Teeth can become naturally crooked over time and is a very common issue amongst teenagers and adults. The main issue about crooked teeth is the aesthetics factor, in that teeth do not look as smooth and natural if they are not aligned. It can be important for many adults who may be looking to enhance their appearance or appear more professional in a working or client facing environment. However, there are many other negatives that can be caused by having crooked teeth, such as wear and tear or jaw problems later in life. Teeth that do not align are not functioning properly and will begin to cause problems, so it is important to see your dentist in Mackay as early as possible.
The main form of braces are fixed braces. These are perhaps the most recognisable ones, with the metal wires on the teeth. As a method of straightening the teeth, this method is perhaps the most effective. The braces are attached to each tooth with a special adhesive, and then tightened, pulling the teeth into alignment. Due to the speed and efficiency of fixed braces, your smile can be corrected in as little as six months.
Downsides to fixed braces
There is some discomfort that will follow the application of fixed braces to your teeth, but these can be relieved with painkillers in the short term, and will pass very quickly, as your teeth become adjusted. After the braces have been tightened, the teeth may ache again afterwards. Fixed braces may also cause some discomfort against the gums, but again, this will fade after a while. Another downside to this treatment is that fixed braces may not be the most unobtrusive option for adults and is often avoided purely for this reason. However, there are alternative options available.
One of the most common forms of braces is Invisalign. Invisalign is ideal for those who might be self-conscious about receiving fixed braces, and want an alternative option, or those who want to adjust their teeth for cosmetic purposes and may not be willing to commit to metal braces. Invisalign works by first producing a 3D projection of your teeth, and how they will look post treatment. A series of braces are then produced to be replaced every two weeks, to gradually adjust your teeth to fit the final brace. Each Invisalign brace is made from transparent material, so when you are wearing the brace, it will be extremely difficult to be seen by other people. Many people will not even notice you are receiving dental treatment, which is what makes this such a desirable option.
Another option, which is often available post treatment is a fixed retainer. Orthodontic relapse can cause the teeth to pull back to their original position. In this case, you will be fitted with a fixed retainer, which is essentially a small piece of wire that fits behind the teeth. This will ensure that your teeth remain in their corrected position, and your orthodontic treatment can be enjoyed.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified practitioner.