Crooked or misaligned teeth are not only an aesthetic issue. Most cases lead to different dental concerns, including TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder), difficulties in chewing or speaking and the faster formation of plaque and tartar. Many people who have misaligned teeth also suffer from tooth decay and gum disease.
Teeth that are not straight are often harder to clean. You may need more visits to the dentist per year just to have the plaque and tartar removed, and to check if you have gum disease. This is because it’s harder for a toothbrush to reach and clean some areas and it might even be impossible to floss all the spaces between your teeth.
There are several ways to resolve your problem of misaligned teeth. Talk to your dentist about orthodontics. There is probably a treatment that works for you.
Invisalign in London, UK is one of the most popular ways to straighten teeth. The treatment uses clear, smooth plastic trays you wear over your teeth. In most cases, other people may not even notice that you are having work done, because the trays are ‘invisible’. Kids and adults may use Invisalign.
During the treatment, your dentist will replace your aligner trays several times. You will get new trays perhaps every two weeks. This means your teeth have adjusted to the trays you have been using, and new trays are needed to keep the adjustments going.
As these are not permanent, you may remove your aligners when you eat or when you brush and floss. Most users find this more convenient and comfortable than wearing traditional metal braces.
Metal braces have been around for decades, but the designs, materials, and level of comfort have become better today. Braces are typically less costly than other treatments, but they may take a longer time, sometimes taking up to two years. Your dentist will give you a schedule for readjusting your braces to facilitate continuous movement of the teeth you’re working on.
Unlike aligner trays like Invisalign, braces can only be removed by your dentist or orthodontist when the treatment is over. You have to be careful what you eat, or the metal wires and brackets might break or come loose. You may also need some special cleaning implements instead of just your regular toothbrush.
Whatever realignment procedure you choose, it is important to understand that it’s a process and it may take some time before you see any progress. What matters is you are doing something about your teeth. After the treatment, you will realise how worthy the treatment has been of your investment.