A beautiful smile is something everyone desires, first of all, because of its aesthetical role, given that straight and white teeth are showed by cinema and television stars and are dreamed by many people.
A proper alignment of the teeth is also critical for chewing, and many problems, such as those related to the bones, the spinal column and neck, can be reduced by teeth straightening.
Healthy teeth mean white enamel, no cavities, pink gums and strong jawbones, but to achieve these results it is not easy and time can be needed. As a matter of fact, usually teeth straightening takes place during childhood, a period of the life in which teeth and bones are more easy to move and set in the proper position, anyway many adults can do that.
Children or people suffering from overcrowding, malocclusion, underdeveloped palate or narrow upper jaw can correct these conditions, orthodontic devices are numerous, and everyone can find the most suitable solution. Dental braces are the traditional methods used to straighten teeth; they can be made of stainless steel, ceramic or plastic.
Braces usually require several months, or more than a year, to achieve the desired result and these devices are mostly used on patients with severe conditions. They can be applied to children and adults. Over recent years, many other technologies have been developed to straighten teeth faster and to preserve the aesthetical appearance of the mouth throughout the treatment.
There are fixed retainer, or lingual retainers, that are attached to the inner surface of the teeth; otherwise, it is possible to wear removable retainers, that can be removed by the patient himself or herself. There are known Invisalign, a series of removable teeth aligners, which are almost invisible.
Apart from the traditional orthodontic braces, which can be used by virtually every patient, other technologies are not suitable for everyone, and only your dentist or orthodontist can decide which treatment is best. Moreover, straightening teeth is a slow process, which may require additional treatments to maintain the results obtained, and it is usually quite expensive.
Even if the costs can be outside of the patient’s flow rate, have straight teeth is something that goes beyond the simple aesthetic result, and can be useful to prevent several future problems. Every patient should consider the opportunities at his/her disposal, both for the type of treatment and for any funding or insurance coverage.