The field of orthodontics has come a long way in recent decades. The range and availability of teeth straightening methods have increased dramatically, making it easier than ever to get a perfect, even smile. If you're suffering from crooked teeth, wide gaps, or poor bite alignment, ask your dentist about these methods.
4 Orthodontic Teeth Straightening Methods
1. Traditional Braces
Braces rely on brackets cemented to each tooth and tight wires which shift the teeth gradually over time. The first models date back to the 18th century. Since then, materials and techniques in orthodontics have evolved to make braces more comfortable, efficient, and versatile.
2. Ceramic Braces
While you're probably more familiar with braces that feature bright plastic brackets, ceramic varieties are also an option. These braces blend in with your teeth, making them less noticeable even while they do the same job.
3. Lingual Braces
Lingual braces are also referred to as hidden or incognito braces because they're placed on the back sides of your teeth instead of on the front. This makes them almost impossible to spot, while still being just as effective. They’re also designed to minimize tongue irritation.
For fast, stealthy teeth realignment, Invisalign is the way to go. Rather than relying on wires and brackets, this product uses a series of clear plastic aligners which are all but invisible when worn. Because they're removable, many patients find them more convenient, and their smooth surfaces are designed for comfort.
If your smile is crooked, you have options to treat it. Mark Stephens, DMD in Richmond, KY, offers a full range of dental services, including orthodontics. Come to him for Invisalign or other braces options and improve your teeth permanently. To make an appointment to discuss your options, call (859) 626-0069.