Updated: Mar 8, 2022
As an adult, having crooked teeth can impact not only your dental health but also your confidence! A healthy, bright and straight smile attracts the kind of attention you want to an important part of your presentation. If you have alignment issues with your teeth as an adult, here are a few treatments that can get you that straight smile you want.
Aligners are arguably the most popular option for fixing crooked teeth. Your dentist (or a trained technician) takes a 3D picture of or mold of your teeth. Computer programming then allows for that model to be turned into a series of models, each set as a step in an incremental process towards straightening your smile. Richard Chan Orthodontics reminds us that this treatment is especially popular for its subtlety of aesthetic—the clear trays make minimal impact on your day to day activities, speech, and your look! Diligence is key with this option, however… if you are lax or inconsistent with your hours of wear, the treatment will not make a lasting change on your dental alignment!
Less popular but consistently effective are braces. Because of the appearance of braces, many adults shy away from this option out of embarrassment, or concern for the physical and social discomfort of braces. However, this remains an efficient way to get that straight smile you want, faster than aligner trays allow. The strength and permanence of brackets straightening your teeth can reduce the time it takes for your teeth to shift and remain straight. If the look of braces is your hold up, consider other options that allow a more subtle look such as clear or white bands, invisible braces, or braces behind your teeth. According to Brius, braces that go behind your teeth give you greater confidence to be yourself! Get all the benefits of braces without the stress or self consciousness of metal along your teeth.
If either of these options feels like a time and energy commitment you aren’t ready to make, you can also consider a more surgical approach to a straight smile. Dental crowns can be implanted over crooked or misaligned teeth like veneers or caps, giving you the straight-smile look without the time requirement of aligner or braces treatments. These options, while effective, also tend to be the most expensive. Be sure to talk with your dentist about the pros and cons of such methods.
Don’t put off the confidence boost and health improvement that come with a straight smile. It can seem like a daunting task, but there are many options for straightening your teeth and giving you a confident smile. Whatever the treatment you choose, you’ll be sure to love the results!
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