We are used to seeing teenagers in Jersey with braces on their teeth but many people of all age are now opting to have their teeth aligned.
This can be as simple as moving a single stray tooth into line with the others. However, simple or complex the treatment, the results can be dramatic and once again, confidence boosting!
Irregular teeth often look discoloured because of the shadows created by the overlaps. They are also harder to keep clean resulting in surface stains or even tooth decay. In some cases this results in gum problems that can cause loss of teeth in middle age or older years. Although it is possible to keep crowded, irregular teeth healthy, it can be hard work and well aligned teeth look so much better
Tooth straightening options
As with tooth whitening, it is possible to correct some irregularities with porcelain veneers. Although this might be a quick fix, in many cases, it is often better to move the teeth into line so that they either do not need veneers, or the tooth preparation required is minimal.
It is important to discuss all the options with a dentist before deciding on treatment. Where tooth movement is indicated, this is called orthodontics, usually carried out by a specialist who has restricted his dental practice to this complex field. Most orthodontists undergo two years of additional study after completing their general dental exams.
Fixed wires or removable aligners?
As well as the familiar “train track braces” it is now possible to have clear plastic removable orthodontic aligners such as Invisalign to move the teeth into line little by little. The aligners are computer designed to ensure that the correct amount of movement is produced at each stage.
Although there are many attractions to aligners such as the possibility of taking them out for an important event, the treatment may take longer than with fixed braces.
Our own UK Registered Specialist Orthodontist, Joseph McGill BDS, MSc (Rest Dent), FDS RCPS, MOrth RCS(Ed), MSc offers a full range of treatment options including fixed and removable braces. He may also suggest wires fixed to braces behind the teeth where are less visible such as with the Inman Aligner system.
The first step; an orthodontic consultation and estimate
The orthodontist can usually assess your teeth quite quickly and tell you which options are available to you; the pros and cons of each one, and an estimate of the costs involved.