Straighter teeth is something we all want. In addition to building your confidence with a great smile, straight teeth comes with a lot of health benefits such as; easier cleaning, improved biting, healthier gums, reduced wear, and reduced risk of dental injury. So if you’re looking to get your teeth straightened but have questions about the process, here are some helpful answers to the questions patients usually have about teeth straightening.
How do i get started?
There are different types of orthodontic issues that lead to either misaligned or crooked teeth. So the first step in your teeth straightening journey should be booking a consultation with a local Invisalign Surrey dental practice where a dentist will examine your teeth and create a treatment plan specifically for you.
What are my treatment options?
There are many treatment options that can effectively straighten your teeth, and it all boils down to your personal preference. A common method of teeth straightening is the traditional metal braces or lingual braces. This method works well for all ages. Alternatively, you can also use Invisalign clear aligners, which are just as effective as traditional braces. Other treatment options include; cosmetic contouring, palate expanders, veneers, retainers and surgery.
How long will my treatment last?
The duration of your treatment usually depends on factors like; the severity of your case, the treatment type and the degree of movement needed. Minor cases of teeth straightening can be completed anywhere between 4-9 months. Traditional metal braces and Invisalign can take between 6-24 months.
How often will I need dental appointments?
Your preferred treatment option and the severity of your condition will determine the frequency of visits you need to make to your orthodontist. After your initial consultation, your orthodontist should be able to tell you the number of months that your treatment will take and how often you will need to get check-ups to achieve the best outcome.
What lifestyle changes do I need to make during treatment?
Like most treatments, you will need to make certain changes to your lifestyle during teeth straightening. For example, you will need to avoid foods that stain if you have metal braces. You will also need to limit the consumption of sugary foods and drinks. During sports activities like wrestling, basketball, or football, you will need to wear a mouth guard.
Teeth straightening can also affect the way you brush. With Invisalign, you will need to brush both your teeth and the aligner trays after every meal. For traditional metal braces, you will need to tilt your toothbrush bristles angularly in order for them to reach the surface of the tooth under the wires while brushing.
A strict oral hygiene routine is necessary when wearing braces or Invisalign as it prevents the build-up of bacteria, which can result in tooth infection or decay, decalcification and gum disease.
How much will my treatment cost?
The cost of teeth straightening depends on a number of factors. From the treatment type and complexity of your condition to the duration of treatment and the number of appointments needed.
Can my insurance cover the treatment?
Many insurance companies with dental coverage can cover the costs of getting braces for teeth straightening. The NHS, for example, usually covers the costs of teeth straightening for children below the age of 18. Adults with complex dental needs may also get braces fitted through the NHS. For uninsured or under-insured patients paying out of pocket, many dental practices have flexible payment plans available.
Teeth straightening offers a lot of benefits, but the process is one that requires commitment, so it is important that you understand the basics in order to make an informed decision. Hopefully the answers provided above have helped answer your questions about the process.