Many adults and older teens who have never had braces feel like they have missed the window of opportunity for straight teeth. This is because the idea of a metal mouth is a cringe-worthy thought or they are reluctant to commit to two or more years of treatments. Recent advances in dentistry can help you have a beautifully straight smile, in less time than you probably thought possible. And most important – it can be done discreetly.
The experienced dental team at Staplehurst Dental in Kent specialises in teeth straightening and offers a range of discreet and effective treatments specifically designed for adult patients who wish to achieve a straight smile.
Teeth straightening benefits
Teeth straightening will not only benefit your smile. While correcting crooked, crowded or misaligned teeth can boost your appearance by bringing your facial characteristics into proportion, it can also contribute to your overall oral health and wellbeing. Crowded teeth are much more difficult to brush, which can lead to plaque build-up and ultimately tooth decay. Failure to remove all the food caught in the brackets and wires of metal braces can also have similar consequences. Nobody looks forward to spending more time in the dentist’s chair than they need to!
Furthermore, crooked teeth put unnecessary stress on the gums and the jawbone and can lead to chronic headaches as well as face or neck pain if left untreated. People with straight teeth are less likely to experience gum disease, plus studies have shown that straight teeth fit tighter around the gums resulting in better oral health. Last but not least, the most wonderful benefit of teeth straightening is the transformation in one’s self-confidence.
Depending on your individual needs and treatment preferences, there are ways to straighten your teeth without braces:
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles are fixed, tooth-coloured braces attached to the front teeth that straighten your teeth within six months.
Invisalign consists of a number of transparent removable plastic aligners, which are custom-made. As each aligner is replaced every two weeks, your teeth will gradually move to their right position in as little as nine months.
Sometimes, porcelain veneers can be used to conceal mild cases of teeth misalignment.