3 Ways To Straight Teeth (And 1 To Avoid)
Most people are not born with perfectly straight teeth. However, anyone can get them thanks to modern dentistry.
There’s a good chance you know someone who has undergone treatment to straighten his or her teeth. You may not remember how crooked their teeth used to be because of how much better they look today.
And you might want a similar, straight smile for yourself.
At Hubbard & Leath Dental in Rochester Hills, we have three ways we can make your teeth straighter. If you are ready to turn today’s smile into your before photo, we can help you get ready for your after picture.
Why You May Want Straighter Teeth
You may have your own reasons for wanting straighter teeth, but here are some reasons we think straight teeth are good for our patients.
First, it’s easier to clean straight teeth.
You should be brushing twice a day and flossing daily (in addition to your routine cleanings at our dentist office). If your teeth are crooked or crowded, then you may not be able to reach them on every side.
The overlapping spots are perfect places for bacteria and plaque to hide. That makes you more likely to develop tartar buildup, tooth decay, and gum disease, too.
When your teeth are straight, you can brush and floss them on all sides, making it easier to prevent bacteria from growing in one place.
Second, straight teeth look better. You know this without us having to tell you, but straight, evenly spaced smiles look nicer than crooked ones. All you have to do is look at our smile gallery to see examples of that.
Third, having straight teeth can improve your confidence. People who don’t like their teeth are less likely to smile, in person and in pictures. This can leave other people thinking you are sad or angry when really you just may be embarrassed about your teeth.
Fixing your teeth can give you a confidence boost to match your big, beautiful smile.
Three Ways To Improve Your Smile
These treatments take time, but the results are worth the effort.
No two people are the same, and neither are any two people’s alignment issues. That’s why we have multiple options to straighten your crooked teeth, close the gaps in your smile, and line your teeth up parallel to each other.
Option #1 — Metal braces
What they are: These are standard metal brackets, wires, and elastics (small rubber bands). Braces have been used for centuries, but what we would think of as modern braces have been around for decades.
While people are always working on improvements, the metal bracket system has proven time and time again how effective it is on a wide range of problems.
Option #2 — Ceramic braces
What they are: These are similar to the traditional metal braces, but with ceramic brackets instead.
This is a good option for adults who may not feel comfortable wearing metal braces in their day-to-day lives for the 24 months or so that they will have their braces. The ceramic brackets more closely match the color of your teeth, which makes them less noticeable than metal braces.
Ceramic braces are a good option for patients with metal allergies, too.
Option #3 — ClearCorrect
What they are: You may have heard of “invisible braces.” This is about as close as you can get, although technically, these are not braces.
ClearCorrect uses plastic aligners that are more like retainers to push your teeth into their new position. Because the aligners are clear, many people will never know that you are wearing them.
One Option You Should Avoid
You may have seen reports about teenagers trying so-called DIY braces. Online videos show teenagers placing elastic bands around their teeth.
Can rubber bands change the position of your teeth? Yes.
Will you have any control over how your teeth will move? Not at all.
In fact, you are more likely to cause damage and that can be more expensive than braces or ClearCorrect in the long run.
Patients who are seeking to straighten their teeth and improve their smiles deserve professional care, and that is what you will receive at Hubbard & Leath Dental.
Our dentists have decades of experience with treating alignment problems. We will work with you to find the option that will give you or your teenager the best possible results.