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How To Fix Crooked Teeth
There are several factors that affect the size and position of your teeth. Fortunately, there are several options to pick from when it comes to fixing crowded and crooked teeth. One of the oldest ways of fixing crooked teeth is traditional metal braces. However, nowadays, there are a lot of options to pick from depending on preference and the specifics of the dental case. Here are some ways to fix crooked teeth.
Clear Dental Aligners
Clear dental aligners are becoming one of the most popular ways of fixing crooked teeth. These aligners come in the form of trays that you have to wear daily. However, unlike braces, these trays are removable when you want to eat, clean them or brush your teeth. It’s possible to buy these trays from a direct-to-consumer online provider, or you can get them from an orthodontist. When you buy them from an online supply, you can complete your entire treatment from home. However, to ensure that you are doing things correctly, you can find a dental professional to assist you through telemedicine.
Aligners come in phases. This means you will get different sets for each phase of your teeth alignment treatment. Once the first set has done its job, you will have to remove and install a new set. This way, your teeth will be progressively moved into the correct position.
There are several reasons why people prefer dental aligners over other methods of treatment. For instance, these clear dental aligners are often more comfortable, and they are discrete too. Furthermore, they are easy to maintain, and they are removable, so you can take them out when you want. This allows you to enjoy all the foods you love without fear of them affecting your treatment.
How do Aligners Work?
Aligners work by making small movements gradually. Unlike braces, they put gentle pressure on your teeth. The pressure applied by aligners is transferred through your roots to the jaws. The jaw bone will then respond to these forces by moving the sockets, and the teeth will move along with them. Because the aligners don’t put excessive force on your teeth, the treatment is usually quite gentle and comfortable. For them to be effective, aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours daily.
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces have been here for a while now. These fixed devices are attached to teeth using brackets, bands, and flexible wires. While they might not be aesthetically pleasing, metal braces are more suitable for complex cases that require a considerable amount of tension to correct. There are cases where you will need additional headgear on top of braces. However, this additional headgear is usually worn at night only.
Because metal braces have been around for a while, a lot of improvements have been made to them. For instance, the brackets are now smaller, and less metal is used. Apart from that, they are now a lot more comfortable than they used to be. You will also find that some improvements have been made in terms of aesthetics. Las Vegas orthodontists even offer multicolored rubber bands which can be customized to suit your preferences.
How Do Metal Braces Work?
The orthodontist will set brackets, wires, and bands so that they tug and push against your teeth. These devices are applied in such a way that they put exactly the right amount of pressure on your teeth. Below the teeth, bones, and gums, there is a membrane that will move in response to this pressure. With time, it will reposition itself, and the crooked teeth will also change their positions. Once the teeth have changed their positions, the bones and tissue will grow into the spaces they would have left behind. This prevents the teeth from moving back. For more methods of preventing your teeth from falling back into crooked positions, you can ask an orthodontist at Las Vegas Orthodontics.
Another way to correct crooked teeth is by getting teeth-straightening surgery. The major advantage of teeth straightening surgery is that it lessens the amount of time you need to wear braces. In most instances, the orthodontist will carry out minor surgery to reposition the bones and gums that hold the teeth in place.
Depending on how crooked your teeth are, the orthodontist might also recommend a more complex procedure to help fix your condition. The most common of these procedures is called orthognathic surgery. However, this type of surgery is recommended when dealing with advanced cases such as those that affect your chewing ability and speech.
These are some of the most common and effective methods used to correct teeth crookedness. In most instances, your orthodontist will recommend the most effective method depending on your particular case.
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