear braces in Liverpool to prevent dental problems from occurring in the future. Having overlapping teeth can cause plaque to build up in areas that you are unable to reach and left untreated this could cause tooth decay and potentially gum disease.
Children often require straightening appliances when their adult teeth have come through, as even if their baby teeth were straight this does not guarantee straight adult ones. Overcrowding can cause adult teeth to come through at angles or squashed together, or there could be several gaps between their teeth. If your child has crooked teeth it is suggested you seek dental advice as soon as possible to avoid more complicated problems from occurring. Their teeth are also more susceptible to moving into their new positions at a younger age.
Different treatment options
These days your dental practice can offer you several different straightening treatments. Having a consultation appointment will allow you to discover which type will be the most suitable for both your teeth and your lifestyle. Some people prefer to go with the traditional braces in Liverpool, whilst others desire a removable appliance or a completely clear one.
Some appliances will attach to the surface of your teeth, and these brackets can be metal coloured, or you can have coloured bands attached to them. Quite often people prefer to go with the clear option of this appliance, which is where tooth coloured or clear wire is used and the brackets that are attached to your teeth are completely clear too, making them much less noticeable.
If you would rather not have anything attached to the front of your teeth, there is an appliance available that fits onto the inside surfaces of your teeth instead. The lingual brace can take a couple of days for your tongue to get used to, but the treatment is just as effective and completely invisible to everybody else.
If you want to straighten your teeth in a more subtle way, Invisalign aligners can provide you with this option. Made of plastic and entirely clear, other people will barely notice that you are undergoing teeth straightening treatment. The aligners fit comfortably over the tops of your teeth and gradually pulls them into straighter, more even positions. Your aligners will be custom-made using advanced 3D computer scanning, and you will need to wear each set for about two weeks before replacing it with the next lot of aligners.
Whilst you need to wear your aligners for most of the day – it is recommended that you wear your appliance for at least twenty-two hours in a twenty-four hour period – you are able to remove them easily when you need to eat and brush your teeth, so the treatment impacts your life as little as possible. You need to ensure that you are wearing your aligners correctly as otherwise the treatment may not work as effectively, or you may need to restart the treatment from the beginning again and have new sets of aligners made which can be costly.