Various forms of crooked teeth are among the most common dental complaints heard of within Kew and the rest of the United Kingdom. Luckily, there are a myriad of ways in which your dentist is able to tackle the problem.
In order to assess which of these treatments is going to be best for your mouth it will be necessary to undergo an orthodontic assessment. This will help narrow down which of the treatments is right for you, as well as the best way to proceed.
Among the most popular methods of straightening teeth is with the use of braces and aligners.
Braces come in two kinds: removable and fixed. Removable braces, as you may have already guessed, can be taken out and are commonly made of plastic, with wire clips and springs in order to manipulate specific teeth. Fixed braces, on the other hand, cannot be removed from the mouth and are made with the use of small brackets fixed to the teeth using filling material, which are then joined together using wires. Nowadays there are a number of fixed brace options available to patients, which are incredibly subtle and barely noticeable.
Aligners are somewhat different to braces and are comprised of plastic moulds that fit over teeth in order to move them into position. They are usually changed for a new set every fortnight as the teeth change position and although they are removable they should be left in for at least 22 hours a day (removed only for eating/drinking/cleaning). As with braces, aligners have come a long way in style and design and can often be virtually undetectable on a person.
It is recommended that people tackle the problem of crooked teeth wherever possible, as it is proven that straight teeth are much easier to clean and are less susceptible to gum diseases and tooth decay.