Straight Teeth

Orthodontic Options for Straighter Teeth

Considering orthodontic options to straighten teeth largely hinges on the diagnosis and where the individual is on the continuum of mild to severe orthodontic condition.  Teeth may need straightening to improve bite and speech, to prevent development of a jaw disorder, or to correct teeth misalignment. Click here.

Nowadays, there are a range of modern choices for comfortable and convenient teeth straightening treatment:

Removable braces systems

Mild orthodontic conditions such as irregularly spaced teeth, crooked or protruding teeth, and overcrowded teeth may be corrected with a removable braces system. Retainers are an example of removable braces systems used to keep teeth in their proper positions after teeth straightening with a fixed braces system.

Removable braces systems include near-invisible aligners made out of clear plastic to resemble a mouth shield or guard that fits over the front teeth. The aligners may be replaced ever two weeks, such as with Invisalign technology, as teeth straightening progresses. Clearstep is another example of a removable braces system designed to be easily removed for sporting activities, teeth cleaning, eating, singing and playing of musical instruments.

Compare to Invisalign.

Fixed braces systems

Fixed braces systems are often used to treat more severe orthodontic conditions. Modern fixed braces systems differ from traditional metal braces in that elastics are not used in the design, and brackets are made out of tooth-coloured ceramics. More information.

Braces are also used during smile makeovers. Click here.

Lingual braces systems

Lingual fixed braces systems offer complete discretion as the tooth-coloured brackets are fitted behind the front teeth, not visible to others when smiling.  Incorporating self-ligating technology, Lingual braces systems are designed to be passive and to reduce friction for improved comfort and oral functions such as eating and speaking.

Other orthodontic devices

To correct bite functions and jaw disorders, orthodontic head gears are available. These devices go a step further than fixed braces systems in that they aid in regulating the movement of the jaw for proper bite function. An individual receiving treatment with alternate orthodontic devices for severe malocclusion may progress to removal of the head gear and use of a retainer later to keep teeth in their proper positions.

Choosing a braces system

While the orthodontic diagnosis plays a key role in the type of braces or aligner system recommended by the dentist, personal preference does too. Individuals have options in choices of fixed and removable braces systems as more brands appear on the market with unique features for making teeth straightening a pleasant experience. Finding out about these choices from dentists and research will help you choose the right orthodontic treatment for you.