What Is the Easiest Way to Get a Straighter Smile?

Lots of people have a slightly crooked smile as orthodontics was probably less common when many adults were growing up. Nowadays increasing numbers of people are seeking dental advice on how to get a more cosmetically perfect smile. While it’s nice to retain a little bit of individuality in the way your teeth appear, straightening out particularly crooked teeth can help oral health. This is something that’s easy to overlook when thinking about ways to get a straighter smile, but it’s a factor that will be taken into account by your dentist in Berkshire . There are several different ways to get a straighter smile and it all depends on whether or not your teeth are quite out of alignment, or if you have any substantial problems with the way your teeth bite together.

six-month-smileIf your teeth are only slightly crooked possible treatments could include dental veneers or cosmetic braces. Cosmetic braces are designed to work quite quickly, often within just a few weeks or months but do not make any major changes to the way the teeth are aligned. Instead they work on the teeth that are visible when smiling and talking with others, producing an effect that is cosmetic rather than having any impact on oral health. Cosmetic braces are extremely good if you happen to have teeth that are slightly overcrowded or which are overlapping, or if you have one or two teeth that are slightly out of line. Dental veneers can also help bring slightly crooked teeth back into line but this treatment does mean removing a small amount of tooth structure, and once it’s been removed you will need to commit to having dental veneers for the rest of your life. Dental veneers are a quicker treatment which can make them very appealing, and they can also be especially good for hiding any minor discolorations or imperfections in teeth. Otherwise your dentist in Berkshire might recommend cosmetic braces to straighten the teeth as much as possible before placing just one or two veneers to help perfect the final results.

Invisible Braces

If your teeth are more substantially misaligned their adult orthodontics could be a wise choice. Popular systems such as Invisalign can straighten teeth within a year to a year and a half. This might seem like quite a long time but the results can make it well worth the effort. Invisalign are what’s called invisible braces, and this means treatment consists of wearing clear plastic aligners that fit tightly over the teeth and which will gradually move them into the correct positions. Each set of aligners is worn for two weeks for approximately 22 hours each day before being exchanged for a fresh set that will continue the tooth movement. It’s a very easy system to use and you’ll probably only need to pop in to see Dr Utpalendu Bose or another dentist at Old Windsor Dental Practice every six weeks or so. During treatment you’ll be able to clean your teeth as normal as the braces are taken out at meal times and whenever you drink something. This means there’s no need to avoid hard or especially crunchy foods that could damage fixed braces.

There are a lot of different options when thinking about straightening your teeth, but your dentist in Berkshire will be able to discuss all the treatments available so you can choose the procedures that will give you the healthiest and straightest smile.