What Are Your Options for Getting a Straight Smile?

A confident smile boosts the appearance of an individual. You can brighten a dull mood just by being confident in your smile. Unfortunately, not all of us are confident enough due to the dental arrangement of our teeth.

The good news is, with the current technologies and the emergence of affordable services, you can achieve your perfect smile. All you need to do is do research or visit an orthodontist to advise you on the type of teeth aligner that will be perfect for you.

Majorly there are two types of teeth aligners one can settle for:

  •    Braces
  •    Invisible aligners

This article will give you details for each together with their advantages and disadvantages.

What Are Braces?

Dentist and orthodontist concept. Young woman with blue braces cleaning and brushing teeth using two different brushes, little interdental brush and manual toothbrush

They are metal wires or rubber bands attached with either metal or porcelain used to correct teeth alignment.

They are convenient to both adults and children as they move the teeth gradually until the desired shape is achieved.

They are majorly two types. Permanent braces and temporary braces. Permanent braces are installed by a doctor and one does not remove them when going to sleep. On the other hand, temporary braces can be removed by the person using them when going to sleep and when cleaning them.

Advantages of Braces

  1. Give a good dental formula as the teeth are well aligned and evenly spaced.
  2. Easy to keep up with oral hygiene because they can be removed and cleaned. On the other hand, flossing teeth is easy and one does not have to change their toothbrush to a softer one.
  3. Permanent braces do not need discipline when it comes to wearing them or removing them.

Disadvantages of Braces

  1. They alter speech over time. Pronunciation of some words may be difficult as the tongue’s movement is restricted.
  2. Can stain teeth where the wires go through if not well taken care of by thoroughly cleaning and keeping up with dental checkups.
  3. They are visible and can give one an unpleasant appearance. Unlike the clear aligners, one will keep getting attention drawn to their teeth.

What Are Invisible Aligners?

Invisible aligners are an “invisible” type of teeth aligner made of thermoplastic material developed by orthodontists to align teeth.

They are quite popular compared to braces as they are unnoticeable from a distance. However, they work the same way as braces and come in two forms. Permanent and temporary ones.

Advantages of Teeth Aligners

  1. They cause minimal to zero irritations on the inner cheeks as the material is a soft polymer.
  2. They take a shorter time to align the teeth compared to braces. This is because the aligners are computer-designed and can be monitored every two weeks.
  3. Give the patient visible progress as they are clear and one can notice the over-spaced teeth covering in and crowded teeth aligned.

Disadvantages of Teeth Aligners

They do not work for all types of dental misalignment. For example, teeth that are longer or shorter might not be well aligned.

In conclusion, attaining a perfect smile can also be achieved by filing teeth to take the right shape, using copper or gold coatings on teeth, and using dentures to replace lost teeth.