Many people who suffer from crooked teeth do not know what options are available to them when it comes to straightening their teeth. People who do not have braces to correct the positioning of their teeth are more likely to suffer from tooth decay and plaque build-up, as teeth are more difficult to clean properly when they are overlapping or crooked.
Sometimes children’s adult teeth will come through crooked, and if you are worried about your child’s teeth, it is recommended that you get treatment as soon as possible as their teeth are easier to move into new positions at a younger age. Orthodontics Navan provides you with several different types of treatment to help correct any issues that you or your child may be experiencing when it comes to crooked, uneven teeth.
When you make the decision to get braces your dental practitioner will have a consultation appointment with you and examine the condition of your mouth. If your jaw needs to be aligned or you suffer from overcrowding, you will need to have an alternative treatment before you have your braces fitted. This involves having a tooth or teeth removed if your mouth is overcrowded, or wearing a different type of brace if your jaw needs to be aligned. These treatments need to be carried out before you have straightening treatment to ensure that your teeth have enough room and can move into their new positions easily.
Traditional treatments for adults and children
Traditional braces are attached to the outer surfaces of your teeth with brackets, and these brackets are connected to each other with a thin wire that enables them to move and straighten your teeth over time. You or your child can choose to have coloured bands attached to their brackets, to make the appliance seem more appealing. These braces are capable of correcting even the most severe problems when it comes to straightening teeth.
Lingual and ceramic braces
If you want to find out more about what types of discreet braces exist, discuss ceramic and lingual braces with your practitioner. Ceramic braces work in the same way as traditional braces, but have completely clear brackets instead of metal ones. Instead of a metal wire connecting the brackets ceramic braces use completely clear or tooth-coloured wire, making the braces a lot more discreet and less visible to other people.
There is an alternative to having your braces attached to the outer surfaces of your teeth. Lingual braces are attached to the inside surfaces of your teeth instead, making them completely unnoticeable to everybody else. It may take a few days for your tongue to adjust to the appliance, but you can remain confident throughout your treatment and not worry about things such as getting food stuck around your brace.
Removable braces are more appealing to some people. Invisalign treatment provides you with an effective way of straightening your teeth without having an appliance fixed inside your mouth. Instead you will have several sets of clear aligners to wear, and whilst they are completely removable, they must still be worn for a majority of the day. It is advised to only take your braces out for brushing and eating, and if your child has Invisalign teen aligners to wear there is a blue indicator strip included on these, letting you know if your child has not been wearing their appliances correctly.