Straightening Teeth

Posted on : 09-08-2014 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Dental Implants, Dentist and Dentistry, Oral Health

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Having straight teeth is not only better looking, but it is healthier for your as well. Straightening your teeth is actually an important step in ensuring good oral health down the road. Straightening your teeth will most likely be a process that takes some time, but it will be worth it when your teeth are healthier and you have a more beautiful smile. There are several different options for straightening teeth.Two great options for straightening your teeth are traditional braces or Invisalign.

Straightening Teeth

Why You Need to Straighten Your Teeth

Straightening your teeth is not just to satisfy your vanity. More importantly, straightening your teeth is about maintaining good oral health. Many problems can be created when your teeth are not straight and your upper and bottom jaws not aligned. If you have gaps between your teeth, more of your gum is left exposed to the bacteria that causes gingivitis and periodontal disease. These diseases create weak gums that recede from the teeth, leaving the teeth exposed to decay and prone to becoming loose, because the gums are not holding them tightly in place. If you have overcrowded teeth, you have an environment that is ideal for plaque and tartar buildup. It is difficult to clean between overcrowded and overlapping teeth. Even with floss and professional dental instruments, overcrowded teeth cannot be cleaned as well as straight teeth can. When top and bottom teeth do not align correctly, it can cause uneven wearing on the teeth, particularly the back molars.


Braces are the traditional method of straightening teeth and are very effective. Braces are made up of several different components. First, metal or sometimes ceramic brackets are glued to the surface of your teeth. Depending on the teeth that need to be moved, brackets may or may not be attached to all your teeth. A metal wire is then strung along the brackets and attached to the brackets by small rubber bands. The wire and bands are adjusted periodically in order to keep the teeth moving in the proper direction. Braces generally take a year or longer before final results are achieved. Once results are achieved, they are permanent as long as you follow the advice of your dental physician. You will probably have to wear a retainer once the braces are removed in order to keep the teeth from trying to move back to their old positions.


The Invisalign system works on the same principle as braces by exerting constant pressure on the teeth. However, the Invisalign system is made up of a series of plastic aligner trays that are molded specifically to fit your mouth. These trays are removable and are replaced every two weeks with a new set of trays to keep your teeth moving. Invisalign can be very effective, but can also be less effective than braces for several reasons. One of the biggest reasons that removable aligner trays can be less effective is the option you have of not wearing them. To really work, trays must be worn between 20 and 22 hours a day. Talk to your dentist about Invisalign.

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