Crooked teeth and a misaligned jaw contribute to poor self-confidence and significantly impact your overall oral health. Overlapping or rotated teeth can make it challenging to brush and floss properly, leaving your teeth vulnerable to plaque buildup and decay. Gapped teeth and bite issues can cause undue pressure on adjacent teeth when chewing, leading to increased wear and tear.
Teeth straightening is one of the most frequently requested dental treatments and can include orthodontic devices, such as dental braces and clear aligners, or cosmetic treatments like veneers.
If you’ve wondered how to straighten teeth and want to improve your smile, there are several teeth straightening options available.
How to Straighten Teeth: Traditional Braces
Traditional dental braces use metal brackets cemented to the fronts of your teeth connected by archwires to place pressure on teeth and slowly move them into the correct position. Every 6-8 weeks, your dentist adjusts the pressure on the wires to ensure the braces apply continual force.
While these orthodontic appliances are more noticeable than other teeth straightening options, they are also highly effective for correcting a wide range of complex alignment issues.
At the Bright Dental Group, we offer lightweight contemporary dental braces that alleviate most patients’ concerns about wearing metal braces in public. Our braces use tooth-coloured brackets and wires to ensure that they are not noticeable. We also offer C-Fast braces designed to correct the position of your front social six teeth, allowing you to achieve a straighter smile in as little as 8 weeks.
How to Straighten Teeth: Clear Aligners
Clear aligners, like Invisalign and SmileStyler, are a discrete and comfortable way to fix crooked teeth.
During your consultation, your dentist digitally scans your mouth and inputs the data into a software system that projects the position of your teeth at each stage of treatment. This information is sent to an off-site lab, where it is used to create clear trays made from soft yet durable thermoplastic.
Every 1-2 weeks, you switch to the next set of aligners in the series, gradually forcing your teeth to conform to the tray’s shape, moving the teeth along the periodontal membrane.
Clear aligners offer a more convenient way to straighten your teeth than dental braces. You only need to wear them for 22 hours a day, and you can remove them when brushing or eating. This means you don’t need to modify your diet or oral hygiene habits for the duration of the teeth straightening process.
Invisalign and SmileStyler are suitable for addressing mild to moderate malocclusions; however, if you have teeth rotated over 20° or shortened teeth, you may be ineligible for clear aligners.
How to Straighten Teeth: Cosmetic Treatments
For mildly crooked teeth that don’t impact your oral health, you may not need conventional orthodontic teeth straightening devices. Your dentist may recommend a cosmetic treatment, such as porcelain veneers, to disguise the appearance of the affected tooth.
Veneers are a porcelain shell bonded to the front of the tooth to conceal dental flaws, such as gaps and short teeth.
Achieve a Winning Smile at the Bright Dental Group
If you suffer from crooked teeth and want to create a smile you are proud to share, contact the Bright Dental Group on (02) 4708 9691 to book a consultation with our experienced dental team and discover which teeth straightening option is right for you.