Every year thousands of
people visit their dentist to find out what they can do about their crooked
teeth. Whether you are investigating orthodontics Navan for yourself because you can no longer stand
your crooked smile, or for your child because their adult teeth have started
coming through at angles, there is a solution that will leave you and your
child with straight smiles that you
What can go wrong when your adult teeth come through?
Even if your baby teeth were
impeccably straight there is no certainty that your adult teeth will be the
same. There are all sorts of issues
that can arise when adult teeth come through, from overcrowding and overlapping teeth to gapped,
uneven teeth. If you suffer from overcrowding then it is likely that you will
need to have a tooth or a couple of teeth removed before you undergo any
straightening treatment, as there needs to be enough room in your mouth for
your teeth to move into their new positions without any difficulties.
On the other hand, you could
have an under or overbite, or your teeth may just be spread out with several
small gaps between them. If you need to realign your bite then this will be
done before you have your braces fitted, as to achieve a straight and even
smile your jaw needs to be in the right place first.
What are the different types of treatments available?
These days there are several
of teeth straightening treatments available. If you are worried about which appliance
is most suited to your situation then your practitioner will be able to offer
advice and guidance at your consultation appointment. Whilst most types of
braces can correct a majority of problems, there are some appliances that are
not able to correct crooked teeth if the situation is too severe and you may
not have a choice as to which treatment you have.
Traditional braces are one of
the most commonly used types of braces. They give complete control to your
dental practitioner when it comes to moving your teeth and they are capable of
correcting even the most complex of problems. Attached to your teeth via metal
brackets, you are sometimes able to have coloured bands fixed onto the brackets
to give your braces a more colourful appearance. You will have a bracket
attached to each tooth, and these brackets will be connected by a thin metal
wire, which is what enables your teeth to be moved into their new positions
over time as it is tightened.
If you like the idea of
traditional braces but wish that there was a less visible option for you to
choose, ceramic braces might be the treatment you opt for. Working in exactly
the same way as traditional braces, they too are attached to your teeth by
brackets that are joined together with a wire. Ceramic braces, however, have
completely clear brackets and clear wire to match. This gives the braces a much
more subtle appearance and will stop you having reservations about having
braces because of their obvious nature.
Other treatments such as
Invisalign are becoming more popular, as these clear aligners give you the
opportunity to be able to remove your braces for eating, teeth cleaning and
those precious moments that matter most, such as a family photograph. You still
need to wear your aligners for the majority of the day, but having a little bit
of extra flexibility with your treatment can help life go on completely
uninterrupted by your treatment.