There are many benefits that come with straightening teeth, some are obvious, such as having a more attractive smile that a person can feel confident in sharing, whilst other benefits are less well known, such as that straighter teeth are healthier to boot.
Crooked and crowded teeth can be hard to keep clean. Where teeth are very tightly packed together and even cross over, bacteria can breed and become a troublesome cause of decay.
There are many reasons as to why a person can find themselves with teeth that do not align neatly. One of the main reasons is genetic, where parents who have had an overbite, an underbite or teeth that are out of alignment pass this trait on to their children.
Other factors, such as prolonged thumb sucking or pacifier use, injury to teeth or the jaw during childhood, as well as the modern diet of softer food; all contribute to problematic conditions of teeth and jaw alignment.
Because so many people suffer from this affliction, a specialised area of dentistry has been designed to deal with the realignment of teeth and jaws. Orthodontics in Weybridge has all the equipment, highly trained staff and technology required, to quickly and effectively restore a patient’s mouth to full functionality, revealing the true beauty within.
A delicate field of dentistry that works with both technical precision, as well as the cosmetic eye for beauty, these professionals are always eager to transform the lives of their patients with a multitude of different devices that they can use to straighten a patient’s teeth.
What are some of these models?
Of course, a different device works best for different cases and a dentist will speak with their patients about what they believe to be the best alignment device for their personal situation. It really comes down to two different kinds of devices and many different brands and styles within these two kinds.
These are either removable or fixed braces. Removable braces work best for people with mild to moderate conditions and can be taken out for a period of time, usually for the patient to eat. Often they are clear, plastic trays, but they can also be with a single wire across the front of teeth as well.
Fixed braces are more traditional models which involve gluing a bracket to the front or back of teeth and attaching wires to these brackets. This allows for greater control and manipulation of the teeth, which is why these models are still favoured by dentists for complex cases.
Modern technology means that the brackets can be smaller and can be made from ceramic, making them more fragile but difficult to be seen. For those people who are concerned about their appearance during the treatment process, lingual braces, which are attached to the back of their teeth, might be a suitable option.
There are advantages and disadvantages to each option and a dentist will go through these individually with their patient, so that they are together better able to come up with a treatment plan that is best suited to that patient’s individual needs.