About half of the US population visits dentists every year. Many of those people see their dental practitioners for advice on how to straighten their teeth.
The western world’s obsession with great smiles is understandable. Straight teeth give people confidence, they help them find the will to communicate, seize opportunities, and more.
So then, how can one achieve their straight teeth ambitions? As it turns out, there’s more than one answer to that question!
Keep reading to learn a handful of means people employ to improve their smiles.
1. Traditional Braces
The most widely touted tool people use to obtain straight teeth is braces. Braces are a series of brackets and wires that get cemented to a patient’s teeth and slowly pull those teeth into place, over time.
While braces have proven themselves effective, the treatment time and visibility of this method turn off many people. Braces can easily take two years or more to do their work and are also uncomfortable to wear.
The teeth alignment technology that’s taking over traditional braces is Invisalign. Invisalign used to be a niche treatment that only affluent adults invested in to straighten their smiles. Not anymore.
Now, Invisalign is used by adults and youth alike from all walks of life!
Invisalign works by sending a series of clear retainers to patient’s homes which they wear throughout the day and swap out every two weeks or so. Over time, these retainers will slowly reform user’s smiles.
You can read more about Invisalign online.
If the idea of waiting months/years for your smile to slowly move into place sounds like more trouble than it’s worth, you may want to explore veneers.
Dental veneers are a nuclear option when it comes to achieving straighter teeth. A dental professional will go in, gut all of the teeth out of your mouth, sew the resulting holes in your gums, and then drill in lifelike, perfect teeth where your natural ones used to be.
Lots of people who have that “Hollywood smile” are people that have adopted veneers. Veneers are becoming affordable and can give you the smile of your dreams in a day.
When money is an issue and insurance isn’t there to help, you may have to get creative when it comes to straightening teeth. This is where banding techniques have found their niche.
Banding is the controversial practice of using high-tension rubber bands to pull teeth in directions to close gaps. Success with this method is mixed but some DIY enthusiasts have sworn by banding’s ability to help them get past small tooth insecurities they have.
If you have an obvious gap in your teeth and a few hundred dollars, dental professionals can fill in your gap with “bonding”, a special resin material that’ll expand your teeth to fill the void.
Bonding is an easy process that takes less than an hour to complete. Note though that if the gap in your teeth is too large, bonding may not be a viable option.
Straight Teeth Can Straighten Your Life
Believe it or not, having straight teeth can have a huge impact on the quality of your life. If you’re looking for a boost in confidence to propel you towards being your truest self, don’t delay and invest in your smile today.
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