Does the alignment of your teeth turn your smile into a frown? Having teeth that are crowded, crooked, protruding, or otherwise misaligned cause a lot of people to be shy about smiling in public. But everyone deserves a smile they want to show off, and thanks to rapid advances in the world of orthodontics, there are now a number of subtle ways to straighten your teeth.
There are many reasons that adults choose to straighten their teeth. It can purely be to improve the way their smile looks, to better protect protruding front teeth, or issues with the bite – how the jaws meet each other. Finding the perfect treatment will depend upon the type and amount of correction that is required, and a dentist or orthodontist can advise you what will work best for your needs.
Some adults missed out on orthodontic treatment when younger, whilst others may have experienced the phenomenon of adult relapse. Tooth alignment issues can be caused for all manner of reasons – from childhood habits such as thumb sucking or prolonged use of a dummy to simply having a mouth that is too small for your teeth.
Many dental practices now offer discreet orthodontic treatments for adults. PDC Dental in Barnsley uses the popular Invisalign system of clear, removable aligners, which are designed to have minimal impact on your lifestyle as well as being an effective treatment for a range of orthodontic concerns, including:
- Crowded teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps and spacing issues.
Other conditions, both more and less severe, can be treated with:
Cosmetic braces – Comprised of tooth-coloured and clear parts, and used for fast, mild-moderate correction of the front teeth.
Ceramic braces – Fixed appliances that can do the same as metal braces, but are clear and/or tooth-coloured.
Lingual braces – Metal braces fixed to the rear surfaces of the teeth and suitable for most orthodontic problems.
Only a dentist or orthodontist can advise you on the best system for your needs. The obvious advantages of clear aligner systems such as Invisalign are that you can take them out for cleaning and to eat and drink, that nobody will see them in everyday life, and that they are one of the most comfortable methods of straightening teeth.