Teeth Straightening

The Importance of Straight Teeth

Crooked and misaligned teeth cause many problems both aesthetic and health related. Having un-straight teeth is of course unattractive and leaves our faces looking less symmetrical.

At the same time un-straight teeth suggest to partners that your either lack the resources or the self-awareness necessary to get them re-aligned. As our physical appearance is crucial in finding a romantic partner as well as in our, this means that it is highly important for our happiness and our success that we get our teeth straightened. Studies have shown that those people rated as more attractive on objective surveys have higher paid jobs and more job satisfaction.

Of course there are also health implications surrounding the straightness of your teeth. If your teeth are un-straight this first and foremost means that you are likely to be experiencing overcrowding or gaps in your teeth and this means that it can get worse over time . Further, when our teeth are misaligned it means that they are likely to overlap and create small spaces and gaps. These areas are then very hard to clean and provide small, dark, moist crevices in which sugar, plaque and bacteria can gather. This can then cause tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. Further the buildup of bacteria in our mouths can cause our immune systems to be placed under strain meaning we are more susceptible to a large range of diseases. Recent studies have linked periodontal problems to stroke, heart attack and Pancreatic cancer.

Teeth Straightening Methods:

Dental technology has brought us to an exciting time with regards to dental braces. There are many types of braces from metal braces to ceramic braces, from tooth-colored braces to clear braces. It’s no longer a stage that is feared by teens everywhere. Many teens almost look forward to getting braces because it signifies a right-of-passage and shows that they’re not a kid anymore. Review the various types of braces below:

Metal Braces

Metal braces are of the oldest  used braces and any orthodontist can provide this system of braces. The system involves brackets that are glued to each tooth.  When initially attached are irritating to your gums, and could be very hard to get used to.  Often food gets stuck underneath and difficult to remove them with brushing. Also Canker sores irritate the gums more alternatives.

traditional braces

Most traditional metal braces are installed with elastic rubber bands called ligatures.

Ceramic Braces:

Ceramic braces are worn on the front of your teeth just like metal ones. They are made from tooth-colored composite, so they’re practically invisible. These braces have a few disadvantages when compared to metalic braces. They are more fragile and  larger in thicknesscan therefore,  damage your teeth, and take longer to work. This article will discuss the disadvantages of ceramic braces.

Ceramic braces

Fragility of Ceramic Braces

One of the first disadvantages of ceramic braces is that they are fragile. Ceramic is a naturally brittle material, so the braces will be more fragile than those made with metal. Ceramic braces will easily chip or break if you’re not careful. When they break, the sharp edges may even cut your lip.

Teeth Wear  of Ceramic Braces

Another disadvantage of ceramic braces is that they may wear your teeth down. Ceramic is harder than the enamel on your teeth. If the brackets are put on your lower teeth, your upper teeth will be worn down because they are in constant contact with the ceramic brackets.

Removal  of Ceramic Braces

Removal is also a disadvantage of ceramic braces. They are known for being very difficult to remove. In some cases, removal can be painful to the patient. Ceramic braces may also damage one of your teeth upon removal if they break and leave a piece stuck to one of your teeth.

Stains  of Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are also easily stained. If they become stained, then they will lose their tooth-like color and become more visible to other people. If you have ceramic braces, you will have to pay more attention to the foods you eat and to your oral hygiene.

Correction Time  of Ceramic Braces

One of the final disadvantages of ceramic braces is the length of time it takes for correction. It normally takes a longer time for these braces to correct your teeth than it would for metal braces. This is due to the fact that your teeth will move slower because the ceramic surface experiences more friction between the wire.

These are some of the disadvantages of ceramic braces. The material is more fragile, so the braces are prone to chipping and breaking. These braces may also wear down your teeth if they are worn on your lower front teeth. Ceramic braces also take a little longer to correct your teeth because the ceramic experiences higher friction between the surface and the wire. The only advantage of these braces is that they are harder for people to notice because they are the same color as your teeth.

Invisalign Braces:

Invisalign braces are virtually invisible. These alignment trays are created from molds and can be removed for brushing and flossing. They’re the Cadillac of braces,they are even more affordable than traditional braces with shorter straightening time.

Invisalign braces

Invisalign is a relatively recent alternative to braces that many adults prefer. The concept behind invisalign is that you have a transparent plastic ‘sheath’ rather than metal tracks gradually pushing your teeth into place. The idea behind this is that the change isn’t so visible, and at the same time you can remove invisalign meaning that you can look ‘normal’ for important events and meaning that you can eat anything. This has another advantage too, as it means that dentists can change the shape of your invisalign over time to change as your teeth change. This means that you can actually benefit more quickly from using invisalign than you can from metallic and ceramic braces. The Invisalign system is a complete aesthetic improvement compared to traditional metal braces. Your first set of Invisalign aligners should be worn for about 3 weeks and then you’ll move on to the next set. The total number of aligners that you’ll wear during your full Invisalign process will depend on the severity of your specific dental case.

However of course there are also downsides to being able to remove it if it means you don’t have it in as often as you should, or if it means that you lose or damage it. The producer of Invisalign braces would provide up to six free replacements if they were lost.

While the end results may appear the same, a confident, beautiful smile, when you stop and actually compare invisalign to other teeth straightening options, the advantage become quite apparent. Knowing the pros and cons of each option ahead of time will help you make a more confident decision.

Dr. Parvin Carter has over 30 years of experience in Dentistry; she is a Preferred Provider of Invisalign and the director of A Redding Invisalign Center. She received her degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery, from Indiana University Dental School, in 1982, after which she immediately opened her private practice.
In July 1990 she received fellowship award from academy of General Dentistry. This award requires 600 hours of continuing education and passing required examination. In July 2000 Dr. Carter received Mastership award from Academy of General Dentistry. This is the highest award for continuing education. This award requires 800hours of participation in dentistry specialties. According to the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, only 1% of US dentists achieve this high level of advancement.
Dr. Carter’s expertises are:
Invisalign, orthodontics, advanced TMJ treatment, oral surgery, sleep Disorders, placement of implants, restorations of cosmetic dentistry, whole mouth rehabilitation, fixed and removable prosthodontic, periodontics (soft tissue management), tooth and implant supported over dentures, endodontics, molars and anterior and sedation dentistry.

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